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St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport CT

Spiritual Care For Our Patients & Their Families

St. Vincent's Medical Center

For more information, please call 203-576-5110.

At St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport CT, staff members of the Pastoral Care Department provide an important dimension of total patient care. St. Vincent’s believes in serving the total health needs of all patients and their families.

Because of this belief, our Chaplains stand ready to provide spiritual care and comfort to you and your loved ones, just as our physicians and nurses care for your physical health. We want to assist you and the members of your family in whatever way possible to make your stay here a time of physical and spiritual well-being.

Ministers of all faiths and denominations are most welcome to visit and counsel patients who belong to their church, synagogue or mosque. During the preadmission process, if you indicated, a member of your church, synagogue or mosque has been contacted for you. A member of our staff will be happy to assist you at any time in contacting your clergy. Please note that representatives from the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW) Hospital Liaison Committee are available to discuss with the Witness those alternatives from a Scriptural point of view (Phone # 203-387-4374).

The Medical Center Chapel is located just off of the Main Lobby area. It is open 24 hours/day to all patients and visitors for prayer, meditation and scheduled religious services. The Chapel’s services are also accessible to our patients from their rooms on Channel 54 of the closed circuit television.

The Pastoral Care office is located just outside the Chapel. The office is open Monday-Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. After normal office hours should you have a need to speak with a Chaplain, you can dial the hospital operator or ask a nurse to contact the On-Call Chaplain.

Chaplain visits to patients and families

When to call a Chaplain:

  • When you feel scared about being in the hospital
  • When you want to receive the Sacraments
  • When someone close to you has died
  • When you feel discouraged
  • When you are asking God, “Why?”
  • When your family is upset
  • When you are facing a difficult decision
  • When you have heard some bad news
  • When you’re having surgery or a medical procedure
  • When you need help contacting your clergy
  • When you are worried about a friend

     

Important things to know:

  • A Parish, Church or Synagogue can be contacted upon patient request 
  • Morning and Evening Prayer is heard overhead at 8 am and 8 pm. 
  • Daily Mass is celebrated weekdays at 12:00 pm, 3:45 pm on Saturday and 7:30 am on Sundays in the Virginia O’Brien Fortin Chapel located on the Main Level of the Medical Center. Patients may view the daily Mass from the room TV on Channel 54.
  • Sacramental Ministry - Holy Communion distributed daily to patient rooms
  • Anointing of the Sick is available upon request
  • Sabbath Candles are available at the request of Jewish patients and brought to the room on Friday evening and should be returned to Pastoral Care on Sunday morning.
  • Various Holy Days and Religious observances are celebrated throughout the year.
  • Spiritual Literature is available outside the chapel for patients and families. 
  • Soothing Music is available in chapel and available for hospice rooms.

For more information, please call 203-576-5110.

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