Lake Region Healthcare's Chaplaincy Services attends to the spiritual care needs of patients and families. At times the chaplains help contact and facilitate care provided by local clergy and their congregations, and at other times chaplains respond to the spiritual needs and preferences of the patients and their families directly. At all times, chaplains strive to be a listening presence, at times of crisis, difficulty, relief and joy
Spiritual care can include identifying meaning and values related to illness, wellness and end of life; rites, rituals, prayer and scripture reading; and respectful awareness and sensitivity to cultural and religious diversity. Chapel space is available in the hospital (ground floor across from the gift shop entrance) and at the Cancer Care & Research Center.
Chaplain-led groups are offered for patients on the Bridgeway behavioral health unit. Bible studies and worship services are conducted at the Mill Street Residence. Individual visits are available throughout the system.
Our staff includes two professional, board-certified chaplains. There are also several volunteers trained in Stephen Ministry who assist in assessment visits, as well as several community clergy who volunteer on weekends and holidays.
In addition to the chaplaincy services described above, our department uses animal-assisted therapy with a Pet Partners-certified canine companion.
Patients, family members and staff can request chaplaincy services directly or through a member of the healthcare team.