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"The medical community is discovering that the human body is made up of spiritually sensitive tissue."
----Norman Cousins

Pastoral/Spiritual Care Mission
Spiritual Care
Chaplaincy Services
Daily Reflections
Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi
Request Prayer Intentions

Pastoral/Spiritual Care Mission

Rooted in the healing ministry of Jesus, the mission of the Pastoral Care team of Good Samaritan Health Systems is to engender healing partnerships within the communities the Pastoral Care team serves to further physical, emotional and spiritual wholeness.

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Spiritual Care

In keeping with the philosophy that we treat each person holistically, we believe that spiritual care is an integral part of a person's well-being. We work to create a healing environment where all patients, from any faith, may be strengthened, motivated and inspired to experience their faith in conjunction with medical modalities of treatment.

Spirituality is an integral part of life, and research has suggested an interconnected nature between spirituality and healing. Underlying aspects of spirituality include prayer, a sense of meaning in life, reading and reflection, a sense of closeness to a higher being, interactions with others, and other experiences that mirror spiritual interaction or awareness. Current studies by researchers found a striking correlation between wholesome spiritual health and good physical health.

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Chaplaincy Services

GSHS chaplains are members of the healing team. Their relationship with the other staff members and employees determine the quality of their ministry for patients and their families. Chaplains are skilled in pastoral consulting and dedicate their skills and spiritual witness to the better health of all they serve.

  • To Patients:
    • Bedside visitation, especially with patients who are lonely, anxious, awaiting diagnostic results, preparing for surgery and we rejoice with individuals when receiving good news.
    • Sacrament
    • Follow-up pastoral care and support

  • To the Community:
    • Referral to and from area pastors and local agencies

  • To the Families of Patients:
    • Who are critically ill
    • Who face long-term illness
    • With traumatic illness
    • At the time of death, if needed
    • Rejoicing over good news

  • To the Staff and Employees:
    • Consultation about patients
    • Friendship and encouragement
    • Informal conversational counseling
    • Pastoral support

  • To the Medical Team:
    • Mobilize religious resources to contribute to the healing of persons
    • Understanding of religious meaning of illness and death
    • Communication link between the medical team, patient, family and community
    • Pastoral support
    • Supportive friendship

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Christ the King Chapel in Good Samaritan Hospital during the Christmas season.Christ the King Chapel in Good Samaritan Hospital, and Richard H. Young Hospital Chapel are open 24 hours for those who need to have a quiet place for prayer and meditation. The Good Samaritan Hospital chapel is located in the southwest Richard H. Young Chapel in Richard Young Hospital.section of the hospital on the first floor. The Richard Young Hospital chapel is located in the lower the level. Prayers and services are offered on a regular basis in the chapels.

Chapel Services
Mass: Usually on Wednesdays and Fridays at noon
Episcopal Prayer Service: Fridays at 4 p.m.

Religious Channels on the Cable System
32&33—Care Channels
35—EWTN (The Catholic Network)

To Reach a Chaplain
A chaplain may be reached by calling the Good Samaritan Hospital operator at 865-7100 and asking for the chaplain of your preference or the chaplain on call.

Prayer Intentions
Submit your prayer intentions and they will be entered into our special prayer book in the Good Samaritan Hospital chapel. Let us pray for each other.

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Daily Reflection

We would like to offer you some daily reflections. Please select the month below that you would like to see for the reflection:

February 2004
March 2004
April 2004
May 2004
June 2004

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Where there is charity and wisdom
There is neither fear nor ignorance.

Where there is patience and humility
There is neither anger nor disturbance.

Where there is poverty and joy,
There is neither greed nor avarice.

Where there is rest and meditation,
There is neither anxiety nor restlessness.

Where there is fear of the Lord to guard us
There the enemy cannot harm us.

Where there is a heart full of mercy and discernment,
there is neither excess nor hardness of heart.

--St. Francis of Assisi

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