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PinnacleHealth's Spiritual Care Services are designed to meet the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of all patients seeking our healthcare services. We strive to provide a holistic view in the care and treatment of our patients and our community.

Led by Rev. Donrico E. Colden, spiritual care coordinator, the spiritual care team is a group of caring and compassionate individuals who help patients and families draw upon the strength and wisdom of their faiths to: 
  • Understand and cope with illness
  • Cope with grief and loss
  • Make ethical and moral considerations
  • Make end of life decisions
In addition to Rev. Colden, the team includes: 
  • A Catholic priest
  • On-call ministers
  • Volunteer chaplain assistants
  • The clerical staff of Volunteer and Social Work Services

Patient Support

The Spiritual Care Team counsels patients, families and friends, offer prayers and the administration of sacraments, provide crisis support and assist with ethical and moral decisions. They work with a patient's healthcare team and can serve as a patient advocate. Clergy make regular visits to patients when requested at all four PinnacleHealth hospitals. A member of the Spiritual Care Team is on-call 24 hours a day to respond to patient needs. Patients should inform a member of the patient's health care team if they desire a visit. Patient confidentiality and cultural needs are respected at all times. 

Staff Support

The Spiritual Care Team provides spiritual and emotional support to staff and can act as a liaison between clinical staff, patients, families and friends. Educational in-service programs regarding the link between spirituality and healing are also available. 

Community Support

The Spiritual Care Team will identify individuals where hospitalized to their community clergy when requested by patients. The team works with other PinnacleHealth department to provide education and wellness programs to congregations. They function with community parish health nurse programs. 

Chaplain Program

The chaplain is on-call 24 hours a day and can be reached by calling (717) 782-5450. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, please call the hospital operator at (717) 782-3131. To contact the Catholic priest, call (717) 782-5999, ext. 8010.
The Chaplain will be contacted when: 
  • A request is made by a patient or family
  • A request is made by the clergy
  • The patient is experiencing grief, anxiety, depression, loneliness or personal issues
  • There are ethical or moral dilemmas
  • There are crisis situations
Rev. Colden has offices at Harrisburg Campus (Hospital - Main 1), Polyclinic Campus (Hospital - 1 Memorial) and the Community Campus. He can be reached by calling (717) 782-5450 or through e:mail:

Chapel Information

Patients and families are welcome to use our chapels and meditation room at any time, day or night. Chapels are available for worship and meditation at Harrisburg and Polyclinic Campuses. A small meditation room is available at the Community Campus.

Wings to Fly Celebration

Since 2004, this bi-annual special event, hosted by the PinnacleHealth Spiritual Care Services Department and PinnacleHealth HomeCare and Hospice, is a remembrance ceremony for families and friends honoring the lives of deceased patients at PinnacleHealth facilities and those served by PinnacleHealth Hospice. Click here for more information.