Spiritual health is an essential component of overall health. When coping with illness or disability, people draw on their spiritual resources for strength and comfort.
The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Spiritual Health Practitioner is specially trained to help people discover and make use of the spiritual health resources available to them, both within themselves and in the community.
Respecting the various ways people look at Spiritual Health, which may or may not include religion, the Spiritual Health Practitioner will visit patients to offer spiritual support, if requested by the patient, the patient's family or by staff. The Spiritual Health Practitioner also offers spiritual support to staff and their families.
See the sidebar on the right of this page for how to contact the Chaplain.
For more information on spiritual health and the spiritual care that Spiritual Health Practitioners (Hospital Chaplains) provide, visit About us
For information on how to prepare for coming into hospital, visit Hospitalization.
Spiritual Health Services at the Saanich Peninsula Hospital
The Spiritual Health Practitioner offers spiritual care to patients during office hours. If you wish, the Spiritual Health Practitioner will inform your pastor, the religious leader of your own faith, or any other counsellor of your choice, that you would like a visit from them. If you wish to receive Holy Communion or any other ceremony or rite of your faith, the Spiritual Health Practitioner will do their best to arrange this.
Worship services take place in the hospital chapel, which is located just to the left after coming in through the entrance to the Extended Care section of the hospital.
Interdenominational Christian worship services take place every Sunday at 2:30 P.M. Various area churches representing several different denominations conduct a short worship service.
Church-Hymn Sing every Thursday at 10:45 A.M. All residents are welcome to attend.
Roman Catholic Mass on the last Friday of the month at 11:00 A.M. in the Sun Room. Catholic lay pastoral visitors visit the hospital every Wednesday to bring Holy Communion, if requested.
Spiritual Care Volunteers assist the Spiritual Health Practitioner in providing spiritual care by visiting patients in their rooms. Applicants to become Spiritual Care Volunteers are screened for suitability and receive training in spiritual care visiting from the Spiritual Health Practitioner before they take up their work as registered Spiritual Care Volunteers.
If you are interested in becoming a Spiritual Care Volunteer, contact the Spiritual Health Practitioner.
Community-based Spiritual Care
To find out how to arrange for a spiritual care giver in the community to come and visit you or a family member in hospital, click on: Hospitalization
Information to assist community-based spiritual care givers in providing spiritual care to their members in health care facilities can be found by clicking on: Community Visitors .
The Spiritual Health Practitioner's position is partially funded by donations from the community. Donations to the Chaplain's Support Fund, which is administered by the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, are gratefully received and acknowledged. Donations may be sent to the following address. Please specify that the donation is for the Chaplain's Support Fund.
Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation
2166 Mt. Newton X Road
Saanichton BC V8M 2B2
Web site: http://www.sphf.ca/
Tax receipts will be issued.