Whether in time of crisis or the everyday "hello" in the hallway, at
St. Luke's, we're here to meet the call of the human heart for community
One way we meet that call is to facilitate communication between
patients and their communities of faith. Following your admission, a
volunteer greeter will confirm with you your preferences regarding
notification of a community of faith.
We recognize that there are those without a community of faith who
would still like spiritual support. Our job is to understand how a
spiritual community can help meet your needs and provide support.
We also serve patients and their families through:
Visits by hospital chaplains and volunteers
Weekly, non-denominational worship services
Guidance with end-of-life decisions
Spiritual development and education
Counseling for a variety of concerns: loss/life transitions, death and dying, depression, anger, faith challenges and more
Spiritual Care volunteers are a vital part of the services we
provide. Whether they are working with patients and families or helping
in the office, we could not do the work we do without them. And our
On-Call Volunteer Chaplain program, in which specially trained
volunteers spend the night at the hospital, ensures there is always a
spiritual care presence.
On-Call Volunteer chaplains receive ongoing training on topics such
as patient confidentiality, autonomy of patients, listening skills,
death and dying, as well as exploring the volunteer's own belief systems
and feelings concerning end-of-life issues. All On-Call Volunteer
chaplains have immediate access to a staff chaplain during their shifts
for consultation and general backup.
If you're interested in volunteering or have any other questions concerning Spiritual Care services, please call (319) 369-7347.