111 Colchester Avenue
Main Campus- Patrick- Level 1
Burlington, VT 05401
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 basic universal human needs of those we serve. For people of all faiths and spiritual identities and for those who have no particular faith or affiliation, our chaplains offer spiritual care and emotional support, routinely and in crisis situations. 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 UVMMC 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 attend to and honor the ways they make meaning
An essential part of UVMMC’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 am and 4:30 pm 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.
Phone the Spiritual Care Department confidential voice line at (802) 847-2775, located on Patrick 131, Medical Center Main Campus.
The following are many of the ways we serve UVMMC 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 assist the staff in bringing Holy Communion and visiting patients.
- For urgent spiritual/emotional needs in-house:
- Call the Hospital Operator at 802-847-0000 and ask to speak with the Chaplain on-call.
We welcome patients, families and staff to attend the following worship services:
Medical Center Campus
The Medical Center Campus Chapel is located on the Patrick Level 1.
|Catholic Mass||TBA||TBA (televised Chanel 49)|
|Muslim Prayer||Fridays||12:45 pm|
Except when services are scheduled, the Chapel is open for private prayer and meditation. You are welcome to come to pray, meditate or simply seek peace, day or night. Regular service times are posted on the chapel door. Catholic Mass may be viewed from patient rooms on television - Channel 49.
Clinical Pastoral Education at The UVM Medical Center
Clinical Pastoral Education is interfaith professional education for ministry. It brings theological students and ministers of all faiths (pastors, priests, rabbis, imams and others) into supervised encounter with persons in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with persons in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, students develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping persons, they develop skills in interpersonal and interprofessional relationships.
We welcome you to get in touch with us about other ways we may be helpful to you by calling (802) 847-2775.