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Community Memorial Hospital
805/652-5011

Spiritual Care Department
805/652-5450


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Spiritual Care

Meeting the Emotional and Spiritual Needs of Our Patients, Families and Staff

  • Supportive listening
  • Support for making difficult treatment decisions
  • Prayer
  • Bereavement support
  • Contact to local clergy
  • Religious literature
  • Sacraments
  • Shabbat candles (electric)
  • Scriptures for different faiths & languages
  • First floor Meditation Chapel

Mission
Spirituality is an integral part of Community Memorial Health System’s mission to provide the best care available.

The Spiritual Care Services department is committed in providing to you the most comprehensive spiritual care while upholding the five core values:

  • RESPECT
  • COMPASSION
  • FAITH & SPIRITUALITY
  • DIVERSITY
  • EXCELLENCE

Using a diverse and inclusive approach, we in the Spiritual Care Services department will work in collaboration with your medical staff to provide a personalized approach to spiritual care, taking the time to understand your individual faiths, beliefs, and practices.

Interfaith Chapel
We would like to invite you and your family to visit our interfaith chapel. It is available 24 hours a day to meet your spiritual needs. We also invite you to utilize the prayer box. Each prayer or thought will be individually read and prayed for by a member of the Spiritual Care team.

Cancer Patient Support
Spiritual Care Services supports patients dealing with a cancer diagnosis. A professional chaplain can assist you in expressing your feelings while dealing with extraordinarily difficult circumstances. For many, faith in God gives them the courage and hope necessary to face their diagnosis. Together we can share in the spirit of hope and create a loving and healing environment.

Palliative Care Team
Palliative Care is an area of medicine aimed at alleviating the physical, psychological, and social implications of a life-threatening disease. Palliative care can begin at the time of diagnosis of a chronic illness, and continues to provide the necessary support as the disease progresses. The Palliative Care team is a compassionate group of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, dieticians, and spiritual care professionals who address the special needs of patients and families who are faced with a life-threatening or life-limiting illness.

If you or your families need access to prayer, religious literature or inspirational booklets that reflect your personal faith beliefs do not hesitate to contact our department. If you would like to talk to a chaplain, please call Ext. 5450 (from inside the hospital) or ask your nurse to assist you.

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