Stormont-Vail Chaplains are experienced clergy, authorized and sanctioned by their faith group, having graduate degrees in theology and specialized clinical training to provide pastoral care and counseling. They are trained listeners who are ready to provide confidential assistance to people of all faiths and backgrounds without judgment, bias or pressure on the individual. Their philosophy of care is that treatment of the whole person-body, mind and spirit-is integral to health and healing. Our chaplains are experienced in:
- Crisis intervention
- Spiritual assessment
- Interdisciplinary collaboration
- Grief and loss care
- Stress management
- Conflict mediation
The chaplains are available to help patients, family and staff work through difficult personal, spiritual and ethical issues. They are able to fill a special role during terminal illness. They are available for prayer, consultation and other spiritual needs.
Pastoral Care/Spiritual Care
Patients and Families
- Bedside visitation and support whether you are anxious, lonely, stretched thin, at wit's end, wrestling deep inside or rejoicing
- Emergency room and waiting area presence if you are hurting, frightened, waiting for someone or just need to talk
- Provide prayer, religious ceremonies and sacraments or locate someone from your faith background who can
- Assistance with communication between caregivers and receivers
- Referral to community clergy or other local resources
Stormont-Vail Staff and Employees
- Pastoral support
- Friendship and encouragement
- Ethics discussions
- Informal counseling
- Consultation regarding patient care, family dynamics, values and beliefs
- Mobilize spiritual and religious resources to contribute to healing
- Interpretation of meaning of illness, life and death from different perspectives
- Facilitate communication between medical team, patient, family and community
- Access to churches, congregations, denominations, faith groups and other spiritual resources
- Ministry assistance and support to local clergy visiting patients at Stormont-Vail
- Referrals to local agencies, counselors, support groups, etc.
- Periodic training for clergy and other spiritual care providers
The Stormont-Vail chapel is located on the first floor between the north and south towers. Built in 1927, given by Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Zahner and named The Chapel of Our Merciful Saviour, the chapel has never been moved or significantly changed. The chapel was first used by students and nurses who attended a short service of prayer and hymns to start their day. Today a weekly prayer service is held at 12:05 p.m. each Wednesday and special services are held on Christmas Eve, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and Easter. These services are open to everyone-patients, families, visitors and staff-and are broadcast to patient rooms on the hospital closed circuit television system. The chapel is a beautiful sacred space available 24 hours a day for prayer, meditation, reflection and a chance to find solace away from the hospital milieu.
Chaplains are available around the clock to respond to emergency needs. Please ask a member of the nursing staff to request an urgent chaplain visit. To arrange for a non-urgent visit from a chaplain, please ask a member of the patient care staff to assist you or call the chaplain's main number (785) 354-6095. Chaplains are available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, some evenings and Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 12 noon.