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Spiritual Care Services

Spiritual Care Services - Departments & Programs, UW Hospital and Clinics

The Spiritual Care Services department envisions UW Hospital and Clinics as a "Community of Healing and Transformation." To that end, we believe that care of the spirit is a vital part of health and wellness. With compassion and respect, chaplains on staff are available to support the spiritual and emotional needs of patients, loved ones, family members and staff. 

We offer chaplain presence to people from all religions and to those with no faith tradition. Upon request, we will be happy to connect you with a member of your faith community. 

To heal sometimes, to remedy often, to comfort always - French proverb


Vision Statements

Spiritual Care Services follows the following vision statements:

To contact a chaplain

Our office hours are 8am to 4:30pm, Monday-Friday, call us at (608) 263-8574. A chaplain is in house 24 hours a day. Find us in the On-Call Paging Schedule under SPIRITUAL CARE SERVICES.


Can patients receive special services, such as communion or other Sacraments?

Chaplains offer spiritual comfort, counsel and prayer. We also offer communion, anointing or baptism, as requested. Eucharistic ministers visit daily to offer communion to patients, and a Catholic priest is available to offer the Sacrament of Annointing of the Sick, the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and Baptism. Spiritual Care Services also provides Bibles, rosaries and inspirational literature.

Call Spiritual Care Services at (608) 263-8574 to help a patient receive any of these services.

Can Spiritual Care Services help a patient to receive a visit from a faith leader from their own faith group?

Besides visits from our chaplains, we encourage patients to call upon leaders of their own faith group to visit and provide support consistent with their faith practices. At their request, chaplains can help make that contact. Call (608) 263-8574 to have Spiritual Care Services help patients contact their faith leader. 

What are some guidelines for when I should call Spiritual Care Services to help a patient or loved one?

There are many circumstances when Spiritual Care Services can offer guidance and support the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their loved ones. Consider calling Spiritual Care Services at (608) 263-8574 when a patient or loved one: