For Patients

Spiritual Care

St. Mary Medical Center chaplains reflect core values of our hospital: compassion, dignity, justice, excellence and integrity. They also reflect the core hopes of our spiritual care department—to foster respect, depth, understanding and inner wholeness—as we face the meanings of our living, our illnesses, our dying and death itself.

We foster relationships of trust where questions of hope and doubt, fears and faith can be explored.

Chaplains are available to visit each of our patients and their families. Our chaplains make visits to patients prior to surgeries and are available for other services to both patients and their families.

Spiritual care is never imposed—rather, it is relational and authentic. We enter into personal journeys of hope and despair, belief and doubt, presence and mystery. Our skilled chaplains are trained in counseling, theology, clinical pastoral education and concerns unique to patient and family care.

Catholic mass is provided in the chapel Monday through Friday and other religious services, as requested. Chaplains are available Monday through Friday, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m., and are on call 24 hours, seven days a week. Bereavement memorial services are conducted three times a year for parents and families who have lost children due to miscarriages or stillbirths.

For more information or to speak with a chaplain, please call (760) 242-2311 extension 5399.

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