|Pastoral Care & Spiritual Care Department|
The pastoral/spiritual care staff at Good Samaritan, comprised of certified non-ordained as well as ordained chaplains, wish to meet both spiritual and emotional expressed needs of patients and their families. It is the desire of the pastoral/spiritual care team to enhance the healing process by providing encouragement and support through prayerful presences and attentive listening. In addition, sacramental ministry is available to patients of the Roman Catholic tradition, as well as prayer and devotional materials for persons of other religious traditions.
Mass is televised on channel 3 at noon, Monday through Friday, at 5:00 pm on Saturday and 6:15 am and 7:30 am on Sunday. A Shabbat service is televised Friday evenings at 7:00 pm for our Jewish patients.
There is a chaplain available to offer pastoral/spiritual care on each unit of the Medical Center. If for any reason, you have not had an opportunity to speak with a chaplain, please let your nurse know and they will contact the Pastoral/Spiritual Care Department.
The Pastoral/Spiritual Care Department can be reached at (631) 376-4103.
As a patient, our Pastoral/Spiritual Care staff offers you and your family:
When providing these services, our staff performs a number of activities, including:
Spiritual values and experiences are not the sole possession of a few or even of the traditionally religious. Our staff respects your unique spiritual practices and beliefs. We invite you to call upon our staff whether you have a religious tradition or not. Human support and compassion know no religious boundaries.
You are invited to visit our Interfaith Chapel which is located on the first floor of the hospital just beyond the Baxter Pavilion lobby. All are welcome in this peaceful and calming sacred space where people of all faiths can find inspiration as they pray, meditate and reflect, or just enjoy a moment of comforting silence.
Better at Caring for the Spirit as well as the Body
Illness and injury can pose the most difficult challenges to the human spirit, causing emotional and spiritual stress for both patients and their loved ones. Experience has proven that one's spiritual beliefs can profoundly affect their ability to cope with illness, can provide immeasurable comfort and hope during hospitalization and may even enhance the healing process.
Good Samaritan's Pastoral Care Program is one of the most comprehensive hospital-based programs in the area. Pastoral and spiritual care are offered to all patients in a manner that is respectful of their individual religious traditions and also inclusive of those who hold no formal religious affiliation.
The pastoral care team aspires to bring to life the gospel values of health and healing for every person, especially those most in need. Specifically, as part of the healing team, chaplains assess each person's spiritual needs and provide pastoral care on an ongoing basis during a patient's hospital stay. Both ordained and lay chaplains visit patients, offering prayerful presence, spiritual support and pastoral and bereavement counseling. Contact with patient's own clergy can be arraigned by request.
Chaplains cover all patient care units throughout the hospital, as well as the off-site dialysis centers and Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Health Center.
"Bridge to Hope" Bereavement Services
Good Samaritan recognizes that the loss of a loved one is one of the most difficult and challenging life events that can be experienced. Though each person responds to grief differently, the need for support and understanding is universal. "Bridge to Hope" bereavement services offers the care, support and education needed to help those who are facing this challenging time. By sharing their thoughts and emotions in a safe environment, "Bridge to Hope" facilitators will listen, support and nurture group members as they journey toward healing.
Mass Schedule for St. Vincent DePaul Chapel
Monday – Friday
Adoration/Exposition 12:30 PM – 4:00 PM
Benediction 4:00 PM
5:00 PM (Sunday Vigil Mass)
5:00 PM Vigil Mass evening before Holy Day