At Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
, we are committed to supporting the holistic well-being of every person. This includes their spiritual and emotional needs as well as their physical and social needs. As a crucial part of that commitment, our chaplains offer spiritual ministry to patients, families, volunteers and staff, regardless of personal spiritual or religious beliefs.
Chaplains at Good Sam are trained spiritual care providers with experience in general health care and mental health ministry. Chaplains seek to affirm and draw upon each person's spiritual resources to help them cope more effectively with and make meaning of their experiences. Chaplains collaborate with patients' religious leaders, addressing the unique spiritual needs and the diversity of each person's faith.
Chaplains at Good Sam provide a number of confidential spiritual services to patients, family, volunteers and employees. These include:
- Offering support and spiritual counsel
- Supporting the process of grief and loss
- Assisting with Advance Directives
- Providing religious rites and rituals
- Praying for and with patients and family members
- Collaborating with local faith-based religious leaders
- Offering consultation, including assistance with personal, ethical, or end-of-life decision-making
The hospital chapel provides a quiet environment for prayer, meditation and spiritual conversation. The chapel is located next to the hospital entrance and is open 24 hours a day. Requests for prayers may be submitted anonymously in the chapel's prayer box.
The No One Dies Alone program is staffed by trained volunteers who provide a comforting presence for patients who have no family or friends to be with them in the hospital during the last few days of their life. The volunteers come from a variety of faith-based and secular backgrounds. Patients in need of end-of-life companionship are referred to the program by hospital staff.
If you are interested in becoming a compassionate companion for the No One Dies Alone program, please contact Chaplain Services at (541) 768-5084.
No One Dies Alone was founded at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Springfield. For more information, see the program's website: No One Dies Alone
Chaplains provide support for patients and their families in completing Advance Directives. An Advance Directive is an end-of-life document that appoints a health care representative to speak for a patient when the patient cannot speak for his- or herself.
The Key Conversations Planning Guide, an easy to use guide to filling out Advance Directives, is available upon request. To receive this guide, or for more information regarding Advance Directives, please speak with your health care provider or contact Chaplain Services at (541) 768-5084.
Local knitters and crocheters prayerfully create beautiful shawls which are given to patients as sources of warmth and spiritual comfort. Prayer shawls may be requested through a patient's nurse, or by contacting Chaplain Services at (541) 768-5084.
If you are interested in participating in this program, please contact Vice President of Patient Care Services Kathy Hale, RN at (541) 768-5120 or Chaplain Services at (541) 768-5084. More information on prayer shawls may be found on the National Prayer Shawl Ministry website
The Clinical Pastoral Education program was established at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center in 2006 to serve the educational needs of clergy, seminarians and qualified lay persons for ministry. The CPE program at Good Sam allows students to develop the capacity to be reflective religious practitioners within the clinical context.
CPE courses are offered throughout the year. For a complete description of the CPE program and a list of upcoming units, please see the Clinical Pastoral Education website