Spiritual Care

Our Mission

Chaplains of the Office of Spiritual Care offer spiritual support to patients, families, and staff. As part of the health care team, we are committed to the care of the whole person. As chaplains, we endeavor to identify the spiritual and emotional needs of all who desire our services. We provide healthy and meaningful care that connects with the person’s spirituality.
 

As members of the interdisciplinary health care team, we are here to:

  • visit patients and families
  • listen compassionately
  • offer prayer
  • help clarify questions of meaning and ethical dilemmas
  • respond to crisis and emergency situations
  • offer religious services and rituals
  • assist patients and families to contact their clergy, spiritual advisor, or community support group

The Office of Spiritual Care makes available: 

  • Bibles
  • Catholic devotional items
  • Inspirational reading materials
  • Prayer rugs
  • Qur’ans
  • Sabbath candles 
  • Sacred literature from diverse traditions
  • Yahrzeit candles

The Office of Spiritual Care offers the following educational opportunities: 

  • in-service presentations to staff members and nursing students
  • collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh Medical school; offering a one week spiritual care experience to fourth year medical school students
  • Clinical Pastoral Education and Training Program accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy  
 

Chaplaincy Staff

The members of the UPMC Presbyterian interfaith spiritual care team are:
  • Reverend Dale Anderson
  • Reverend Andrea Buettner
  • Father Dozie Egbe
  • Rabbi Larry Heimer
  • Father Theodore Mbaegbu
  • Father Francis Oranefo 
  • Father Peter Osuji
Rabbi Heimer is the manager for the spiritual care team. The chaplains see patients by visiting on units as well as by receiving referral requests from patients, family members, and staff.
Special volunteer Ministers of the Eucharist offer Communion to Catholic patients Sunday through Friday.

Scheduled Services

Catholic Mass is celebrated at 11:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, in the UPMC Montefiore Interfaith Meditation Room, 7 Main; 3 p.m. and 4 p.m., Saturdays, UPMC Montefiore Interfaith Meditation Room, 7 Main; and 11:30 a.m., Sunday, UPMC Presbyterian Interfaith Chapel, 11th Floor.
A Christian prayer meeting is held each Wednesday, 12 noon, in the UPMC Presbyterian Interfaith Chapel, 11th Floor.
An Islamic prayer service is held each Friday at 12:45 p.m., in the UPMC Presbyterian Interfaith Chapel. 

UPMC Brochures and Booklets

Local Houses of Worship (PDF)
Brochure listing places of worship for a variety of faiths in Oakland, Shadyside, and surrounding areas.
Grief and Bereavement Support Programs (PDF) 
Brochure with facts about grieving and Pittsburgh-area resources for the bereaved.
When a Loved One Dies: A Practical Guide for the Family (PDF)
Booklet with practical tips for what tasks must be done when a loved one dies.

Contact Information

For assistance, call the Spiritual Care office at 412-647-7560. If no one is available to take your call, leave a voice mail message, and a staff chaplain will respond within a short time.
 

For emergency requests, contact the hospital operator at 412-647-2345, and ask to speak with the primary chaplain.

The Spiritual Care office maintains contact with local community clergy of various faith traditions who provide supplemental spiritual services. You may also send e-mail to Rabbi Larry Heimer at heimerls@upmc.edu.

 

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