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Chaplains support and attend to the diverse spiritual needs, practices and expressions of each individual. Through spiritual care, patients, families and staff are able to connect mind, body and spirit in the healing process.

A chaplain can help you and your family identify the sources of your fears and find strength through your faith, other meaningful value systems or spiritual resources from the community.

Pastoral care services are available at each Lehigh Valley Health Network hospital: Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono, Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street.

Our chaplains are available to serve you through:

  • Visiting and prayer
  • Encouragement and comfort
  • Discussing concerns about procedures or decisions
  • Discussing with you the meaning and effects of advance directives
  • Offering communion, baptism and anointing of the sick
  • Regularly scheduled worship services
  • The No One Dies Alone program

Chapels and spiritual services

We offer a quiet place to meditate or pray at each of our hospitals. Chapels also may be used for worship services or small group gatherings. You may add people to the prayer list kept in the prayer book at each chapel.

Pastoral care at our hospitals

Each hospital location provides pastoral care to help you and your family during times of hospitalization at a Lehigh Valley Health Network hospital location.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest

If you would like to speak with a chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, please call the paging operator at 610-402-8999 and ask for the chaplain on call. You also can ask your nurse to page a pastoral care representative.

Chapels and meditation rooms at LVH–Cedar Crest

  • LVH–Cedar Crest, chapel, first floor
  • Cancer Center at LVH–Cedar Crest, meditation room, first floor

Worship services at LVH–Cedar Crest

  • Catholic masses take place in the chapel at LVH–Cedar Crest at:
    • 11:30 p.m. Saturday
    • 1:30 p.m. Sunday
    • 3:30 p.m. Wednesday
    •  Holy days: schedule posted at chapel
  • Muslim prayers daily at 1 p.m.
  • Services for spiritual renewal, special occasions and memorial services are available upon request.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg

If you would like to speak with a chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Muhlenberg, please call the paging operator at 610-402-8999 and ask for the chaplain on call. You also can ask your nurse to page us.

Chapel and meditation rooms at LVH–Muhlenberg:

  • First floor: Banko Gallo Racz Memorial Chapel
  • South tower, third floor: Meditation room

Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street

If you would like to speak with a chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–17th Street, please call the paging operator at 610-402-8999 and ask for the chaplain on call. If easier, you also can ask your nurse to page us.

Meditation room at LVH–17th Street

  • The LVH–17th Street meditation room is located directly across from the blue elevators on the third floor.

Worship services at LVH–17th Street

  • Nondenominational memorial services take place on the third Monday every other month. Family members and caregivers of patients are welcome to attend this service.
  • Services for spiritual renewal and special occasions are available upon request.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton

If you would like to speak with a chaplain Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton, please call 570-501-4000 and ask for the chaplain on call. You also can ask your nurse to page us.

Chapel and meditation room at LVH–Hazleton

  • LVH–Hazleton, reflection room, first floor

Worship services at LVH–Hazleton

There are no religious services at LVH–Hazleton. Holy Communion is dispensed to Catholic patients on Sundays. Contact the nurse on your unit if you would like to receive Holy Communion.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Pocono

If you would like to speak to a chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Pocono, a chaplain can be reached at extension 3329. Also, tell your nurse that you wish to speak with a chaplain and the chaplain will be contacted. To reach our Director of Pastoral Care, please call 570-476-3329.
 
Chapel locations at LVH–Pocono

  • LVH–Pocono Chapel, first floor

Our peaceful Chapel, a gift from the Monroe County Clergy Association, is open at all times to patients, visitors and hospital staff. You are welcome to use the interfaith sanctuary for prayer or meditation. It is located on the first floor of LVH–Pocono.

Our chaplains invite you to write prayer requests on paper and leave them in the basket on the desk, which is to your right when facing the altar. They are kept in confidence and are included in the prayers of our chaplains.

Worship services at LVH–Pocono
There are no religious services at LVH–Pocono. Holy Communion is dispensed to Catholic patients by volunteers or visiting clergy. Contact the nurse on your unit if you would like to receive Holy Communion.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street

If you would like to speak with a chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street, please call 570-621-4218 and ask for the chaplain on call. You also can ask your nurse to page us.

Chapel at LVH–Schuylkill E. Norwegian Street:

  • First floor, near Seton Gardens Dining Room: Interfaith Chapel

The chapel is open to all patients, visitors and staff members 24 hours a day. To talk with a member of our Spiritual Care team and/or to arrange for a Eucharistic minister, please talk with our nursing staff or call 570-621-4218.

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street

If you would like to speak with a chaplain at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street, please call 570-621-5849 and ask for the chaplain on call. You also can ask your nurse to page us.

Chapel at LVH–Schuylkill S. Jackson Street:

  • First floor, off of main lobby: The Reverend Philip Bendle Interfaith Chapel

The chapel is open to all patients, visitors and staff members 24 hours a day. To talk with a member of our Spiritual Care Team and/or to arrange for a Eucharistic Minister, please talk with our nursing staff or call 570-621-5849.

No One Dies Alone Program

If you are unable to visit your terminally ill loved one, our volunteers will ensure he or she is not alone at the end of life.

No one is born alone, and it’s our hope that no one dies alone. If your loved one is at one of our sites and nearing the end of life, he or she will not be alone. If you cannot be there because you live out of the area or are unable to physically get to the hospital for some reason, you can be comforted knowing our No One Dies Alone volunteers will be there.

We realize there may be times when you are unable to be at the hospital with your loved one, or you and your family members might need respite and time for yourselves. We will do our best to honor requests to sit with your loved one until you can return to the hospital. Volunteers are available at LVH-Cedar Crest, LVH-17th Street and LVH-Muhlenberg.

Under the direction of Pastoral Care and the Volunteer Office, our volunteers are specially educated in the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of dying. If you have any questions about the No One Dies Alone program, please call 888-402-LVHN.