The Spiritual Care Department works collaboratively to help patients, family members and staff to address emotional, spiritual and religious needs. We serve as liaisons, connecting members of the healthcare team, patients and families, and - if requested - clergy or other religious leaders in the community.
Our multi-faith team provides inclusive spiritual care and can explore how your own sense of faith and spirituality may be a healing, comforting resource to you. We will address your unique spiritual journey and support your needs when an ordinary sense of meaning and hope has been disrupted by illness, sudden hospitalization or a life-changing event.
Chaplains value the uniqueness of each person’s spiritual path and provide compassionate support to those of all religious traditions and those who are unaffiliated but seeking support.
How to Contact Us
A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. After hours a chaplain is available for emergencies only. At any hour, the on-call chaplain will triage requests and direct them, when appropriate, to a faith-specific chaplain (i.e. Catholic priest, Rabbi, Imam).
Chaplain Samuel Lowe, Ph.D.
Director of Chaplaincy Services
Fr. Ignatius Nze
Coordinator of Catholic Pastoral Services
Fr. Andrew Nkwocha
Rev. Jennie R. Gould, Ph.D. BCC
Director of Clinical Pastoral Education
Rabbi Jeffrey Faust
Imam Faaruuq, Muslim Chaplain
Jehovah's Witness Hospital Liaison
- Bedside visits during a hospital stay
- Conversation and prayer before surgery
- Meditation and prayer
- Emotional support for families and friends
- Deep listening
- Rituals and Sacraments when requested
- Worship leadership within the medical center
- Consultation on religious or ethical questions
- Referral to a spiritual community, when requested, upon discharge
- Care for your spirit during your physical healing
- Emergency Baptisms, namings and blessings
- End of life rituals
- Memorial services
When to Call a Chaplain
- When you are anxious about your or your loved one’s condition
- When you receive bad news
- When you need spiritual encouragement
- When you need assistance with a religious observance or tradition while in the hospital (i.e. dietary needs, fasting, Shabbat candles, Holy Communion, Sacrament of the Sick)
- When you want someone to pray with you
- When you are struggling with the meaning of your illness
- When you are grieving a loss
- For spiritual and emotional support during hospitalization (before or after a procedure, while awaiting test results, when making decisions, preparing for discharge from hospital, etc.)
- For 1-on-1 guided meditation
- For referral to local community of worship