Ridgetop, Tenn., Church member David Gargner recently launched a podcast miniseries called “Eternal Medicine Podcast.” This is a self-started ministry meant to serve as a tool for medical professionals wanting to better meet the spiritual needs of their patients.
Garner, who currently works as an occupational therapist at Tristar Skyline Hospital, was inspired to create the podcast after he realized there was little training available for medical professionals trying to address the spiritual worries of a patient. According to Garner, this was something he personally struggled with.
“When you’re in the hospital, you’re away from family and friends,” Garner said. “You may be getting a medical diagnosis that may be long term or possibly even terminal. So, I was thinking, how I can help patients beyond their physical needs in an ethical way?”
In his podcast, Garner interviews different people in the medical field such as nurses, doctors, mental health counselors and physical therapists. The miniseries, which was launched on September 24, 2021, will have a total of eight episodes.
Garner says the hardest part of this project has been finding the time to conduct the interviews and edit the podcast, which has taken a bit over six months to produce. The podcast is currently available in all major streaming platforms including Apple Podcast, Spotify, and Google Podcasts.
“I have heard back from a couple of listeners who told me they were blessed by it,” Garner said. “I was excited to hear that because I want [the podcast] to make a difference.”
Eternal Medicine Podcast currently has three live episodes, with the remaining five coming out weekly until the end of November. Garner says his next project is to start a Sabbath morning devotional podcast.