The Pastoral Care Department provides spiritual care for patients, families and staff. Spiritual resources are provided to all in the hospital and community for Christian and non-Christian traditions.
Through their ministry, chaplains offer compassion, hope and a healing presence to people in crisis. Available 24 hours a day, chaplains have had specific training in crisis pastoral ministry and represent a variety of cultural backgrounds. Chaplains visit all newly admitted patients, those having surgery, critical situations and others by referral or request.
Our offices are located on the third floor of the Main Building – across from the gift shop. The chapel is always open for private worship and meditation. Seasonal services are conducted throughout the year.
Weekly Meditation Sessions
You are welcome to attend our meditation sessions every Thursday at noon in our chapel. Led by a hospital chaplain, these opportunities for quiet, mindful reflection are open to all, regardless of background or beliefs. Meditation self-guides are also available in the chapel at any time.
Blessing of the Hands
Our chaplains perform annual blessings of the hands for our caregivers. Offered during Nurses' and Hospital Weeks, these opportunities will become more frequent to allow all caregivers to receive a special benediction for the work they do with you.
Service of Prayer and Healing
We have a weekly 15-minute Service of Prayer and Healing every Wednesday at 12 p.m. in the Chapel, open for everyone who wishes prayer. Prayer requests may be made by calling 773-878-8200, ext. P-R-A-Y.
Garden of Compassion
What can be more relaxing and serene than a beautiful garden available to you at all times for spending a moment of personal or family time? Take a look at our Garden of Compassion, located in front of the Anderson Pavilion.
For more information on spiritual resources available at Swedish Hospital, contact the Pastoral Care Department at 773-878.8200, ext. 5365 or the on-call pager at 773-781-0724.