Nurturing Healing Communities Within and Beyond Meriter
Meriter focuses on caring for the whole person - body, mind and spirit. In this framework, Meriter's Department of Spiritual Care focuses on the spiritual and emotional care of people at Meriter Hospital. If you, a family member or a friend are in need of spiritual assistance while at Meriter, please feel free to use the following services.
In-house Chaplain Presence
Our chaplains are available within Meriter 24 hours a day to provide ministry to the patients and families of Meriter Hospital. They will also assist you in contacting the clergy or denominational representative of your choice. To request assistance or a visit from one of our chaplains, call (608) 417-6480. Or, call Meriter's switchboard at (608) 417-6000 and ask that the chaplain-on-call be paged.
Meriter's chaplains link with community agencies, congregations, clergy and spiritual caregivers to facilitate timely and appropriate spiritual care. We are pleased that many community clergy members provide ministry at Meriter. They are an integral part of our ministry team.
Health Consultation and Counseling
As members of your medical care team, our chaplains collaborate with other Meriter clinicians and provide consultation on matters concerning your health care, treatment decisions, and values clarification.
We offer many education opportunities throughout the year for the general community, community spiritual caregivers, congregations and Meriter staff. Recent topics have included:
Change, loss and grief
Advance Medical Directives
Meditation and prayer
Ethics and End of Life Palliative Care
Information for Spiritual Caregivers
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) - We offer a comprehensive clinical program for clergy and other caregivers that is nationally accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education. If you are a member of the clergy or caregiving staff and would like to learn more about enrolling in this program, please visit our Clinical Pastoral Education Program section.
Association of Spiritual Caregivers - More than 130 area faith community leaders belong to Meriter's Association of Spiritual Caregivers. The Association provides spiritual care within Meriter Hospital; learning opportunities for faith community leaders; and assists area faith communities in their efforts to be centers of health and healing. If you are a spiritual caregiver and would like to learn more about joining the Association, please visit our Association of Spiritual Caregivers section.
Night Chaplain Service Opportunities - Sponsored by Meriter's Department of Spiritual Care and the Association of Spiritual Caregivers, Meriter's Night Chaplain Program allows you to provide spiritual care throughout Meriter Hospital. If you are a spiritual caregiver and would like to learn more about night chaplain opportunities, please visit our Night Chaplain section.
Chapel/Meditation Room and Sunday/Memorial Services
Our chapel and meditation room is open daily for patients and families and is located on the lobby level, just around the corner from the Tower elevators.
The Department of Spiritual Care coordinates memorial services on the fourth Sunday in February, June and October for families of adult patients who have died at Meriter. These memorial services assist individuals and families in their grieving process and journey of healing.
An interfaith and ecumenical prayer service is conducted every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and a Roman Catholic Mass is conducted every Sunday at 4:00 p.m. for patients and families for their support while hospitalized.