The hospital chaplain or a chaplain associate, representing the Pastoral
Care Department, may visit patients in their rooms to determine if there
are any spiritual or personal concerns. Patients and/or family members
often find it comforting to talk or pray with these trained, dedicated
The Pastoral Care Department exists because of a partnership between the
hospital and the Tri-State Chaplaincy Committee. Representatives from
the area ministerial association and the hospital administration serve
on the Chaplaincy Committee. The chaplain is a full-time hospital employee,
providing pastoral services to patients and their families.
The chaplain responds to medical emergencies 24 hours a day, and is available
to families in times of grief and emotional distress. He also trains volunteer
chaplain associates and supervises their visits to patients.
The Chaplaincy Committee acts as a liaison between the hospital and the
religious community, safeguards patient rights to religious choice and
provides educational programs for area clergy. You may request the hospital
chaplain through your nurse.
If you wish your pastor or church be notified about your admission, please
alert your nurse or hospital chaplain.
The ELCH Chapel is located in the Fisher Solarium on the first floor of
the West Wing. It is always open. Patients and visitors are invited to
make use of it for prayer, meditation and counseling.