Department of Spiritual Care

Inclusive ~ Interfaith ~ Integrated

If you would like to speak to one of us, please have the nurse contact us or you may call us and leave a message at:

  • Phone: 315 464-4687 (Ext. 4-4687 on a hospital phone)
    For emergencies, call the operator.
  • Email: chaplain@upstate.edu

Our Mission Statement

  • The Department of Spiritual Care of Upstate Medical University is a clinically excellent service offering inclusive hospitality and providing hope.
  • We are understood and sought out as essential and valued members of the interdisciplinary patient and family-centered team.
  • We are committed to maintain a balance among mind, body and spirit.
  • Our teamwork inspires creativity in times of change and growth.
  • We take initiative for ongoing education to enhance clinical excellence and professional competence.
  • The Center is more than a place. It is the spiritual energy that transforms.
(created at the annual Spiritual Care staff retreat January 14, 2005)

What is Spiritual Care?

Spirituality is recognized as a factor that contributes to health in many persons. The concept of spirituality is found in all cultures and societies. It is expressed in an individual's search for ultimate meaning through participation in religion and/or belief in God, family, naturalism, rationalism, humanism and the arts. All these factors can influence how patients and health care professionals perceive health and illness and how they interact with one another.

(The Association of American Medical Colleges Medical School Objectives Report III, 1999.

Clergy Day
Friday, September 5th, 2014
BOOKS
Open the Eyes of My Heart by Walt Wasilewski with Imani Shabazz

Open the Eyes of My Heart by Walt Wasilewski with Imani Shabazz
This book tells the stories of spiritual care volunteers serving at Upstate University Hospital. Contributions are gratefully accepted so that we can continue to distribute this booklet free of charge.

HealthLink on Air Radio Show

Compassionate Rounds for Healthcare Providers

Rev. Virginia Lawson, PhD,
talks about a new program coming to Upstate called the Schwartz Compassionate Rounds External link, designed to promote the importance of healthcarte professionals listening to one another to enhance patient care.

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