Chaplains respond daily 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 able to respond to denominational/sacramental needs, ethical concerns, and to issues of grief, death and dying. 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.
A chaplain is also available to the outpatient area to provide ministry to patients and families of same-day surgeries and to respond to referrals in the emergency room. In addition, the department staff networks with visiting pastors and church affiliates who connect with their church members.
Emotional and spiritual support are available to you when you are:
- feeling depressed
- anticipating surgery
- coping with long-term illness
- concerned about a personal relationship with God
- facing the death of a loved one
- having difficulty communicating with family
- feeling abandoned by God
- seeking prayer support
- looking for a friend to listen to a personal problem, clarify a situation or help you come to a difficult decision
- making ethical and health care decisions
Other services we offer:
- Holy Communion
- Anointing of the Sick
- Reconciliation (confession)
- pastoral counseling
- pastoral visit
These services are available upon request. We invite you to let us know your needs. 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. Parish clergy who visit do have access to the names of their parishioners, but they are not always able to visit the Hospital every day and may not realize you are a patient here. If your minister is from a distance and unable to visit you, a visit with a pastor of your faith may be arranged at your request.