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San Juan Regional Medical Center welcomes new chaplain

(Courtesy photo) Reverend Linda Stetter, a native of Aztec, returns to the area as chaplain for San Juan Regional Medical Center.
Chaplain returns to northern New Mexico

San Juan Regional Medical Center announced that Rev. Linda Stetter joined the hospital as chaplain and manager of spiritual care.

Stetter received a master’s of divinity, cum laude, from Boston University School of Theology. She has a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s in English from Eastern New Mexico University. She is an ordained elder in full connection with the United Methodist Church. She is also ecclesiastically endorsed for hospital chaplaincy by the United Methodist Endorsing Agency.

Stetter has experience serving as a pastor as well as a hospital chaplain. She spent six years in Pueblo as director of mission integration and spiritual care at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center. She grew up in Aztec and speaks in English and Spanish.

Regardless of spiritual, religious or cultural background, the chaplain and volunteers from spiritual care provide support to patients and families, looking to compassionately connect with them and build bridges of trust. Patients who would like a visit from Stetter should contact their nurse for a referral.

San Juan Regional Medical Center also has a chapel on the main level, near the Emergency Department, and meditation rooms on each of the patient floors past the double doors at the end of the hallway in the East Tower.