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  • Chaplain Requests and Referrals

  • Patients and families of all faith traditions and no faith tradition can request a visit with a chaplain. Any member of the health care team can assist with making a referral.

    People call on chaplains for a number of reasons.
    Some of the most common are:

    • Apprehension about surgery
    • Overwhelming illness (diagnosis or prognosis)
    • Loneliness and isolation
    • Discouragement and despair
    • Helplessness and hopelessness
    • Loss of meaning and purpose
    • Fear and anxiety
    • Conflict with others
    • Facing change and loss
    • Struggling with the meaning of life
    • Feeling cut off from God
    • Grappling with questions about life and death
    • Needing the comfort of prayer or spiritual support
    • Needing support when deciding changes in code status
    • Working through the loss of a loved one
    • Facing ethical dilemmas

    Other situations when a chaplain may be called include:

    • During a Code Blue or other crisis situation
    • When a patient is near death, or has died
    • When a patient wishes to receive the Eucharist/Communion or the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession
    • If a patient or family member asks for the Sacrament of Healing/Anointing
      of the Sick
    • If a patient or family wants their local clergy person contacted
    • When other types of spiritual care are needed
    • For staff support

    Chaplains can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 401-444-4746 or by calling the call center at 401-444-5108. During weekday nights and weekends, an on-call multi-faith chaplain can be reached for emergencies by calling the Call Center at 401-444-5108.