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Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Spiritual care

Our mission

To reach the
Spiritual Care office,
call 612-863-4370.

Rooted in theological integrity and sacred traditions, we minister to the human condition to foster individual and corporate healing, meaning and hope.

Spiritual care is an important part of the healing environment at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Chaplains, Catholic Priests, and a Jewish liaison are part of the health care team. Spiritual care staff are available to all patients and their loved ones.

Our scope of practice

  • Quality spiritual care: Responding to the deepest healing needs of patients and their loved ones through spiritual assessment, care and counseling in collaboration with health care staff.
  • Clinical education for ministry: Developing competent, spiritually and ethically sensitive professionals in ministry, through the clinical education program.
  • Leadership in ethics: Promoting values of a just and compassionate society with the hospital, health system and broader community.

How to reach a chaplain

Chaplains provide spiritual care on all patient care units. They are in the hospital on weekdays and on-call at all times. Urgent requests should be directed to a nurse who will contact the on-call chaplain. To request a chaplain visit, please call (612) 863-4370

Also part of the Spiritual Care staff:

  • Catholic priest: Available for urgent requests by contacting the Spiritual Care Department at 612-863-4370. Catholic communion volunteers provide communion to catholic patients on Thursdays and Sundays.
  • Jewish Rabbi: Available by contacting the Spiritual Care Department.

Spiritual care staff

To reach the
Spiritual Care office,
call 612-863-4370.

 Rev. Dr. Verlyn Hemmen
 Rev. Paula Bidle
 Rev. Ken Burg
 Rev. Denise Dunbar-Perkins
 Rev. Kimberly Goodman
Rev. Mark Mallinger
 Matthew Verkuilen

Spiritual care services

Chaplains are available to patients and their loved ones for support, comfort, guidance and advocacy. They respect all religious or spiritual preferences and collaborate with hospital staff to give patients the best care possible including:

  • attending to the spiritual and emotional well-being of patients and their loved ones
  • listening and assisting in making meaning of their health care experience
  • providing spiritual guidance, devotions, rituals and sacraments
  • offering compassion and counseling in the midst of injury, illness and frightening life changes
  • contacting places of worship and clergy or other spiritual leaders
  • consulting on ethical issues and health care decisions
  • providing spiritual and emotional support for hospital staff.

Spiritual care resources

To reach the
Spiritual Care office,
call 612-863-4370.

The Ewe Memorial Chapel: The interfaith chapel is always open for prayer and meditation.  It is located on the first floor of the hospital near the main lobby. Prayer request cards are available and read each day.

The following are also available in the Chapel:

  • Meditation Service, 12:00 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.,
  • Catholic mass, 11:30 a.m. Thursdays

Televised services: The Catholic mass is televised on Channel 3 and available for viewing in patient rooms.

Devotional resources: Sabbath and Hanukkah candles, prayer books, Bibles, the Qur’an, Buddhist and Native American materials are available in the chapel and other resources on request. To request these items, contact the Spiritual Care office at 612-863-4370.

Arrangements can also be made through this office for special services in the chapel or in patient rooms.