WellSpan Health acknowledges the importance of spiritual and religious values in treating the whole person. The Department of Spiritual Care and Education provides for the spiritual care of the patient, family and staff. The Spiritual Care and Education Department understands that health care involves physical procedures and supporting the patient and family to resolve spiritual and emotional issues in order to broaden the pathway to health.
Some reasons why you might want to contact a chaplain:
- A critical illness or sudden change in a patient’s condition.
- Any sudden loss. This could be the death of a spouse, relative or friend. Or it might be the loss of hope due to unsettling news.
- Request by the patient or the patient’s family for Bible, sacred literature, prayer, etc.
- When religious belief or concerns are significant.
- Upon receiving results from diagnostic reports indicating serious problems.
- Terminal illness and when death occurs.
- High anxiety or other emotional difficulty, when support may be helpful.
- During a social or family crisis.
- Loneliness or when the patient is cut off from their usual support system of family members and friends.
- When another perspective on a patient's problem is needed.
There are interfaith chapels or meditation rooms available at locations throughout WellSpan Health:
- WellSpan York Hospital's interfaith chapel, located on the first floor (Atrium)
- WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital's interfaith chapel, located on the second floor
- WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital's interfaith meditation room, located on the first floor
- WellSpan Ephrata Community chapel, located on the first floor
How We Can Help
Spiritual Care and Education cares for persons of all faiths with respect for individual beliefs. Our chaplains and staff listen and respond to people as they talk about their needs, beliefs, problems, anxieties, questions and hopes.
We also provide religious resources such as prayer, religious readings/articles, items (e.g. rosaries) and sacred texts (Bible, Koran, Book of Mormon, etc.). We can arrange for receipt of sacraments such as Holy Communion, Baptism and Anointing. Spiritual Care and Education can also contact the religious leader of your choice and provide opportunity for worship.
Our chaplains are professionally trained to work in the interdisciplinary setting of WellSpan Health, including clinical rounds and staff meetings. We are available to consult with medical and clinical staff regarding patient or family needs and about the ethical, moral, social and religious questions that can arise. Chaplains and staff can also provide education to medical, nursing and interdisciplinary staff about interfacing religion and medicine. Personal support for staff is always available.
Bereavement Services at WellSpan meet the needs of patients, families and staff in matters of grief and loss. Grief is the painful, deeply felt personal response to the loss of something valued or someone loved. It is the normal and healthy reaction to life's losses and changes. Healing comes when you learn to identify your loss, understand your reactions, accept that you are grieving, and work the loss into your life and move forward. While everyone grieves, the way we cope with it is a completely individual experience. Grief can affect you for a long time and can have a ripple effect touching many other lives.
Chaplains at WellSpan are available around the clock, every day of the week. There are several options for contacting a chaplain:
1. Call the hospital operator for immediate attention:
- WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital – (717) 733-0311
- WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital – (717) 334-2121
- WellSpan Good Samaritan – (717) 270-7500
- WellSpan Philhaven – (717) 273-8871
- WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital – (717) 812-6100
- WellSpan York Hospital – (717) 851-2345
- When in any of the hospitals, you can also dial "0" and ask the hospital operator to page the on-call chaplain.
2. Call the Spiritual Care and Education office during normal business hours (Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)
- Ephrata – (717) 738-6485
- Gettysburg – (717) 337-4300
- Good Samaritan – (717) 270-7998
- Philhaven – (717) 270-2446
- York – (717) 851-2305
3. Ask a staff member at any time to contact a chaplain.