At Huntington Memorial Hospital, we recognize that being hospitalized is not merely a physical experience. Our Spiritual Care department has professionally trained chaplains who are able to support patients and their families, of any faith or no faith. We believe everyone is spiritual, though not necessarily religious. Illness, injury and loss often causes one to reflect on the meaning and significance of their life, goals and beliefs.
Our Spiritual Care staff is available daily to listen and help patients and families sort through their spiritual and emotional distress and questions. This may include a spiritual perspective, prayer or blessing, if the patient or family so desires, as well as faith-specific resources.
Arrangements may also be made to contact your spiritual leader, or to provide a spiritual leader from your belief system. Catholic Eucharistic Ministers visit weekly from St Andrews Parish to provide communion.
Spiritual Care can help with:
- Emotional and spiritual support in times of pain, suffering, loss or stress
- Decision-making at the end-of-life
- Religious texts (Bibles, Koran) and spiritual literature
- Spiritual resources (Chant boxes, devotional booklets, prayer rugs, rosaries and prayer cards)
- Conducting rituals, prayers and blessings
- Facilitating visits from one’s own clergy or faith tradition
- Providing communion and other sacraments
Spiritual Care staff is part of the hospital’s Palliative Care
Consult Service. As a member of the team, the chaplain provides spiritual guidance and support to help patients cope with and plan around a serious, progressive illness. This includes the challenges in medical decision-making, which is often influenced by spiritual values and beliefs.
Our interfaith chapel and meditation room is located on the first floor of the Wingate Building. It is always open and serves as a quiet, peaceful place for prayer and meditation. You may access it via the bridge on the second floor of the East Tower, or through the La Viña building entrance. The volunteers at the information desk in the main lobby can provide directions.
If you’d like a visit from Spiritual Care:
For questions or to receive a visit when you are in the hospital, please ask your nurse or physician to request spiritual care for you, or call (626) 397-5051.
Huntington Hospital also has a No One Dies Alone program, providing comfort to patients in their final hours. The program can be reached through a chaplain, or by calling (626) 397-3757.