Spiritual Care

The mission of the spiritual care department is to enhance the community’s health status by providing a spiritual presence that promotes healing. Life’s struggles are always easier when you have someone with whom to share.

When you’re faced with challenges in a hospital setting, hospital chaplains and other members of the spiritual care department are always available – ready to provide a listening ear, share spiritual counsel, extend a hand of friendship and help you and the resources you need to travel more easily down life’s path.

Spiritual care promotes a patient-centered approach to care by:

  • Supporting an individual’s values and beliefs
  • Promoting spiritual beliefs, attitudes and practices in support of recovery
  • Offering support and care in the midst of pain and suffering
  • Regarding people of all faiths, ethnic backgrounds and races as individuals of worth and value

Community services

Parish Nurse Ministry

  • Pairs a nurse with a local church congregation
  • Helps people in religious communities reach their optimal level of physical, spiritual and emotional health

Intensive Prayer Unit

  • Partners with area churches to pray for patients who request prayer

Blessing of the Hands

  • Provides spiritual support for caregivers by annointing their hands

Spiritual Counseling

  • Supports patients, families and staff in the community in times of crisis and uncertainty

Our chaplain ministry consists of staff and volunteers who:

  • Provide care and support for those coping with spiritual needs and emotions in the hospital setting
  • Give spiritual and emotional support in times of crisis
  • Meet the religious needs of patients by responding to requests for prayer, confession, baptism and other sacraments and perform ceremonies as requested by patients, families and staff
  • Provide support to patients, families and staff as they deal with difficult moral or ethical situations
  • Support patients, families and staff in face of grief, death and bereavement

On-call chaplains

A chaplain is on call for emergencies 24 hours a day at any of our hospitals.

Holston Valley Medical Center
423-224-5917 – staff chaplain
423-224-4000 – pager

Bristol Regional Medical Center
423-844-3799 – staff chaplain
423-844-4600 – pager

Mountain View Regional Medical Center

Lonesome Pine Hospital

Hawkins County Memorial Hospital
800-976-1946 – pager

Hancock Community Hospital
423-300-3118 – pager

Spiritual Care
P.O. Box 238, Kingsport, TN 37662
423-224-5345 – fax

Spiritual Care Service brochure