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The Pastoral Services department offers spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths. Spiritual care for all of our patients, families and staff focuses on the spiritual aspects of wellness, illness, recovery, medical care, ethical decisions, dying and death.
We approach the care of our patients from a holistic perspective — we believe the well-being of the patient may be helped through conversation, prayer, meditation, ritual and spiritual care services. Our staff of chaplains is available as a resource for patients and their families during times of crisis, waiting, diagnosis and decision-making; in times of joy, pain, and grief; in anxiety and fear; in searching for meaning; and as a comforting presence.
The Pastoral Services chaplains visit patients on a regular basis and are available 24 hours a day. Chaplains can provide one-on-one visitation, devotional materials, prayer, support, a listening ear and a compassionate presence. One-on-one pastoral visitation is available from within St. Francis by dialing zero and asking the operator for the chaplain. You may also ask your nurse to call for you. From outside the hospital, dial (308) 384-4600.
The staff of the pastoral services department will be happy to contact an individual’s personal pastor or church family if requested.
Our chapels and meditation rooms are available to all patients, families, and visitors. You are encouraged to visit any time. Please ask a staff member if you need assistance locating one of our chapels or meditation rooms.
We welcome community clergy to St. Francis. Our administrative policy on the disclosure of directory information to clergy and the HIPAA compliance form are available below.
To learn about chaplains as a profession, please call the pastoral services department at (308) 384-4600.