Contact us
To request a chaplain visit, Catholic priest or Jewish Rabbi, call 612-863-4370.

Chaplains 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.

Catholic communion volunteers provide communion to catholic patients on Thursdays and Sundays.
Spiritual Care at Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Spiritual care

Our mission

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 are available to patients and their loved ones for support, comfort, guidance and advocacy. An interfaith chapel,near the main hospital east lobby, is a place for people of all faiths to meditate and pray.

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.

Services

Chaplains 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 staff

Rev. Paula Bidle, M.Div

Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains

Staff Chaplain, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Email Chaplain Bidle
612-863-3423

Paula Bidle's lead responsibility at Abbott Northwestern is as chaplain with Neuro/Medical-Surgical Intensive Care.  She grew up in Ohio, and received a BA in Latin American Area Studies from the College of Wooster.  She completed the M.Div. at Chicago Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1986 in the United Church of Christ.  She served as a parish pastor on the northwest side of Chicago, director of the interfaith Chicago Sanctuary Movement and missionary in Chiapas, Mexico prior to moving to Minnesota.  She and her husband George are the proud parents of two sons in their mid-twenties.
Rev. Paula Bidle, M.Div

Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains

Staff Chaplain, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Email Chaplain Bidle
612-863-3423

Paula Bidle's lead responsibility at Abbott Northwestern is as chaplain with Neuro/Medical-Surgical Intensive Care.  She grew up in Ohio, and received a BA in Latin American Area Studies from the College of Wooster.  She completed the M.Div. at Chicago Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1986 in the United Church of Christ.  She served as a parish pastor on the northwest side of Chicago, director of the interfaith Chicago Sanctuary Movement and missionary in Chiapas, Mexico prior to moving to Minnesota.  She and her husband George are the proud parents of two sons in their mid-twenties.
Rev. Nancy L. Brown

Staff Chaplain, Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Email Chaplain Brown
612-863-4878

Nancy Brown provides spiritual care to oncology patients and their families, and the staff who serve them. She is an ordained minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, earning her M.Div. degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She served three congregations over 28 years as a parish pastor.
Rev. Ken Burg, M.Div

Staff Chaplain, Abbott Northwestern Hospital (Advanced Heart Failure Team)

Email Chaplain Burg
612-863-0323
Rev. Kimberly Goodman, M.Div

Board Certified Chaplain, Association of Professional Chaplains

Staff Chaplain, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
CPE Supervisor
Allina Health Clinical Pastoral Education

Email Chaplain Goodman 
612-863-4881

Kim is a CPE Supervisor, CPE Program Coordinator, and Staff Chaplain at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis. She has her B.A. from Concordia College, Moorhead and M.Div. from Luther Seminary in St. Paul. She did congregational internship in an Anglican church in the suburbs of London, England, and completed CPE residency at Abbott Northwestern. Kim is ordained in the Presbyterian Church, (U.S.A.) and is active in the Presbytery of the Twin Cities Area. For the past eight years she has served as a staff chaplain at United Hospital with a focus on oncology, hospice and mental health. Kim lives in south Minneapolis with her husband and two children where she is active in neighborhood revitalization, house restoration, and community livability.
Rev. Mark Mallinger, M.Div.

Staff Chaplain, Abbott Northwestern Hospital
CPE Supervisor
Allina Health Clinical Pastoral Education

Email Chaplain Mallinger
612-863-4916

Mark is a chaplain and CPE supervisor serving Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, MN. His undergraduate degree is in religious studies/youth ministry from The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth MN, and he has a Master of Divinity degree from Chicago Theological Seminary. Mark did his CPE residency at The University of Chicago Medical Center and his supervisory training with Advocate Health Care in Chicago. He served at various hospital and hospice venues in Chicago before moving to the Twin Cities. Mark is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and began his ministry at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in the fall of 2010.