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Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy

Spirituality and Health Care

The field of health care is broadly defined as the field concerned with the maintenance or restoration of health of the body or mind. More and more, health care is moving toward becoming “patient-centered care” in which, as Rev. Eric J. Hall explains, “The patient is the source of control for their care. The care is customized, encourages patient participation and empowerment, and reflects the patient’s needs, values and choices. Families and friends are considered an essential part of the care team.” (Email from HealthCare Chaplaincy Network, 9/1/2016) Patient-centered care takes into account a patient’s social, emotional and spiritual concerns, not just the patient’s physiological disease.

Now that a trend is moving toward a better balanced approach to health care, Spirituality is being added to a patient’s course of therapy and care. This provides for a more purposeful approach that includes the body, mind and spirit of the patient, their family and friends, along with the social, emotional and spiritual concerns of the patient. Spirituality is a dynamic and intrinsic aspect of humanity through which persons seek ultimate meaning, purpose and transcendence, and experience relationship to self, family, others, community, society, nature, and the significant or sacred. Spirituality is expressed through beliefs, values, traditions and practices.

Chaplains are here to assist you with any religious or spiritual needs that arise during your stay. If a Chaplain does not come by to visit you, please have your nurse or doctor have a Chaplain paged to come to where you are in our hospital.

What is a Chaplain?

Chaplains at Covenant


Staff Chaplain

Bary Moynihan

Associate Chaplain / Spiritual Care Manager

Angelina Daniels, BCC

Associate Chaplains

Keith Cooper Lark Cooper
Sherita Hagberg Sr. Carmela Macabanti

Clinical Pastoral Education

Spiritual Care Manager

Bob Powell


Chaplains are trained to receive the questions that colleagues have regarding ethical concerns, to help name the ethical issue at stake in accordance with the Covenant Health Ethics Ready Reference Grid, and to point to the next step for resolving the ethical concern.

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