May 15, 2018

Norwood Hospital Spiritual Care Director to speak at International Conference

Norwood Hospital Spiritual Care Director to speak at International Conference


Norwood, MA – May 3, 2018 –Laura Kolmar, D-Min., Chaplain and Director of Spiritual Care at Norwood Hospital will travel to Newcastle, Australia to speak at the country’s national conference on Spiritual Care in early May 2018


The Spiritual Care Australia conference theme is “Towards New Horizons” and much of the education will focus on diversity in spirituality and meeting contemporary spiritual needs of individuals in an ever-changing world. Dr. Kolmar will conduct a workshop “Bow Towards New Horizons: The Body at Work in Spiritual Care,” on the universal desire for wholeness rooted in human connectivity. She will explore practical ways for Spiritual Care providers to connect with others, creating safe and accepting relationships, characterized by trust while maintaining healthy boundaries.  


Dr. Kolmar brings more than 30 years of pastoral experience to Norwood Hospital and had recently served as a Pediatric Chaplain Resident at UNC Hospitals in North Carolina and as a Director of Pastoral Services with RENEW International. A graduate of Yale Divinity School, Dr. Kolmar has conducted trainings, workshops, and retreats all across the United States and Internationally in Canada and South Africa.  


Locally, Dr. Kolmar who also chairs the Norwood Hospital Ethics Committee has been proactive about celebrating and embracing the cultural and spiritual diversity of the staff and patients of Norwood Hospital and the community at large.  


“Dr. Kolmar deeply understands the connection between spirituality and healing,” says Donna Rubinate, Chief Nursing Officer of Norwood Hospital. “Her approach is authentic and practical and both staff and patients seem to truly appreciate the warmth, intellect and humor she brings to her ministry.”


About Norwood Hospital
Norwood Hospital is a full-service, 215-bed community hospital for adults and children with a focus on delivering world-class health care along with the latest advances in technology and treatment options. Norwood Hospital is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, who owns and operates 36 community hospitals nationwide which regularly receive top awards for quality and safety and has more than 37,000 employees. The Steward network includes thousands of physicians who care for approximately 2 million patients annually. Additional information is available at