Spiritual Care and Chaplains

Chapel at Skagit Valley Hospital in Mount Vernon, WA

Pastoral Care/Chaplains
The Spiritual Care Department at Skagit Valley Hospital provides emotional and spiritual support for patients, families and staff. The hospital chaplain responds to requests for care from patients and families, makes contact with local faith communities according to patient wishes, and supports patients and families during times of great stress or bereavement. Several spiritual care volunteers aid in caring for patients of particular faith communities. In addition, a volunteer team of local clergy and lay leaders makes spiritual support available for evening, overnight and weekend emergencies - making spiritual care services available 24 hours/day. 

Anyone can make a referral for spiritual care or services. The chaplain may provide additional support especially in the following situations: New diagnosis, end-of-life decisions and care, fetal demise, special religious concerns that affect medical treatment, and additional care for patients who are far from home or without support systems.

Our new chapel at Skagit Valley Hospital is located off the main lobby and features stained glass by Camano Island artist, Jack Archibald. This space is a sanctuary for an array of needs. It provides a place of solitude for those who need a brief quiet moment, as well as a place for those who are dealing with unexpected tragedy to come together. The chapel is available to anyone who wishes to use the space.

Resources from a variety of faith traditions to help support patients are available in the chapel and also on each hospital unit.

The hospital chaplain can be reached at 360-814-2173, pager 360-428-5488 or gcohan@skagitvalleyhospital.org.