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To reach a chaplain during or after hours, please call the hospital operator at and ask to have the on-call chaplain paged.

Wolfson Children's Hospital attends to the needs of sick children - from their body and mind to their spirit. At a minimum, coming to the hospital disrupts regular routines. Patients and families often experience some anxiety and fear. Pastoral Care Services offers support to patients and their families through the care of a clinically trained chaplain any time of the day or night for matters of faith or counseling. Requests for Pastoral Care Services can be made to a nurse, through the GetWell Network, or by using a house phone to call the hospital operator.

Our Children's Chapel is a dedicated and very special space on the 4th floor of the Children's Hospital. From the hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., the chapel is open and available for any who care to come for reflection, browse the small library, or offer prayer. There are weekly programs and resources for children and teens, such as books and music. Each Wednesday at 3 p.m., a chapel service is held featuring our Godly Play curriculum. Our religious educator, Nancy Grogan, tells a story, allows for moments of "wondering" about the story, and then invites the children to express themselves through arts and crafts. Those children who want to attend should notify their nurse. Chaplains will be available to provide an escort to the chapel.

The Pastoral Care staff is prepared to address religious needs of many faiths and has contacts to various faith communities in the area. The chaplains are honored to help children and families with the spiritual questions and the range of emotions surrounding medical procedures, as well as chronic and potentially life-ending illness. Our staff is available to be with parents and their children through any difficult time, catching tears and listening through eyes of faith.

Wolfson Children's Hospital's Tear Catchers Bereavement Program provides additional support to families upon the death or impending death of an infant, child, or teenager.

In connection with Baptist Health, Wolfson Children's Hospital offers Clinical Pastoral Education training for theological students, parish clergy, graduate degree candidates, and selected lay persons.

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