Spiritual and Pastoral Care

Overview

At Vanderbilt Health, our chaplains offer spiritual and pastoral care to help you throughout your hospital stay. When you are experiencing helplessness, anxiety, grief, fear or even celebration, our chaplains are here to offer spiritual and emotional support, no matter what your spiritual path may be.

Our chaplains may not be of the same faith or tradition, but we can offer spiritual support and help you through a difficult period and provide guidance with end-of-life issues. Our chaplains can connect you with local faith-based groups and organizations that share in your beliefs. We can also assist you with a rite or ritual such as communion, baptism and sacrament of the sick, or anointing. 

You can request a chaplain by asking a member of your health care team, or calling the Spiritual and Pastoral Care team at (615) 343-3535. Chaplains are available in the hospital during daytime hours Monday through Friday and are on-call for emergencies on the weekends.

One of our volunteers may visit you while in the hospital. They come from a variety of spiritual backgrounds and can provide you information about our services.
 

Chapel Services During COVID-19 Response

The Sunday Service and Wednesday Prayer Services at Rhea Chapel are suspended for the time being. During this time the chapel remains open to patients and admitted visitors. We ask that all chapel visitors practice appropriate social distancing.

Meet Our Chaplains

Chapel at Vanderbilt Hospital

The Rhea Chapel is available on the first floor of Vanderbilt Hospital 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may use the chapel for prayer and meditation. We also have the following available for prayer support:

  • Bibles
  • Hebrew bibles
  • Quran
  • Book of Mormon
  • Prayer beads
  • Rosary
  • Prayer rugs
  • Candles (electronic)
  • Prayer box for prayer requests

We offer worship opportunities in the Rhea Chapel each week:

  • Wednesday at 12 p.m., a 15-minute moment of prayer and music
  • Sunday at 10 a.m., a 30-minute interdenominational Christian service 
     

Chaplain Training and Field Education

The Spiritual and Pastoral Care department at Vanderbilt Health serves as an education site for future chaplains and local religious leaders.

  • We offer a Community Clergy Workshop upon request to inform local religious leaders and community leaders about the spiritual and pastoral services at Vanderbilt Health. For the most up-to-date information about our upcoming Workshop, please call our main office at (615) 343-3535.
  • We offer chaplain/pastoral internships for seminary or divinity school students interested in spiritual care in a hospital setting. This internship includes up to 10 hours per week of patient/family/staff care and supervision from a staff chaplain. 
  • We also participate in Saint Thomas/Nashville Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Partnership, a collaboration of area hospital and ministries interested in helping to train future spiritual care providers. The partnership offers summer, extended-placement and year-long residency positions and is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. For a brochure, application, or additional information, call (615) 222-6604 or email dnowlin@sth.org.