A stay in the hospital can be a time of deep concern for patients, families and friends. Strength may be found in sharing your concerns with a chaplain or pastoral care volunteer.
The mission of the Pastoral Care Department is to accommodate the religious/spiritual needs of patients, families, friends and hospital staff—either by providing direct care or serving as a liaison to area churches and faith groups. Our goal is to provide compassionate spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths or of no particular faith.
In providing chaplaincy services, our philosophy is:
- To respect each person's worldview and to support his or her belief system.
- To supplement and enhance, not replace, the services provided by the patient's own clergy.
- To promote healthy spirituality, which helps people toward wholeness, belonging and purposeful existence in the journey of life.
- To ask appropriate questions rather than provide easy answers, valuing each individual's quest to find meaning in his or her own life.
In addition to a chaplain, pastoral care volunteers regularly provide visitation to newly admitted patients. They are available to offer support and to contact area congregations at a patient's request. Pastoral care volunteers are actively recruited throughout the year.
To volunteer, please print the Medical Center volunteer application, complete all pages and mail it to:
Mount Nittany Medical Center
1800 E. Park Ave.
State College, PA 16803
For more information, call the volunteer office at 814.234.6170.