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, over 90% of medical patients indicate that religious beliefs and practices are ways they cope with and make sense of physical illness, and over 40% say that religion is the most important factor that keeps them going (Koenig, 2013). Our Spiritual Care department, therefore, is committed to trying to help our patients meet their religious or spiritual needs while in the hospital, and is staffed by a full-time Chaplain and numerous on-call volunteer 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 directly across from the gift shop.
Our full-time staff Chaplain is an ordained minister and a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains. He is also a military veteran and has completed training specific to hospital chaplaincy. With many years of experience in the medical environment, our staff chaplain is a trained member of the treatment team and is able to help meet your spiritual care needs. Patients and family members can request a visit from a chaplain at any time during their stay in the hospital.
The Spiritual Care office is open Monday-Friday, 8:00am – 4:30pm, but chaplains are available 24 hours/day. Therefore, to contact a chaplain, please ask a staff member to order a “Chaplain Consult,” or you can call the Spiritual Care Department directly at (406) 752-1776 or dial “0” from within the hospital and ask the Communication Center to page the chaplain.
If you would like more information about a faith group or a church in our area, please click here: KRMC Area Faith Group and Provider List.
Attached are two separate articles from the Association of Professional Chaplains dealing with the positive impact faith and spirituality has on our medical and mental health: “Spiritual Struggle and Impact on Health Outcomes,” and “Religion and Health.”