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Emotional and Spiritual Support

Providing comfort and strength during your hospital stay.

Chaplaincy Care and Clinical Pastoral Education teams at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health provide emotional and spiritual support for patients, family members, and staff, and training for pastoral caregivers in clinical ministry settings.

Chaplains serve in a complementary capacity with community clergy, and also provide support in emergency situations. Our team includes staff chaplains and chaplain associates, clinical pastoral education residents, a chaplain fellow in oncology, and a Roman Catholic priest who provides daily visitation and Eucharist for Roman Catholic patients.

Staff chaplains offer lectures and workshops for community organizations and local clergy, and serve as liaisons to area religious communities.

Patients and families may desire pastoral care when:
  • Anxious about their condition or treatments
  • Facing difficult decisions
  • Having spiritual or religious concerns or questions
  • Wishing to receive religious sacraments and do not have their own clergy
  • Struggling with the meaning of illness
  • Grieving over a loss 
  • Thankful for results and positive outcomes

Areas for Reflection

A chapel is located in the lobby of Lancaster General Hospital. A meditation room is located in the lobby of Women & Babies Hospital. Both are always open.

"Chaplains Honored by Gift of Life"

Contact Us

We’re here to help. If you or a loved one would like to see a chaplain, please call:

Chaplaincy Care Main Office
Monday – Friday, 8 am – 4:30 pm
Phone: 717- 544-5979
Fax: 717-544-5993 
Note: A chaplain is available 24 hours a day by pager and can be reached by calling the hospital operator at 717-544-5511.

Saxton Clinical Pastoral Education Center 
Phone:  717-544-5325
Fax: 717-544-1151


In This Section...

Frequently Asked Questions

Get the answers to questions clergy commonly ask about visiting patients.

Meet Our Staff

Providing spiritual care to persons of any religious tradition.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Learn about our Clinical Pastoral Education programs.
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