Pastoral Care Team

Leading the department is the director, Danny Cavett.  Chaplain Cavett has been recognized for outstanding work throughout his career here of more than 29 years.  He was honored as the national HCA Frist Humanitarian Award winner in 2002.  

Danny is a member of the Board of Directors of numerous organizations including:  the Leukemia Lymphoma Society, LifeShare Transplant Donor Services of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Blood Institute, and Oklahoma Children's Cancer Association.  A member of the Institutional Review Board of the OU Health Sciences Center and OU Medical Center Ethics Committee, Chaplain Cavett was appointed by the Oklahoma State Attorney General to the Oklahoma End of Life Task Force.   

Chaplain Cavett was featured in People Magazine following the 1995 Alfred P. Murrah Building Bombing.  He is also the founder, namesake and director for Camp Cavett, the camp he created in 1997 for chronically ill children.

There are nine full-time and two part-time Chaplains with over 160 combined years of pastoral care experience.  In addition to regularly providing support to patients, families and hospital employees, the chaplains also lend their expertise to various areas of specialized service: 

  • Chaplain Trish Abolins divides her time between the Employee Assistance Program and Employee Crisis Fund and bereavement support.

  • Chaplain Ron Phelps provides care in the prenatal area and Neonate Intensive Care Unit.

  • Chaplains James Baughman and Marilyn Barton provide leadership with the training of lay ministers through the Stephen Ministry.

  • Chaplain Jon Wilson directs special services held throughout the year, such as Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. 

  • Chaplains Larry Bilyeu and Ken Hathaway provide support in the area of Decedent Affairs.

  • Chaplain Mike McElroy maintains the chaplains' schedule of hospital coverage.

  • The department's Administrative Assistant, Donna Daniels-Diehm, helps run the office as smoothly as possible.

There is also a cadre of per diem chaplains, volunteers, Clinical Pastoral Education and Stephen Ministry students, which allow the patients and their family access to pastoral care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.