Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt
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Children's Hospital
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2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232

(615) 936-1000

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is a ministry of compassion dedicated to meeting the spiritual needs of patients and families.

Chaplain with mother and child

Chaplains are ministers with special skills in helping people during times of illness. Children's Hospital understands the vital roles that faith and spirit play in the lives of patients and their families. Chaplains are in the hospital Monday through Friday and are on-call on the weekends for emergencies. 

When to Call a Chaplain

  • When you desire prayer or spiritual guidance
  • When you desire a specific rite or ritual (i.e., communion, baptism, the sacrament of the sick, or annointing)
  • When there is a death or crisis
  • When you are wrestling with religious issues such as unresolved grief, lack of faith, inability to pray, sense of being abandoned by God, or when you experience lack of hope or question the meaning of life
  • When you need information about community religious groups and/or resources

How to Contact a Chaplain

  • Ask your nurse or other medical staff person to contact a chaplain on your behalf
  • Call the Department of Pastoral Care at (615) 936-0425
  • Stop by the Chapel on the second floor of the hospital

Last Edited: June 19, 2012
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