TROY, Mo. – Kelly Hardcastle bustles through the halls joyfully greeting each patient at Mercy Hospital Lincoln. A chaplain at the hospital since 2012, Kelly begins each visit by introducing himself and immediately asks questions to get to know the patients more personally. His kind and gentle nature provides spiritual healing.
During the month of December, Kelly asks each patient their favorite Christmas song and proceeds to sing, encouraging them to join in.
“It is a blessing to fulfill the calling that God has placed upon my life,” Kelly said. “I receive joy when I have the opportunity to minister to the patients and co-workers at Mercy Hospital Lincoln.”
Kelly is not reluctant to sing; the son of gospel singers, his parents and grandparents were regular performers at the Grand Ole Opry singing beautiful gospel hymns.
“Patients light up as Kelly enters the room,” said Tony Rothermich, Mercy Hospital Lincoln administrator. “It’s a very humbling experience to join Kelly in greeting each patient and see how he brightens their day.”
Chaplains like Kelly offer care to meet the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, families and staff. Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help patients and visitors access the spiritual guidance they desire.
Click here to watch Kelly and patient Norman sing.