As a hospital of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Peace, our mission affirms our commitment to providing health care that encompasses the needs of the whole person—mind, body and spirit. The Spiritual Care Department cares for the spiritual needs of patients, families, staff and the institution as a whole. Services are provided on both the RiverBend and University District campuses and include pastoral counseling, patient and family support, advocacy, crisis intervention, and prayer services.
The Spiritual Care Department also offers Palliative Care and End of Life Care services.
Our chaplains, with clinical and theological training and experience, compassionately minister to your spiritual, emotional, and religious needs with respect. Our chaplains serve within the hospital, hospice, home health, and various areas of PeaceHealth Medical Group.
Click here to learn about how Chaplains prepare to serve via our Clinical Pastoral Education program.
Chaplain assistance includes:
- Being present and listening to you
- Reflecting on the meaning of your illness and your understanding
- Offering prayer, sacraments, ritual or scripture
- Calling your pastor or congregation
- Helping you find hope again
- Supporting your family and friends spiritually or emotionally
- Assisting with your Advance Directive
- Facilitating conversations with your physicians and other members of your care team
- Facilitating ethical decision-making
How to contact a chaplain:
- Telephone the Spiritual Care office at (541) 222-2245.
- Telephone the hospital operator at (541) 222-7300.
- Ask your nurse, or any member of your care team, to contact a chaplain.
Other Spiritual Care Programs
- Advance Directive Assistance – Chaplains can support you and your family through the process of filling out Advance Directives or making difficult health care decisions. Partners to Improve End of Life Care is a coalition that can assist with Advance Directive paperwork and offer additional guidance to improve end of life care.
- Bereavement Support and Memorial Services
- Care Channel – Hospital patients may tune to Channel 2 on their TV for music to aid rest, healing and relaxation
- Caregiver Support Group – Meet and get support from others who care for loved ones struggling with chronic illness.
- A Peaceful Place of Rest – A memorial service for pregnancy loss is held at Mount Calvary Cemetery on Crescent Drive twice each year. Services are at noon on the first Saturday of May and of November to offer hope and peace to those grieving the loss of a pregnancy. All are welcome to attend.
- Prayer Care – Would you like to be held in prayer each day during your hospital stay?
- Sacramental Care – Eucharistic ministers offer daily communion to patients, and anointing of the sick is available by request by contacting the Spiritual Care office or the on-call chaplain.
You are invited to visit the chapel for a time of prayer, meditation or quiet reflection. It is open as a place of welcome where all may experience the sacred. The chapel is located on the second floor of the main lobby of Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend, across from the staircase. The chapel in the University District’s campus is on the first floor across from the Johnson Unit.