Support Services: Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

Stormont Vail Health Spiritual Care providers — commonly known as chaplains — are experienced clergy, approved and endorsed by their faith group, who have graduate degrees in theology, and specialized clinical training to provide spiritual and pastoral care and counseling.

They are trained listeners who are ready to provide confidential assistance to people of all faiths and backgrounds, as well as those with no religious background, 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 Spiritual Care providers are experienced in:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Spiritual assessment
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Grief and loss care
  • Stress management
  • Conflict mediation

Spiritual Care providers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week 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. And they are available for prayer, consultation, and other spiritual needs.

Please let your nurse, or any health care team member, know if you would like a visit from a chaplain. You can also call Health Connections at (785) 354-5225 and ask to talk with or page a Spiritual Care provider.

For Patients and Families

  • Bedside visitation and support — whether you are anxious, lonely, stretched thin, at wit’s end, wrestling deep inside, or even celebrating happy news
  • Professional, caring presence if you are hurting, frightened, waiting for someone, or just need to talk
  • Prayer, religious ceremonies, and sacraments — or skills in locating a clergyman or other spiritual leader of your faith background who can provide these services
  • Assistance with communication between caregivers and patients
  • Referral to local resources

For Stormont Vail Health Staff and Employees

  • Spiritual and pastoral support
  • Listening ear, resources, and encouragement
  • Ethics discussions
  • Informal counseling

For the Medical Team

  • Consultation regarding patient care, family dynamics, values, and beliefs
  • Ability to mobilize spiritual and religious resources to contribute to healing
  • Interpretation of meaning of illness, life, and death from different perspectives
  • Skills in facilitating communication between medical team, patient, family, and community
  • Leading debriefings for your team
  • Information on and guidance in meditation practices
  • Offering care for the caregiver

For the Community

  • Access to churches, congregations, denominations, faith groups, and other spiritual resources
  • Ministry assistance and support to local clergy visiting patients at Stormont Vail Health
  • Referrals to local agencies, counselors, support groups, etc.
  • Periodic training for clergy and other spiritual care providers