Whether you are a patient or have a loved one at Alton Memorial Hospital, spiritual care services provides a calming presence during the healing process. Our chaplain, working as part of the care team with physicians, nurses and other caregivers, offers guidance during crises; when dealing with critical decisions regarding patient care; when developing a care plan; or, just to provide emotional and spiritual support.
Our chaplain will visit with you during your hospital stay when possible. If you would like to have your religious/spiritual leader visit you while at Alton Memorial Hospital, we encourage you to let him know about your hospitalization.
When Spiritual Care May Be Needed
Spiritual care provides comfort for patients, their families, hospital staff and volunteers:
- When a patient/family is coping with a difficult diagnosis
- When a patient/family is facing surgery
- When a patient/family is fearful, anxious or depressed
- When a patient or family is having difficulty dealing with a prolonged illness or deterioration of a patient’s condition
- When a patient faces death or end-of-life decision-making is needed
- When a patient is seeking the presence of God in their healthcare situation
- When hospital staff needs spiritual guidance
- When a patient/family is faced with a moral/ethical dilemma
To learn more information about our Spiritual Care Services call us at 618.463.7491.
Spiritual care services can also help patients with an advance directive, which is a legal document directing your medical decisions when you are unable. There are various types of advance directive forms on the Illinois Department of Public Health website (http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/books/advin.htm). Our chaplain is available to help you complete these forms if needed.
The Beck Chapel, a place for quiet reflection, prayer and refuge for patients, families and staff, is located on the ground floor by the cafeteria.
Meet our chaplain:
The Rev. Dr. Bruce Baumberger is board-certified by the Association of Professional Chaplains and is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He has served in churches in the Illinois Great Rivers Conference and is now appointed to serve as an extension minister to Alton Memorial Hospital.
Grief, Loss, Change Support Group
6-7:30 p.m., the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month
Third-floor Education Department
Alton Memorial Hospital
If you are experiencing grief, loss or change of any kind, Alton Memorial Hospital invites you to attend the Grief, Loss, Change Support Group. Here you will find a safe and holistic approach to wellness. Facing grief can be overwhelming and lead to deep sadness and anger, but these feelings are also the first step on the road to healing.
We encourage you to bring a relative or friend to the first few meetings until you are comfortable with the group. Facilitators for this group include a Stephen Minister, certified bereavement facilitators and education professionals. Most meetings include an educational component.
For more information, call 618.463.7501.