Spiritual Care at Palomar Health

Do you need the services of a chaplain or priest to say a prayer with you or perform last rites?

Palomar Health provides spiritual care to its patients, families and staff in a manner that includes, but is not limited to: race, culture, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, language, disability or immigration status.

Palomar Health also recognizes that its patients are whole persons – body, mind and spirit.  As such, spiritual care may be defined as the art of communicating divine love and concern for the patient and can be described the ministry of presence – the visible presence of an invisible grace. 

The Spiritual Care Department serves the patient experience by:

•    Supporting patients and families in the use of personal resources and faith.
•    Maintaining appropriate confidentiality with a patient’s medical and spiritual information.
•    Assisting patients and families with appropriate resources and services.
•    Engaging in patient and family care through reflective listening. 
•    Offering comfort in times of grief and crisis. 
•    Counseling patients and families during religious or spiritual dilemmas. 
•    Contacting an appropriate priest, clergy, imam, rabbi or other spiritual leader.

The Spiritual Care Department visits patients, families, and staff as a result of:

•    Direct calls from patients or family members.
•    Requests from nurses, social workers, doctors, or other members of the health care team.
•    Patient intake and social work assessment data.

Each hospital in the Palomar Health system has an inter-faith chapel that is designed for personal prayer and meditation.

Please as a member of the health-care team to contact Spiritual Care Services for additional assistance.  After-hours emergency support is also available.

Palomar Medical Center Escondido: 442.281.5000
Palomar Medical Center Poway/The Villas at Poway: 858.613.4848