Caring for spiritual needs is as important in the CHI Memorial as caring for illness and injury. CHI Memorial's chaplains visit patients and family by request or referral. Requests are taken from either patients or family, and referrals are often made by patients' physicians, nurses or case managers.
The chaplains have degrees in theology and are educated and certified in clinical pastoral education. Their first priority is to provide comfort and spiritual and emotional support to patients during times of illness or a health crisis. They assist both patients and family members in coping with grief and loss.
Chaplains are involved in the community by facilitating support groups and offering education on spirituality and Advance Directives. CHI Memorial's chaplains are an essential part of the health care environment that encourages physical, mental and spiritual health. Available 24 hours a day to listen, talk and help in any way possible, our chaplains also network with area clergy to help facilitate visits with members of their congregations.