At Kalispell Regional Medical Center, we recognize that addressing the spiritual aspect of our patients’ lives is an important part of the healing process. Perhaps the best reason for addressing spiritual issues is that many of our patients are religious and utilize their faith during difficult times (such as a hospitalization). Research has shown that in certain parts of the United States, more than 90 percent of medical patients indicate that religious beliefs and practices are ways they cope with and make sense of physical illness, and more than 40 percent say that religion is the most important factor that keeps them going (Koenig, 2013).
Our Spiritual Care department, therefore, is committed to providing care to patients and meeting their religious or spiritual needs while in the hospital, and is staffed by chaplains who can help patients and families deal with fears, worries, doubts, and questions that arise in times of illness or trauma.
A visit from a hospital chaplain or from your own minister or spiritual care provider can contribute to healing in many ways. Patients can request prayer, the sacraments or perhaps just a conversation with a minister to help deal with recent sickness, injury or death. You can expect a caring, attentive listener who respects your spirituality, faith, beliefs and cultural background, and one who is dedicated to understanding your feelings in time of need. Although we do not offer regular worship services, the hospital chapel is open 24/7 to offer a quiet place for reflection, prayer and meditation. The chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital, directly across from the gift shop.
Contact a Chaplain
The Spiritual Care office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and chaplains are available 24 hours a day.
To contact a chaplain, please call the Spiritual Care Office at 406-752-1776
or by dialing 0 from within the hospital and asking for the chaplain to be paged.