A hospital stay can be a frightening, anxious and sometimes lonely experience.
MaineGeneral's Spiritual Care staff knows your spiritual care is also an important part of the healing process.
Our chaplains work with medical staff to address your spiritual needs and provide you with the highest level of patient care. We also support hospital staff.
Health concerns or crises often raise issues such as meaning, hope and purpose. Spirituality is a resource for coping with illness or injury.
Through a holistic approach to health care, our spiritual caregivers respect and respond to patients' values and beliefs.
We work with you, your family and medical center staff to:
- Promote care shaped by concern for the whole person
- Respond to different spiritual and cultural needs and practices
- Advocate for and support families with different ethical and medical decisions
- Encourage sensitivity to the healing power in religious practices and rituals
At the Alfond Center for Health, our nondenominational Spiritual Center offers a place for you and others of all faiths to find respite and solace.
Nestled between two hospital wings, the single-story spiritual space is literally a world of its own. Three walls feature etched glass that allows an abundance of natural light while still preserving privacy.
A beautiful hand-built prayer wall provides a place to offer written notes or messages.
You'll find spiritual and pastoral care from MaineGeneral's professional chaplains.
They are nationally certified, specialized ministers who are educated and trained to offer support and referral services to meet the spiritual and religious needs of a diverse population.
You will have meaningful support to meet your needs.
Our professional chaplains do not displace local religious leaders but fill a needed role in an intensive medical environment.
In addition to staff chaplains available during weekly day shifts, our department provides pastoral care 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To reach a chaplain in the evening or on weekends, please ask your nurse for help or call the hospital operator and ask for the "chaplain on call." Patients and their family members/friends also can ask for a chaplain visit.
When to Ask for a Chaplain
Patients should consider asking for a chaplain when they:
- Are concerned or fearful about what is happening
- Would like the rituals of their faith tradition performed
- Would like to speak to someone about spiritual, religious or ethical concerns
- Would like to contact someone from their own faith community
- Would like support for a family member or friend
Medical staff should consider requesting a chaplain when:
- They or their patient question the meaning or possible impact of a patient's illness or treatment
- Their patient expresses concern while awaiting diagnostic reports
- Their patient faces a life-threatening diagnosis or procedure
- Their patient has major or repeated setbacks
- They want help with comfort care, especially for those who are dying
- The patient's families or friends need comfort while grieving for someone who has died
- Their patient is diagnosed as needing "comfort care only" or is referred to Palliative Care or Hospice
Spiritual Care Team
- Rev. Devin Dickinson, Supervisor
- Rev. Nancee Campbell, Per Diem Chaplain
- Rev. Ned Crockett, Per Diem Chaplain
- Alicia Kellogg, Per Diem Chaplain
- John Kramer, Per Diem Chaplain
- Rev. John Webb, Per Diem Chaplain
In addition to professional chaplains, MaineGeneral uses trained volunteers as Spiritual Care volunteers.
Similar to other hospital volunteers, spiritual care volunteers are lay people who expand the scope of spiritual care by visiting patients and providing spiritual support. They are specialized members of MaineGeneral Medical Center's volunteer program.
MaineGeneral's Spiritual Care Volunteers:
- Receive substantial training under the supervision of both MaineGeneral's Volunteer Services and Spiritual Care departments.
- Are trained to recognize circumstances when a patient should be referred to one of our professional chaplains.
- Participate in programs of continuing education and mutual peer support.
If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering, please call (207) 626-1227.