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Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

Spiritual Care

PinnacleHealth's Spiritual Care Services are designed to meet the spiritual, emotional and religious needs of all our patients and their families.

Our 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 decisions
  • Make end of life decisions

Our Spiritual Care Team

The spiritual care team includes:

  • Full/Part time Staff Chaplains
  • Administrative Staff
  • Catholic Priests and Eucharistic Ministers
  • On-call ministers
  • Chaplain Assistant volunteers
  • Volunteer clerical staff
  • Liaisons for other faith traditions (Jewish, Jehovah Witness, Muslim, Buddhist)

Patient Support

The spiritual care team offers patients and families caring and compassionate support including:

  • Counseling of patients, families and friends
  • Offering prayers and the administration of sacraments
  • Providing crisis support
  • Assisting with ethical and moral decisions
  • Serving as a patient advocate

Our 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 healthcare 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.

Chaplain Program

A Chaplain is on call 24/7 for emergencies. Call the hospital operator at (717) 782-3131 and ask for the chaplain on-call for the particular faith tradition and campus. For non-emergent needs call the Chaplain listed below for the campus or call (717) 782-5700 and listen for the directory.  Other concerns can be directed to Rev. Dr. Brenda Alton.

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

The Spiritual Care Services Staff have offices at:

  • Harrisburg Campus (Hospital - Main 1)
  • Polyclinic Campus (Hospital - 1 Memorial)
  • Community Campus
  • West Shore Campus

Staff Chaplains can be reached at the following locations:

Harrisburg Campus:

Community General Campus:

West Shore Campus:

PolyClinic Campus:

Cancer Center:

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, Community, West Shore, and Polyclinic Campuses.

Spiritual Care Volunteering Opportunities

If you are interesting in volunteering for the spiritual care services click here for more information. 

Wings to Fly Celebration

Since 2004, PinnacleHealth Spiritual Care Services has hosted this annual interfaith special event. It is a remembrance ceremony for families and friends, celebrating the lives of deceased employees, physicians and volunteers who have served in the PinnacleHealth System; in addition to patients who passed away while at a PinnacleHealth facility, during the previous 12 month period.

The event takes place at the Market Square Church and features readings by local clergy members of various faiths, special music featuring a guest soloist and harpist, the reading of names and lighting of candles. All friends and family are invited to attend. The event typically lasts one hour and there is no charge to attend.

The “Wings to Fly” celebration will be held the first Friday in November, from 12:00-1:00 p.m., at the Market Square Presbyterian Church. 

For more information please call PinnacleHealth Spiritual Care Services at (717) 782-5220.

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