The Department of Spiritual Care, Counseling & Mission at St. Mary's recognizes the inherent dignity and worth of each person as we offer emotional support and spiritual aid, comfort and encouragement to patients, families of patients and hospital staff.
The Department of Spiritual Care, Counseling & Mission is accredited by The Commission on Accreditation of Pastoral Services (CCAPS). The accreditation recognizes St. Mary’s commitment to maintaining the highest standard and quality of spiritual care and services for patients, families and staff. St. Mary’s is one of only 35 healthcare facilities in the country to earn this distinction.
A Catholic priest is available to administer the Sacraments of Reconciliation (Penance) and the Anointing of the Sick to members of the Roman Catholic faith as needed by patients, families and staff.
Two chapels are available within the medical center for quiet solitude or prayer. The Chapel of the Risen Christ is located on the second floor and can be accessed by taking the main lobby elevator. It is always open and people of all faiths are welcome.
The Convent Chapel is located on the first floor of the original East building. Eucharistic Liturgy (Mass) is offered daily and is televised within the hospital on Channel 2.
Chaplains visit with patients and visitors throughout the medical center on a regular basis. You can request a chaplain visit through any staff member at any time.
Volunteers distribute Communion to Catholic patients daily. Protestant sacraments and rituals are also available upon request.
The Spiritual Care Department is enhanced by local clergy who volunteer their time between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. to provide pastoral care and support to staff, patients and families. The minister on call will answer pagers and phones for emergency and pastoral care issues.
Morning and evening prayer is said each day over the medical center’s intercom system. The morning prayer can also be accessed through the phone by dialing extension 1800. Relaxation music and scenic videos can be viewed in patients’ rooms on Channel 42.
The Transitions Grief Support Group meets twice a month to provide adults who have suffered the loss of a loved one with a healthy understanding of the grief process and the support of others going through the same difficult period.
No One Dies Alone (NODA) is an in-house volunteer program that offers the gift of presence, comfort, music, reading of poems and scripture, etc. to those approaching the end of life and have no family or support present for them.
For more information about the services listed above, call Spiritual Care at (304) 526-1188.
St. Mary's Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Center is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE). The center provides Level I and Level II training in CPE.
Clinical pastoral education is built upon adult- and student-centered process learning. Students focus their ministerial education by working with their supervisor and peers in articulating learning goals for each CPE unit. Mid-term and final evaluations, along with other written assignments, allow each student to track his or her progress in realizing their goals.
Applications to the CPE program at St. Mary’s must be submitted on a standard ACPE form, which is available by clicking here. You should answer all questions fully. As these responses provide the basis and content for candidates’ interviews, other forms of application cannot be considered sufficient to proceed to an interview.
St. Mary’s CPE program offers supervised clinical learning in both inpatient and outpatient settings, individualized mentoring by the staff chaplains and opportunities for working as members of interdisciplinary teams. Specialties include cardiology, oncology, ER/trauma, neurology, neurosurgery, behavioral health and general medicine.
St. Mary’s Spiritual Care staff and student chaplains serve the diverse needs of patients, families and staff with an interfaith approach. Chaplain interns and residents learn ministerial skills to assist patients and families to draw upon their own spiritual resources for healing and wholeness. At St. Mary’s, chaplains address what we assess as “spiritual pains.” Whether a patient or family member is in the midst of a sudden crisis or an ongoing chronic struggle, our chaplains are available to address:
Specific sacramental or denominational needs:
St. Mary’s CPE program was initially accredited in 2009 as a satellite of West Virginia University Hospitals in Morgantown, West Virginia. The ACPE Accreditation Commission recommended that Accredited Membership be granted to St. Mary’s CPE program to offer Level I and Level II CPE programs on December 4, 2010.
St. Mary’s CPE program operates under the auspices of the Department of Spiritual Care, Counseling and Mission. The CPE supervisor reports to the director of the department.
For more information about Clinical Pastoral Education, call (304) 399-7465 or email Vivian.Smith-Fountain@st-marys.org