CentraState's on-site chaplain is available to patients and their families as well as staff members for spiritual support. When requested, the chaplain can provide spiritual guidance and comfort through prayer, counsel, and discussion about concerns such as medical decisions and other personal and/or faith issues. These visits are arranged only by request.
To provide for religious needs, Eucharistic ministers bring Communion to Catholic patients (on-call priests are available for the sacraments). Jewish patients are visited by members of several local synagogues, as well as having the ability of the rabbi from the Jewish Federation, who is on call. He also visits patients and families on occasion. In addition, interfaith volunteers and summer seminary students visit patients and families as they make rounds through hospital units.
Our chaplain and director of Pastoral Care, the Rev. Lisa Lancaster, BCCC, is board certified through the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapist. She is also a certified spiritual director, and a field education supervisor for Princeton Theological Seminary. Field education students learn about spiritual formation practices to help them discern how God is at work in the lives, which in turn can help them to aid patients and families with the same question.
To inquire about Pastoral Care, or about a summer internship if you are a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, call the Pastoral Care office at (732) 294-2744.