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Spiritual Care

When you need comfort, our chaplains are here for you.

Our hospital chaplains are available to patients and their loved ones 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We’re here to listen, to pray with you, to support you during grief or loss, or to just to sit with you and be a comforting presence. We also can reach out to your community church or faith group and connect with hospital or community resources you may need.

At Ballad Health, we believe that spiritual care is an important part of the healing process. We know that being in the hospital can be a time of stress, anxiety and loneliness, whether you’re the patient or the patient is someone you love, and whether you’re in crisis or simply scared or lonely. We are here to offer you hope and to help in any way possible.

How to Contact a Chaplain

If you’d like to contact a chaplain, ask your nurse or call the hospital switchboard. Chaplains are available at Ballad Health facilities 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

We also have representatives from most major world religions available to meet the faith needs of our patients of various faiths and cultures. A list of representatives from a variety of religious backgrounds is accessible at all facilities to provide appropriate spiritual support to all of our patients and families.

What Is a Hospital Chaplain?

Hospital or medical chaplains are spiritual and pastoral caregivers are specially trained to be attuned and sensitive to the needs of those in a hospital or clinical setting. Their goal is to provide compassionate support and inspire spiritual well-being to people from all walks of life and any faith during times of ease and challenge.

Hospital chaplains offer services that are as varied as connecting a patient with community resources or helping someone renew a relationship with a loved one. They seek to provide these services while being mindful of individual differences and faiths, always seeking to encourage a harmonious healing environment for those being served.

Volunteer Chaplain Associates

Volunteer chaplains assist our staff of full-time chaplains to make sure we are able to meet spiritual needs throughout Ballad Health. These trained volunteers represent various faiths in our area, and also can assist in you in reaching representatives from other faith groups, if needed.

Who Can Be a Volunteer Chaplain Associate?

When selecting our volunteer chaplains, we look for people who will adhere to our Code of Ethics and will attempt to relate to each patient’s particular religious understanding and not proselytize. Our volunteer chaplains include clergy as well as seminary-trained and lay people in the community.

How to Apply

Complete the Volunteer Chaplain Program Application and the Volunteer Chaplain Self Evaluation and follow the instructions for submission. You will receive an e-mail with further instructions. If you do not provide an e-mail address, you will be contacted by phone in 1 to 2 weeks.

For more information about the volunteer chaplain associate program, call us at 423-302-1572.