Spiritual Care & Support at Allen Hospital in Waterloo, Iowa
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Spiritual Care

Care of the spirit is an important part of healing. The Spiritual Care team of Allen Hospital is available to support the emotional and spiritual needs of patients, loved ones and staff. We offer chaplain presence and support to people of all religions as well as those with no faith tradition.

The Oetting Chapel is always open for visitors of all faiths for prayer and meditation. It is located on 3rd floor — take B-elevator to 3rd floor and walk straight ahead to the very end of the hallway.

If you would like a chaplain visit, tell your nurse, or call extension 3694. Spiritual Care is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Attention to the human spirit, including mind, heart and soul often hastens and contributes to the healing of the whole person. Allen staff chaplains have specialized training from nationally accredited programs; each chaplain has a wide variety of competencies and experiences. Chaplains are members of the interdisciplinary team of healing professionals within the hospital and in the larger community. We will supplement and support your own clergy at your request. Serious illness often causes fear, loneliness and spiritual crisis. We offer support, guidance and spiritual care for issues such as:

  • Addictions
  • Cancer care
  • Cardiac care
  • Crisis intervention and support
  • Emotional distress
  • End-of-life and ethical decision making
  • Family relationships and conflict resolution
  • Grief and loss
  • Mental health
  • Resources for relaxation, meditation and devotion 
  • Spiritual counsel and support and provision of ritual or sacramental needs