The role of Pastoral Care at Piedmont Henry Hospital is guided by our commitment to provide a holistic health care experience. The Chaplains of the Pastoral Care Department are part of the total health care team of Piedmont Henry Hospital. The focus of our attention as caregivers is upon the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and family members, as well as the employee, volunteers and physicians of the hospital.
At Piedmont Henry Hospital we understand that being hospitalized and dealing with illness can be an extremely challenging time. We recognize that pastoral care can play an important role in the healing process and contribute to the wellbeing of patients. Many people find that talking with a Chaplain can help with the fears and uncertainties of being a patient. The Chaplains of the Pastoral Care Department represent many faiths and are available to be a caring presence, offer spiritual and emotional support, and listen with openness and understanding. Patients, families and staff are encouraged to call a Chaplain when they are experiencing fear, anger, loneliness, anxiety, helplessness, or when they just need someone to talk to.
Chaplains from the Pastoral Care Department are available to support all our patients regardless of beliefs and religious affiliation. Patients do not need to be affiliated with a congregation or faith community to call a Chaplain. If you do belong to a faith community we will notify them at your request of your presence in the hospital. Your minister, priest, rabbi or other spiritual advisor may visit you or your family member at any time.
Other services provided:
An interfaith chapel is available on the first floor of the South Tower near the main elevators. It is open for prayer, meditation and silent reflection 24/7. Cards are available for leaving prayers and prayer requests.
Availability is the key in pastoral care. Like medical care, pastoral care is 24/7. The hospital's staff chaplain and the team of volunteer chaplains make daily rounds, as well as responding to codes, traumas and patient requests.
You may reach a Chaplain by calling 678-604-1054 between 8am and 4pm. At all other times you may reach a Chaplain by dialing "0" from a hospital phone and asking the operator to contact the on-call Chaplain. Or you may ask your nurse to contact a Chaplain for you.
Piedmont Henry Hospital's Chapel is open at all times for everyone. It is located on the first floor of the South Tower. Cards are located on the front table of the chapel to record a concern, prayer request, or celebration so that others may share your burdens or joys.
Prayers offered for healing and hope:
The best way for you to be in control of your medical treatment is to record your preferences in advance. You can make legally valid decisions about future medical treatment through an Advance Directive. In completing an Advance Directive, you can do two things: legally appoint someone as your Personal Agent for Health Care to make healthcare decision for you when you cannot speak for yourself and/or formally state your wishes for the medical treatments you do or do not want to receive.
The Advance Directive combines the Living Will and Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care. You may request an Advance Directive document during admission, from your nurse, by calling Pastoral Care at 678-604-1054 or Quality Management at 678-604-1056, or you may download a copy by clicking on the link below.
Download Georgia Advance Directive
If you have made your wishes known, it is our policy to honor a patient's Advance Directive or any other health care directive that meets the requirements of Georgia law.
Volunteer Chaplaincy Program
The Volunteer Chaplaincy program plays a vital role in carrying out the Pastoral Care mission. The Pastoral Care department is not sectarian but rather Chaplains are equipped to help persons use their faith, beliefs and values to promote health, wholeness and healing.
To become a Volunteer Chaplain you must submit an application, interview with the manager of the Pastoral Care department, and complete the hospital's orientation program. All applicants must consent to a criminal background check. To receive an application, click on the link below or call the Pastoral Care office at 678-604-1054.
Download the Volunteer Chaplain Application
Education for Professional Ministry Program
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs allow ministers, seminarians, and other religiously-oriented persons to develop counseling and pastoral care-giving skills, familiarity within a particular pastoral setting and self-awareness as a pastoral caregiver.
Piedmont Henry Hospital is accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy, Inc. CPSP publishes standards which detail the requirements for faculty, curriculum, educational environment and for admission into CPE programs.
A typical CPE program follows the standards set by its accrediting organization, normally requiring a minimum of 400 hours of supervised learning per unit of training. Piedmont Henry Hospital offers extended time unit which adheres to this requirement. Institutions typically require two to four units of CPE for eligibility for consideration for Staff Chaplain or equivalent professional pastoral care positions, and may, at their discretion, require more.
Each CPE student will be assigned to several areas of pastoral responsibility for clinical pastoral work.
Tuition is $400 and is paid to Piedmont Henry Hospital. Students are also responsible for any textbooks used.
Upon completion of each 400 hours of supervised learning, students receive certification of the successful completion of that unit.
To apply for the Clinical Pastoral Education program, please click on the link below. Application must be accompanied by a deposit check of $25 made payable to Piedmont Henry Hospital.
Download the Clinical Pastoral Education application