Spiritual Care at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore

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Our Mission and Support Services

Chaplains of the Office of Spiritual Care offer support to patients, families, and staff.

As part of the health care team, we're committed to the care of the whole person. As chaplains, we aim to identify the spiritual and emotional needs of all who desire our services.

We provide healthy and meaningful care that connects with each person’s spirituality.

Our spiritual support services

  • 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 own clergy, spiritual advisor, or community support group.


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

Educational opportunities

  • In-service presentations to staff members and nursing students.
  • One-week spiritual care experience to fourth year medical students at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School.
  • Clinical Pastoral Education and Training Program, accredited by the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy.

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Scheduled Religious Services at UPMC Presbyterian and UPMC Montefiore

​Service ​Hours ​Location
Catholic Mass

​Monday–Friday: 11:30 a.m.

Saturday: 4 p.m.

​UPMC Montefiore Rogal Interfaith Meditation Room, 7 Main

UPMC Montefiore Interfaith Chapel, Rogal Interfaith Meditation Room, 7 Main

​Sunday Catholic Mass ​Sunday: 11:30 a.m. ​UPMC Presbyterian Interfaith Chapel, 11th Floor
​Christian Prayer Meeting ​Wednesday: noon ​UPMC Presbyterian Interfaith Chapel, 11th Floor
​Islamic Prayer Service ​Friday: 1 p.m. ​UPMC Presbyterian Interfaith Chapel, 11th Floor

Jewish Observances: Sabbath, holiday, and kosher food requests
Contact: 412-648-6227

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Chaplaincy Staff and Contact Information

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.

Contact information

  • Spiritual Care office: 412-647-7560.
  • Email Rabbi Larry Heimer
  • Emergency requests: call the hospital operator at 412-647-2345, and ask to speak with the primary chaplain.

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"No One Dies Alone"

The human presence in the patient’s final hours will be provided by specially trained volunteers called “Compassionate Companions.” These volunteers will serve at the patient’s bedside reading, praying, or just providing a compassionate presence.

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