At Kalispell Regional Medical Center, we recognize that addressing the spiritual aspect of our patients’ lives is an important part of the healing process. Perhaps the best reason for addressing spiritual issues is that many of our patients are religious and utilize their faith during difficult times (such as a hospitalization). Research has shown that over 90% of Americans believe in God, a similar percentage pray, nearly 70% are church members, and over 40% report having attended church, synagogue, or temple within the past week. Being spiritual, then, is a large part of many patients’ lives—forming identity, providing comfort, strength, meaning and purpose (Koenig, 2002). Our Spiritual Care department, therefore, is staffed by a full-time Chaplain and numerous on-call volunteer Chaplains who can help patients and families deal with fears, worries, doubts and questions that arise in times of illness or trauma.
A visit from a hospital chaplain or from your own minister or spiritual care provider can contribute to healing in many ways. Patients can request prayer, the sacraments, or perhaps just a conversation with a minister to help you and your loved ones deal with recent sickness, injury or death. As always, you can expect a caring, attentive listener who respects your spirituality, faith, beliefs and cultural background, and one who is dedicated to understanding your feelings and helping you find comfort in time of need. Although we do not offer worship services, the hospital chapel is open 24/7 to offer a quiet place for reflection, prayer and meditation.
Our full-time staff Chaplain, Darren Schwartz, is an ordained Southern Baptist minister and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. With many years experience in the medical environment, he is a trained member of the treatment team who is committed to helping meet your spiritual care needs. Patients and family members can request a visit from Darren or one of his volunteer chaplains at any time during their stay in the hospital.
To contact a chaplain, please call the Spiritual Care Department at (406) 752-1776 or dial “0” from within the hospital and ask the Communication Center to page the chaplain.
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