Mercy Medical Center is dedicated to caring not only for the physical, but also the spiritual needs of patients, family members, visitors, employees, physicians, and the community.
Mercy Medical Center's Spiritual Care staff seeks to honor and facilitate the search for meaning and integrity in the experiences of life - including sickness, hospitalization, bereavement, or death - by offering presence, compassion, listening, support, and education.
Recognizing the individual's right to self-determination, chaplains also act as patient advocates when this right is in question and will speak to staff on behalf of patients or about family concerns. Chaplains can also offer information on "advance directives" - medical power of attorney and living will documents.
Staff chaplains help support spiritual needs of patients and families
Chaplains are available to support your religious, spiritual, and emotional needs during your hospitalization. Chaplains are respectful of your concerns and your views about what gives life value and meaning. Spiritual care can be provided if you have events in your life that interfere with your healing, such as a recent loss of a loved one or major life change.
Chaplains are part of your health care team
A visit from one of our chaplains may help you cope with the stress of being in the hospital and can help relieve anxiety. The Spiritual Care department's professional chaplains are an integral part of the health care team and work in cooperation with other health care disciplines to offer holistic care to patients and families. Chaplains participate in Mercy's Touch, Love, and Compassion (TLC) program which offers other "healing experiences" such as massage or relaxing guided imagery. Chaplains attend patient care conferences to contribute to staff understanding of the spiritual needs of a patient or ethical implications of care plans.
Chaplains can provide spiritual resources
Chaplains honor your personal, spiritual or philosophical beliefs through prayer, blessing, or affirmation of closely held values. At your request, chaplains can contact your minister, priest, rabbi, or spiritual leader to also support you.
Other Spiritual Care resources include:
• Catholic Mass in the Mercy Chapel Wednesdays at noon
• Sunday interdenominational prayer services from 9:30-9:45 a.m. in the Mercy Chapel
• Seasonal/special occasion services (announced in advance)
• Communion offered by Eucharistic ministers
• Sacraments of Reconciliation and Anointing of the Sick (the hospital chaplain will request these rituals by an available Catholic priest)
• Rosaries available from chaplains
• Prayer request journal (chaplains pray daily for your concerns)
• Printed prayers available in the Mercy Chapel
• Helpful CareNotes booklets that discuss a variety of subjects relating to illness, hospitalization, bereavement and life transitions
The Spiritual Care Department is located next to the chapel just inside the entrance of the front lobby.
Chaplains are on duty 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, and are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To reach the chaplain on call, please dial (970) 764-2340, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or press "0" if you are dialing within the hospital.
Diana McKenna, Chaplain/Director of Mission and Spiritual Care: (970) 764-2344
Ken Downey: (970) 764-2341
Stephanie Dial: (970) 764-2342
Joanne Armstrong: (970) 764-2343
Labyrinth Meditation Garden
Located on the west side of Mercy Regional Medical Center is the Labyrinth Meditation Garden. The labyrinth supports health and well-being by addressing the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. Walking the path through the labyrinth relaxes the body, encourages the mind to release anxious thoughts, and supports the inner journey to health and wellness. Some people use the labyrinth and garden area for a place to pray, meditate, or reflect.
"Walking a labyrinth has something to offer everybody. If a creative work project is challenging you, walking can get your creative juices flowing. When you are struggling with grief or anger or a physical challenge or illness, walking the labyrinth can point the way to healing and wholeness. If you want a way to meditate or pray that engages your body as well as your soul, the labyrinth can be such a way. When you just want reflective time away from a busy life, the labyrinth can offer you time out."
-Melissa Gayle West, Exploring the Labyrinth
The labyrinth is open to the public year-round during daylight hours. To find the labyrinth garden, exit via the Garden Café, pass along the waterfall until you reach the end of the sidewalk, turn right and continue around the southwest corner of the building until you reach the arch entrance. You may choose to walk the labyrinth in solitude or with a docent. If you would like to make an appointment to walk the labyrinth with a docent or receive further information about the labyrinth, call the Spiritual Care Department at 970-764-2340. Labyrinth gift items are available for purchase in the Mercy gift shop. A guide to walking a labyrinth is available at the entrance to the Labyrinth and in the Mercy Chapel. We request that all visitors to this area respect its quiet and sacred nature. Please refrain from activities such as talking, eating, drinking, or smoking in the labyrinth mediation garden.
Donations for labyrinth activities may be made through the Mercy Health Foundation. Please designate "for labyrinth activities" on your check.