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Patients and staff members at Via Christi Hospital now have a new place to worship

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Patients and staff members at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg now have a new place to worship and reflect.

The Our Lady of Mount Carmel Chapel was blessed and dedicated this afternoon.

Staff members have been planning the chapel's layout since January 2011 and crews completed construction yesterday.

Hospital employees say the peaceful environment will aid many patients in their healing process.

"I think this amplifies our healing presence in the community," said Jay Gilchrist, Director of Mission Integration, Via Christi Hospital.  "It's something that people have awaited for a long time. It's somewhere people will stay and wait for God for a long time because there are many challenges along the journey of illness, and there's a good spot now to spend some good time with God."

Staff members say the project cost more than an estimated $250,000.
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