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Volunteer Chaplains are seasoned clergy and members of the hospital healing team. They are trained listeners, ready to provide confidential assistance to people of all faiths and backgrounds without judgment or pressure. Our Chaplains are available to help patients, families, and staff work through difficult personal, spiritual, and religious issues. They have a special role during terminal illness.
Our Chaplains can be available for prayer, consultation, or other spiritual needs. Here are examples of how they can help:
- Referrals to local Agencies, Counselors, or Support Groups
- Support to local Clergy ministering to patients at Augusta Health
- Access to churches, denominations, and other spiritual resources
- Consultation about patient care, values, and beliefs
- Mobilize spiritual and religious resources to contribute to healing
Patients and Families
- Bedside visitation and support whether you are anxious, lonely, at loose ends, wrestling deep inside, or rejoicing
- Emergency room presence if you are hurting, frightened, waiting for someone, or just need to talk
- Provide prayer, religious ceremonies, and sacraments, or we can locate someone from your faith background
- Follow up support while you or your family member is at Augusta Health
Augusta Health Staff and Employees
- Friendship and encouragement
- Spiritual presence and support
Patient's, families, and visitors may visit our Chapel at any time. It is located on the 2nd floor of Augusta Health near the Outpatient waiting area.
Request a Volunteer Chaplain Visit
Chaplains are available 24/7 to respond to emergency needs. Please ask a member of the nursing staff to request an emergency chaplain visit. To arrange for a non-emergency visit from a chaplain, please ask a member of the nursing staff to assist you or call the Chaplains office at (540) 932-4744 or 332-4744 and leave a message. Chaplains usually make rounds during the weekday and will respond at the first available opportunity.
Please contact the Augusta Health Volunteer Services Office for information about joining our chaplaincy program.
Augusta Health Volunteer Chaplains participate in staff education and other clinical training on a year round basis. We also host Clergy Consultation groups that meet American Association of Pastoral Counselor's standards for "Pastoral Care Specialist." For more information contact the Augusta Health Volunteer office at (540) 932-4740 or (540) 332-4740.