Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center Spiritual Services

Spiritual Services exists to meet the spiritual, emotional and ethical needs of patients, families and staff at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center.

Chaplains at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center can be contacted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chaplains provide services that include:

  • Patient support
  • Holy Communion
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Staff support
  • Chapel Services

Call a chaplain when you:

  • see signs/expressions indicating spiritual distress (anger, resentment, despair, fear, hopelessness, worry, anxiety, guilt, shame, alienation)
  • are anticipating surgery or health-related procedures 
  • receive a new, serious diagnosis 
  • experience changes in health conditions leading to patient and family anxiety 
  • need to make ethical and health care decisions 
  • see a patient experiencing anger at God or asking, "Why?" 
  • experience a loss of a sense of hope or meaning; abandonment and isolation 
  • need to fulfill a sacrament or prayer need  
  • need dying/death support for patient and family 
  • need help with grief and loss issues 
  • need to help a patient deal with the loss of a family member or close friend

Chapel Information

If you need a place of quiet, prayer and reflection, you are welcome anytime in the chapel located on the second floor of Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center or the chapel located on the first floor near the dining room of Saint Elizabeth's Health Care Center.

Religious Services


Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center - Sunday at 9 a.m.; Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Saint Elizabeth's Health Care Center - Saturday at 4 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Worship Services:

Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center - Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Saint Elizabeth's Health Care Center - first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.; Fridays the remaining weeks of the month at 10 a.m.

Memorial Prayer Services:

Memorial Prayer Services are held twice a year; one in the spring at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center Chapel and one in the fall at Saint Elizabeth's Health Care Center Chapel. These services are held to honor the patients, residents, and family members of employees who have died since the previous prayer service.

Contact Information

If you are hospitalized you may be visited by a chaplain. If you wish a chaplain to visit you at any time:

  • Ask your nurse to arrange a visit.

The chaplain can be contacted Monday-Thursday, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. After hours, weekends, holidays, or any other time the chaplain is not available, the on-call chaplain will respond to all requests.

Patient/Family Needs

Chaplains respond to spiritual needs with an understanding and sensitivity to cultures, belief systems and denominational requests. They minister to the rich and diverse needs of patients and families of all ages, races and ethnic backgrounds. Chaplains respond to crisis situations and facilitate communication with those involved, assess needs, process feelings and assist individuals in applying their spiritual and emotional resources to the situation.

Chaplains are an intricate part of the family/staff dialogue for organ and tissue procurement. They are actively involved with various hospital committees and offer in-service seminars to other disciplines regarding the spiritual dimension of holistic patient care.

In addition, the chaplain networks with visiting pastors and church affiliates who connect with their church members.

Spiritual Services Department at Saint Elizabeth's Medical Center exists as an integral part of the health care team to provide spiritual and supportive assistance in providing a holistic approach to patients, residents, staff, and their families.

Chaplains provide services that include:

  • Patient, resident and family support
  • Sacramental support
  • Staff support
  • Chapel Services

Chaplains may be called when:

  • Patient/resident becomes critical and/or appears to be dying
  • Relatives/friends need support
  • Patient/resident dies and relatives are present
  • Patient/resident is exhibiting anger, depression, guilt, grief, hopelessness, worry, anxiety, shame or alienation
  • Employee or relative of an employee experiences a loss or tragedy

If you wish a visit from your own parish clergy, you or your family should notify them that you are a patient in the hospital. If you minister is from a distance and unable to visit you, a visit with a pastor of your faith may be arranged at your request.

Spiritual Services Staff

Spiritual Services exists to meet the spiritual, emotional and ethical needs of patients, families and staff.

Sister Esther Leis
Director of Spiritual Services Department

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