Our hospitals routinely share best practices that have proven to enhance patient care and bring other positive outcomes. So it comes as no surprise that since Mississippi Baptist Medical Center placed a prayer cross in its lobby and gave another one to Baptist Memphis to commemorate the start of our shared mission agreement, many of our hospitals quickly began adding prayer crosses of their own.
Today most of our hospitals have prayer crosses, and other entities – including our Baptist College of Health Sciences and Baptist Medical Group – are considering adding prayer crosses in their facilities. Not only are these beautiful sculptures a reminder of Jesus Christ’s ultimate sacrifice, they’re also a place where patients, visitors, team members and physicians can submit prayer requests. We have received nearly a quarter of a million prayer requests so far, and our pastoral care team prays over each and every one of them.
It’s so rewarding to see how our team has come together to provide this special service. Mississippi Baptist Medical Center team members make all the crosses, and several hospital volunteer groups have helped pay for them.
These prayer crosses, and the efforts of all of those responsible for bringing them to our facilities, show our commitment to living our mission – which mirrors Christ’s three-fold ministry of healing, preaching and teaching – every day, in everything we do. As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior this month, it warms my heart to know so many of you are expanding on this commitment in such a meaningful way.