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Spiritual Care

111 Colchester Avenue
Main Campus- Patrick- Level 1
Burlington, VT 05401

Sunday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
 

Chaplain Hours & Availability 

Daily  8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

(802) 847-2275, located in Patrick 131, Medical Center Main Campus 

For Emergency Spiritual/Emotional Needs Any Time   

Call the hospital operator (802) 847-0000 and ask for the chaplain on call. 

About Us

 The mission of the Spiritual Care Department is to encourage and support holistic well-being of all persons at the UVM Medical Center by providing emotional and spiritual support, especially in times of crisis, chronic illness or imminent death. 

Our team of interfaith chaplains responds to the basic universal human needs of those we serve. Our chaplains offer spiritual care and emotional support, routinely and in crisis situations, for people of all faiths and spiritual identities as well as for those who have no particular faith or affiliation. Spiritual care may include honoring what is most sacred and precious to patients and families; finding and fostering forgiveness and reconciliation; sharing in prayer, blessings, and/or meditation; marking and ritualizing life transitions, particularly at End of Life; and thinking through and making important decisions. 

The UVM Medical Center Spiritual Care Department chaplains are keenly aware of the diverse religious, spiritual and cultural needs of our community. We seek to treat all people with respect, dignity and compassion, and to attend to and honor the ways they make meaning.  

An essential part of UVM Medical Center’s commitment to providing whole-person patient care, our interfaith chaplains are fully integrated members of UVM Medical Center's treatment teams. The department's spiritual care staff is comprised of Board Certified chaplains and chaplain interns training in our ACPE nationally accredited Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) center.  

Interfaith chaplains are routinely available between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily, and at other times for emergencies. Whenever possible, we seek to provide for the particular spiritual and religious needs of each patient and family. 

If you are in need of assistance, please call the Spiritual Care Department confidential voice line at 802-847-2775, located on Patrick 131, Medical Center Campus.

The following are many of the ways we serve UVM Medical Center patients, families and staff:

  • Spiritual visits to patients and families
  • Assessment and support of spiritual needs
  • Roman Catholic Sacramental ministry -- the sacraments of Anointing of the Sick, Holy Communion and Confession
  • Spiritual support in emergency situations
  • Support in times of decision-making
  • Ministry to grieving and bereaved persons
  • Spiritual support for staff
  • Short-term spiritual counseling and referrals
  • Regular and special worship services
  • Networking with community clergy
  • Educational events and workshops
  • ACPE Accredited CPE program
  • Providing Bibles and other spiritual literature 
  • Providing information on the multicultural/spiritual traditions of various faith groups
  • Coordinating and supporting volunteers who assist the staff in bringing Holy Communion and visiting patients. 

We welcome you to get in touch with us about other ways we may be helpful to you.

Chapel  

The Medical Center Chapel is located on Patrick Level 1 (hall heading to McClure). 

The Chapel is open for private prayer and meditation, except when services are being held. You are welcome to come to pray, meditate or simply seek peace, day or night.

We welcome patients, families and staff to attend the following services:

Worship  Day  Time 
Catholic Mass  TBA  TBA (televised Chanel 49)
Muslim Prayer Fridays  12:45 pm
Meditation  TBA  TBA 

** The Catholic Mass may be viewed from patient rooms on television - Channel 49.

Clinical Pastoral Education at the UVM Medical Center

Welcome to The University of Vermont Medical Center and our ACPE Certified Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Center!  We are excited you’re interested in learning more about the program.

The following are upcoming CPE units at the University of Vermont Medical Center:

  • Part-Time Fall-Winter Extended Unit:  October 18, 2021 - April 2, 2022 - This CPE unit is now full.
  • Part-Time Spring-Summer Extended Unit: April 20 – September 15, 2022 – We are now accepting applications.

What is CPE?

CPE is an experiential theological education designed to increase self-awareness and develop and sharpen one’s ability to provide spiritual care for patients, families and staff at the UVM Medical Center. The guiding principles and underlying assumptions of the program include the following:

  • Ministry takes place in the context of relationship.
  • One’s own personhood is the most important tool one has for providing spiritual and pastoral care.
  • One must be open to personal and professional growth.
  • One must have a basic understanding of one’s own spiritual / faith perspective and how to use it to connect with the spiritual/faith perspective of the recipient of one’s care.
  • One must be aware of how one’s personal history may impact in the role of chaplain.

Chaplain interns who join us in the study and practice of spiritual care do so in an atmosphere that is supportive of their personal and professional growth. We value our interns’ contributions to the spiritual care provided to patients, patients' loved ones and staff at the UVM Medical Center. Our aim is to make this experience equally valuable to our students.

CPE Program Outcomes

  • CPE prepares students to provide pastoral and spiritual care to patients in hospitals, nursing homes and community agencies.
  • CPE may fulfill a one-unit requirement of a theological degree program.
  • One year of CPE may be accepted by theological schools as the required intern year of ministry.
  • CPE may serve as part of a graduate program at a theological school in which academic study and supervisory CPE are combined.
  • CPE may assist an individual in his/her discernment for ministry.
  • CPE may provide personal growth development for the individual to use in his/her workplace.
  • CPE may lead to chaplain certification after 4 units.

Meals

CPE interns receive a meal allowance in hospital cafeterias for meals during class and clinical days.

Tuition

Tuition is $900 per unit, the balance payable during the first week of the program unless otherwise arranged with the ACPE Certified Educator. A non-refundable deposit of $200 is required at the time of acceptance and is credited toward tuition cost. The Sheldon Trust Scholarship Fund is available to assist CPE students who have financial need.  We are committed to working with accepted students to ensure that tuition costs are not a barrier to participating in our program.

Who May Enroll

Some people enroll in CPE, in part, to fulfill a requirement of their ordination body. Others desire to train as a professional chaplain. Still others sign up for CPE for a personal growth experience or to discern a call to ministry. We encourage people preparing for professional leadership in spiritual and religious communities, ordained clergy, lay leaders, nurses, social workers and others to reach out to us to learn about our CPE program. 

For more information, please contact Rev. Nancy Wood, MDiv, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator at Nancy.Wood [at] UVMHealth.org or (802) 847-7740.