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Pastoral Care

If you or a loved one is recovering from an injury, illness or surgery, it's normal to feel worried or uncertain about what lies ahead. Spiritual support provides a strong foundation for recovery and navigation through difficult treatment decisions. No matter what the patient's personal beliefs, the hospital chaplain is available upon request to offer counsel and encouragement, while respecting each person's belief system. Arrangements can be made for you to receive your accustomed sacraments, upon your request.

A non-denominational chapel, located on the ground floor, offers a private setting for prayer and meditation. Patients, family, friends and visitors are welcome to use the chapel, which is open 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week. Because spiritual counsel is an important part of recovery, patients are encouraged to contact their church and/or clergy and notify them of their hospitalization.

The hospital chaplain also serves as a patient advocate. Families of hospitalized patients can call upon the chaplain to discuss palliative care and end of life issues for their loved ones. The chaplain can also assist patients with the completion of Ohio Advance Directive documents. The two main types of Advance Directives in Ohio are:

A living will - the most common type of advance directive, this legal document dictates how much life-sustaining treatment an individual wishes to receive.

The healthcare power of attorney - allows you to designate up to three persons whom you would trust to speak on your behalf concerning health care matters if you are temporarily unable to speak for yourself.

Please click on the following link for the most recent versions of the Living Will and Health Care Power of Attorney from the Ohio State legislature.

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