Our Pastoral Services department is committed to maintaining the highest standards of professional ethics and behavior in bringing spiritual care to all who would benefit from and wish to have such services.
All services offered by this department shall be offered regardless of religious background, gender, race, ethnic heritage, or life style.
When Should Pastoral Care Be Contacted?
- When death is imminent or when death occurs.
- When a patient is asking for a pastor, priest, rabbi, or other spiritual leader.
- When a traumatic injury or “code arrest” leaves family members in need of support and comfort.
- When a patient (or the friend or relative of a patient) is experiencing grief because of any kind of loss.
- When a person is experiencing severe emotional or spiritual distress indicated by anxiety, grief, guilt, loneliness, confusion, anger, depression, and/or hopelessness.
- When a person’s attitudes or beliefs seem to be affecting his or her health.
- When a person seems to be expressing fears or concerns around spiritual issues.
- When a patient or family member is wrestling with questions related to issues of biomedical nature (e.g. questions about
life-sustaining procedures or advance directives.)
- When a patient’s condition indicates some possible spiritual, moral, or social difficulties— such as suicide attempts,
unwanted pregnancies, family violence, abuse.
- When a patient is without visitors and suffering extreme loneliness.
- When the family is in need of support or spiritual counsel.
- If you would like to speak with a chaplain, ask your nurse or call the hospital operator by dialing "0".