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Spiritual Care

Last Updated Friday, February 01, 2013 1:13:11 PM


Spiritual Care volunteers assist the hospital's professional chaplain by making assigned rounds to patients, families and staff. The volunteer becomes an additional referral source to alert the chaplain of follow-up needs a patient or family may have. The goal is to create an environment where spiritual, emotional and physical healing can occur.

The Volunteer …

  • Offers empathetic listening and supportive presence
  • Offers prayer and/or appropriate readings only when mutually agreed upon by the patient and/or family
  • Notifies the patient's faith community if the patient so desires and grants permission
  • Documents observations made and any actions taken, or follow-up needs on cards filed in the Spiritual Care office
  • Communicates to the chaplain any pertinent observations

The Volunteer does not …

  • Give advice or proselytize
  • Attempt to "fix" the patient's problems
  • Become involved in the patient's physical care
  • Become involved in legal or ethical issues or promote his/her own religious beliefs
  • Share his/her own personal problems, emotional needs, or health experiences

The process to become a volunteer includes …

  • Completing a Spiritual Care volunteer application
  • Interview with the chaplain
  • Health screening
  • Satisfactory completion of a background check
  • Orientation including 8 classroom hours and 8 hours of practicum
  • Being a member of a faith community
  • Making a 6-month commitment of consistent service
  • Being at least 21 years of age

For more information or to apply please call 650-988-7568.

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Spirtual Care Services Locations

Spiritual care services are available at both our locations in Mountain View and Los Gatos. The Spiritual Care offices are located at:

El Camino Hospital Mountain View
2500 Grant Road
Office 1A15
Mountain View, CA 94040
Phone: 650-988-7568

El Camino Hospital Los Gatos
815 Pollard Road
Los Gatos, CA 95032
408-866-3860

Spiritual Care
Volunteers Wanted

El Camino Hospital is currently recruiting volunteers for spiritual care and for the Care Companion service. If you are interested, please call 650-988-7568 for assistance.