Pastoral Care

In a time of illness, crisis or grief, individuals often turn to their faith for aid and strength. At Woodlawn, we recognize the importance of an individual's emotional and spiritual well-being, and how these effect a person's overall healing.

The Pastoral Care department is provided by Woodlawn Hospital and supported in cooperation with area clergy. Chaplains serve as members of the healthcare team, working closely with nurses, physicians, social workers and others who care for patients and their families. Care is available to people of all faiths and to those with no religious affiliation.

The Hospital Chaplain offers compassionate support to patients by providing prayer and pastoral conversation, spiritual and ethical consultation, religious requests, and grief ministry. Information is also made available, upon patient request, to local clergy who desire to know if any of their parishioners are hospitalized. The Pastoral Care department will notify the patient's church of their admission when requested to do so by the patient.

A Chaplain is in the hospital Monday through Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and available on-call for emergencies 24 hours a day. Local clergy, representing various area churches and faiths, volunteer as Chaplains during weeknights and weekends. For more information about our pastoral care services or to volunteer as a hospital Chaplain, please contact the Director of Pastoral Care at (574) 224-2242 or send an email.

The Pastoral Care department also offers a chapel located on the second floor of the hospital, between the elevator and New Generations Family Birthing Center. The chapel serves as a place of worship and celebration, as well as a sanctuary for individual prayer and reflection for all faiths. The chapel is open 24 hours a day, every day, to all patients, staff and visitors.

A prayer meeting is held every Wednesday at 11:30am in the Chapel. Prayer meetings are open to the public. Prayer requests may be given to your nurse, relayed to the Chaplain, or placed in waiting room prayer boxes. Communion is available upon request.

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