At St. Mary’s Hospital, we are concerned with the physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of every patient. Chaplains visit patients and their families on a regular basis to offer prayer, counseling and supportive presence. We are available to inpatients, outpatients and hospital staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The pastoral care staff works with area clergy to offer comfort and support to patients and their families. The department is assisted daily by Eucharistic ministers. Liturgy is celebrated weekly in the chapel. The chapel and any services held there may be viewed on channel 53 from any patient room or lounge on each floor. Spiritual music is also available on channel 53, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The sacraments of the sick and reconciliation are available upon request.
The pastoral care department is an integral part of the mission of St. Mary’s Hospital and therefore an extension of the healing mission of Christ. Our mission is to tend specifically to the spiritual, emotional and relational need of the patients and their families. Through pastoral care ministry, chaplains work to build a community of faith among the colleagues that gives purpose to their mission within St. Mary’s. We abide by the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Services, have standards, policies and procedures that address and assure our hospital’s core values of Respect, Care, Competence and Joy are being carried out.
St. Mary’s grief support group is a supportive and caring circle of friends who share their experience of loss and grief. The group meets twice a month and is for any colleague or community member who has lost a loved one. Please call the hospital at 815.673.2311 for more information.
Advance Directives are the best way for patients to relate their wishes regarding future medical care. Federal regulations, Joint Commission standards and Patient Rights require that patients receive information and an opportunity to create an Advance Directive if they so desire.
Advanced Directive forms are available in the pastoral care office. These give practical information about determining patient’s future medical care including living wills, power of attorney for health care, do not resuscitate (DNR) forms mental health treatment preference declarations and organ donation. The pastoral care staff provides assistance in understanding and completing these documents. Once completed or presented to St. Mary’s Hospital, a copy of these documents is kept with the patient’s medical record and is placed on the chart during each admission.
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