Spiritual Care Services

For many patients and their families, spirituality is an important part of healing and wellness.

Through our Spiritual Care Services, Hurley Medical Center demonstrates a commitment to clinical excellence and comprehensive care that embraces each individual’s physical, spiritual, emotional and social needs. We also counsel Hurley medical professionals and staff in one-on-one conversations and inservices that address topics such as spiritual care of patients, bioethics, advanced directives, how to pray with patients, and issues relating to loss and grief.

24-Hour Spiritual Care Services

Spiritual Care Services provides 24-hour, on-call access through the services of the Volunteer Director of Spiritual Care and our volunteer chaplains. As part of the patient-admission process, patients are asked questions regarding spiritual care, including whether they would like to speak to a Hurley chaplain or their own spiritual advisors.

To contact one of our chaplains, patients and families may also tell their nurse or call (810) 262-9517. If the need for spiritual care is urgent, please page Spiritual Care Services through the hospital operators.

Caring, Confidential Spiritual Care

Individuals who seek spiritual care come from many faith traditions and have a broad range of questions and concerns. Common reasons for speaking with a chaplain include the following:

  • Patient or family requests a Bible
  • Religious rituals
  • Spiritual needs
  • Questions about advanced directives
  • Giving thanks
  • Fearfulness, anxiety or hopelessness
  • Guilt or loneliness
  • Attempted suicide
  • Loss of will to live
  • Facing death
  • Hostility
  • Non-acceptance of diagnosis
  • Surgery
  • Handicap or change in body image
  • Long convalescence
  • “Hospitalitis” (negative response to an extended hospital stay)
  • Critical illness
  • Stillbirth
  • Patient considering hospice
  • Making a decision about code status
  • Grief issues
  • Bereavement support
  • Sudden trauma

Our Spiritual Care Services Staff

Spiritual Care Services at Hurley Medical Center is overseen by our Volunteer Services and Patient Relations Departments, and led by a Volunteer Director of Spiritual Care. Our numerous highly experienced volunteer chaplains include ordained clergy and lay persons, all of whom are strong members of the faith community and have been referred to Hurley by existing members of the spiritual care team. Individuals may ask to speak to a chaplain of his or her own faith; however, all of our chaplains are committed to a ministry of listening and prayer that respects each person’s spiritual path and their relationships to themselves, others and their God.

In addition to counseling of individuals and families, we conduct religious and ecumenical services as well as other services that recognize particular traditions.

We provide access to spiritual care throughout Hurley Medical Center. Some of our volunteer chaplains have a special interest in specific communities or groups of patients. These chaplains may spend additional time in hospital units that serve children, seniors, cancer patients and others.

Prayer Chapel

Our prayer/meditation chapel is located on the main level. From the main lobby go past the blue elevators and turn left into the hallway. The chapel is located on the right and is open 24 hours.

For more information on Spiritual Care Services at Hurley Medical Center, please contact the Coordinator of Spiritual Care at (810) 262-9517.