St. Luke's Spiritual Care
Everyone has a story.
Everyone has a story. You might say that your life is a story. Relationships with family members and friends, your career path, hobbies, belief system – all combine to tell the world who you are and what you are all about. Whether you follow an organized religion or have your own personal faith, we all have a core belief system that guides our actions and how we view the world. All of this comes together to define your spirituality.
Illness and injuries not only interrupt our lives, but they also become part of our story. Chaplains want to help you stay grounded in the story that is truly you. For some, this means turning to God to find hope and meaning. For others, it means help adapting to a "new normal" as the illness impacts day-to-day living. Our chaplains will walk beside you and support you as you navigate your own personal journey towards wholeness.
St. Luke's Spiritual Care Team
The Spiritual Care Department is comprised of specially trained Board-Certified Chaplains, Associate Chaplains and Volunteer Spiritual Care Companions who can accompany you on your journey, regardless of your faith background, and help you stay connected to your spirituality. Our chaplains offer a variety of services to help you during your stay, including:
- A listening, nonjudgmental presence
- Support in times of crisis or stress
- Exploring meaning, purpose and hope
- End-of-life support
- Education and assistance in completing Advance Directives
- Grief support for those experiencing a loss
- Prayer and religious rituals
- Sacred texts and devotional materials
- Support for staff
- Advocating for patients and families as difficult decisions are made
Requesting a visit
During business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., you can contact a chaplain directly from a hospital phone by dialing 7347, or from outside the hospital at (319) 369-7347. After hours and on weekends you can dial 0 and ask for the chaplain on call. You may also let your nurse know that you would like to speak with a chaplain, and they will be happy to contact one for you.
The Sanctuary is located in the Vyrl and Martha Justice Chapel, in the A Avenue lobby. It is open 24 hours a day and is a place of peace, meditation and spiritual healing. Sacred texts from a variety of faith traditions are available, as well as other resources that you may find beneficial. We welcome you to use this space as a place to relax, get centered, and find peace as you nurture your spirit.