The Sisters of Providence, who founded St. Patrick Hospital and Health Sciences in 1873, were inspired to bring Christ’s healing compassion to all those in need—a ministry continues today.
The healing process encompasses more than physical health. Spiritual care responds to emotional and spiritual needs to enhance healing. Hospitalization can induce a mixture of joy and pain, with feelings of anxiety and helplessness. It is not unusual to question every part of life—including faith. Chaplains and Music-Thanatologists are specially trained to serve as companions and advocates who are by your side as you and your family face this time of uncertainty.
Chaplains at Providence St. Patrick Hospital have typically received a master’s degree in theological study, completed a year of clinical pastoral education and maintain national board certification. They serve as members of the health care team, complementing the healing work of physicians, nurses, therapists and other health care professionals.
Chaplains believe that every human life is sacred and that every person’s story is a privilege and honor to hear. They provide nonjudgmental, confidential support for patients and their families—regardless of spirituality or faith tradition. Spiritual exploration can offer wholeness and peace. Chaplains also contact a minister, priest, rabbi or other spiritual leader when requested.
Live harp music is available to all patients and their families while at Providence St. Patrick Hospital. This experience is typically described as soothing for those experiencing physical or emotional pain, restlessness or anxiety. It may also benefit those in need of companionship, distraction, listening, celebration, inspiration and support.
Our harpist is professionally trained and certified in music-thanatology, which is the study of harp and voice to serve the physical and spiritual needs of the dying. For many patients and their families, this expression of beauty, reverence and intimacy offers great comfort.
Prayer, a chaplain visit or harp music may be requested any time. Please ask your nurse to place an EPIC Consult for the chaplain or clinical musician.
You may also contact the Spiritual Care Office: 406-329-5789. Chaplains are on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.