The Spiritual Side of Healing
Department of Pastoral Care Staff and Volunteers Available 24/7,
Either On-Duty or On-Call
Ordained on-staff ecumenical Chaplains, volunteer Chaplains, and Patient Companions are available to serve patients, families and staff, providing counseling and spiritual and emotional support. Referrals for community resources are made upon request. Specifically, the Chaplain provides counseling, bioethical consultations, bereavement support, religious services, advance directives and assistance with end-of-life care decision-making.
The Chaplaincy Team is the spiritual arm of Virginia Hospital Center’s patient health support. We believe that spirituality, in the broadest sense, is an integral part of a holistic approach to health care, where the physical, psycho-social and spiritual needs of the patient are addressed.
Each member of the Chaplaincy Team has had intensive training to serve Hospital patients in need. We work closely with the Hospital staff to identify those in critical need and attempt to be available at all times.
Spiritual Care and Support Services include
- Sustain the Healing Process
- Build on Individual Faith
- Offer a Prayer
- Serve All Faiths
- Patient Companions for the Critically-Ill
- Administer or Arrange for Sacraments
Programs Supporting Pastoral Care Outreach
Spiritual and emotional care for patients/families
- Patient visitation – all Departments
- Companionship for critically-ill patients
- Chapel services – Protestant, Muslim, Jewish, Catholic, Other
- Chapel services broadcast to patient rooms
- Education of the Hospital staff, Chaplain Team, as well as outreach to local cleregy
Chaplain Team Visitation
Spiritual and emotional care for patients and families is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by the Chaplain Team, either on-duty or on-call. Patients are personally visited in every department by chaplains. Support is non-denominational, caring for everyone.
Special emphasis is provided for priority needs, including ICU and palliative care patients. Chaplains are part of the interdisciplinary Palliative Care Team devoted to relieving suffering and improving quality of life for patients.
Patient Companion Program
The Chaplain Team provides Patient Companionship for critically-ill patients. These Patient Companions give compassionate care and comfort for those who are critically ill and/or facing end of life issues, and personal support to their families.
From simply holding a patient’s hand, reading to them, or sitting quietly beside their bed, these volunteers are an integral part of the Chaplain Team’s comprehensive patient ministry.
The Patient Companion Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We always welcome new Volunteer Chaplains and Patient Companions into our program. The giving of your time and talents is richly rewarding. Please contact the Pastoral Care staff for additional information regarding our program.