Providing compassionate support through difficult times.
Hospitalization can be a very trying time for you, as a patient, and your
family. In unfamiliar surroundings, you may find yourself separated from
daily routine, from familiar people and sometimes from your religious
Recognizing the value of spiritual support, Southwest General's Spiritual
Care Services Department has established programs to minister to the spiritual
and emotional needs of you, our patient, your family and friends.
If information about your faith affiliation was given at the time of admission,
our volunteers will notify your congregation. Clergy is welcome to visit
any time. If you do not have a local faith affiliation but would like
a visit by a local clergy, we would be pleased to make the arrangements.
Please call the hospital chaplain through the operator by dialing 0.
Spiritual Care Program
The hospital chaplain is available to help patient and families of all
- cope with medical diagnoses
- provide emotional and bereavement support
- respond to a crisis
- offer spiritual counseling
- celebrate in times of good news
The hospital chaplain can be reached through the operator by dialing 0.
Stephen Ministry is an extension of Spiritual Care Services to serve the
needs of patients in their homes following hospitalization. Trained Stephen
Ministers provide a long-term, caring presence and spiritual support to
persons who are recovering from a variety of health situations. Stephen
Ministers provide spiritual guidance as well to patients and families
throughout the hospital.
A chapel for private prayer and meditation is located on the first floor
of the hospital, across from the Information Desk. It is open at all hours
to patients, visitors and hospital staff.
Holy Communion for Catholic patients is administered by the Catholic chaplain
and by Eucharistic ministers from St. Mary's in Berea, on Sundays,
from 7-8 a.m., and on Wednesdays, after 8 p.m. The hospital chaplain also
is available to administer Holy Communion to those who desire it.
A variety of religious materials are available for your use, including the
Please do not hesitate to ask for a visit from the chaplain or a Stephen
Minister--we always are available 24 hours a day to assist patients and
families. We are here to provide help, support, counseling and prayer
as you journey toward health and wellness.
For more information on Southwest General’s
Spiritual Care Services/Stephen Ministry, please call