Maine Medical Center recognizes the importance of pastoral care and spiritual support as part of the healing process. Ordained and lay Chaplains through the Department of Spiritual Care assist patients and families of all faiths. Their goal is to enable each person to access his or her own faith tradition in ways that promote healing and well-being.
Chaplains may be called at any time, day or night, through the nursing service or through the central switchboard. Reasons to call a chaplain might include desire for spiritual or emotional support, loneliness, anxiety, desire for help to make a difficult decision, need to talk with someone, the approaching death of a patient, a desire for prayer or sacraments, or many other possibilities.
The Spiritual Care Department provides two Catholic Masses each week and Interfaith Protestant services during special religious season of the year.
Eucharistic Ministers provide communion to all Catholic patients who request it and Communion for Protestant patients is also available on request.
The Spiritual Care Department works closely with medical, nursing, and other staff. Chaplains also work with community clergy of all faiths and with a number of religious bodies and church-related organizations in order to provide pastoral care and spiritual support for patients.
The Spiritual Care Department is very involved with education and training of ordained clergy, professed religious persons, seminarians, and committed lay persons through the Clinical Pastoral Education program.
Chaplains in the Spiritual Care Department serve on a number of hospital committees related to ministry, ethics, research, education and others.
For more information about Spiritual Care Services at Maine Medical Center, please call the Rev. Catherine (Kitty) F. Garlid, Director of Spiritual Care at (207) 662-2951.