At Vanderbilt University Hospital, we understand that assisting with your spiritual and religious needs is an important part of caring for you as a whole person.

Our chaplains serve as members of the healthcare team, working closely with nurses, physicians, social workers and others who care for you and your family. Care is available to people of all faiths.

You may request a chaplain by calling Pastoral Care at (615) 343-3535 or by asking your nurse or physician to contact a chaplain for you.

Chapel services

Rhea Chapel is on the first floor of Vanderbilt Hospital and is open 24/7 for prayer and meditation. The Chapel offers space for prayer, as well as Bibles, Care Notes, and other spiritual resources for families, patients, and staff. We offer the following worship opportunities in Rhea Chapel, led by members of the Vanderbilt Pastoral Care Department:

  • 30-minute, Interdenominational/Christian Worship Service at 10:00 AM on Sundays

  • 15-minute, Moment for Prayer and Music at 12:00 PM on Wednesdays

You will find a Prayer Box in Rhea Chapel for your prayer requests. Prayer is a powerful force that asks for and welcomes God's help and presence. God is always present to aid us in the healing process, to watch over us in our time of illness, crisis or need. Prayer helps us overcome fear and anxiety as we seek understanding, forgiveness and love. The Prayer Box is checked routinely by our chaplains.