Pastoral & Spiritual Care

A surgery or a hospital stay can be a frightening, anxious, or lonely time for patients and their families. At PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, chaplains are available around the clock to provide confidential emotional and spiritual support, individual or family counseling, and assistance in contacting clergy of all faiths.

The professional chaplains in our Spiritual Care program have all completed comprehensive training and are constantly furthering their knowledge to meet the special demands they face in a hospital setting. They are available to be present with you and/or your loved ones and never impose religious preferences or personal philosophies on patients or families. Spiritual Care services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. During business hours you may call: 360-734-5400 and request Spiritual Care.

For Spiritual Care services after 5 p.m. weekdays or on weekends, please call the hospital operator at 360-734-5400 and request the on-call chaplain.

The Spiritual Care Department also offers Clinical Pastoral Education. If you are interested in the program, please visit the site for more information.

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center's Health Ministries Network​​ (HMN), formerly known as the Parish Nurse Program, has been operating here since 1997 and was started and supported by the Spiritual Care Department. In 2013 HMN came under the auspices of Patient Care Services and Nursing Administration, but appreciates its history as an outgrowth of Spiritual Care and continues a partnership with this department as one of the chaplains currently serves as the outreach coordinator and education assistant. We invite you to the website for further information.

There is a new support group, Living Dying: A conversationdeveloped to meet the unique needs of patients who have a life-limiting illness. The group's mission is to provide emotional and spiritual support for individuals coping with approaching mortality.​ The inaugural meeting is in Bellingham on October 13, 2015. For more information, click here.
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