Welcome to the Pastoral Care Department
The Pastoral Care Department at Pocono Medical Center is committed to serving the spiritual needs of all our patients, their families, and our PMC staff. Your dignity and privacy are of the utmost importance to us. You can be assured that your individual values and beliefs will be respected.
The Role of a Chaplain
The Department of Pastoral Care consists of chaplains from various faith groups. Without imposing personal beliefs or practices, our chaplains will attend to your spiritual needs, whether or not you are associated with a specific tradition or denomination. Chaplains are caring listeners who have been trained to help with the special needs of hospital patients and those of patients' family members. We work with the healthcare team so that both your spiritual and medical needs can be met.
Director of Pastoral Care: Rev. Dr. Sherrie L. Sneed, Board Certified APC
When to Ask for a Chaplain
- When you are anxious about your condition
- When you are anticipating surgery
- When you receive a bad prognosis
- When you are facing difficult decisions
- When you have questions of a religious or spiritual nature
- When you want someone to offer prayer
- When you wish to receive a sacrament
- When you are struggling with the meaning of your illness
- When you are feeling overwhelmed by a number of life issues in addition to your illness
- When you are grieving a loss
- When you are struggling with your feelings
- When you are feeling alone
How to Request a Chaplain While In the Hospital
Inside the hospital, a chaplain can be reached at extension 3329.
Tell your nurse that you wish to speak with a chaplain and the chaplain will be contacted.
Other Services Provided by the Pastoral Care Department
- Devotional leaflets, Bibles, prayer books, rosaries and Sabbath candles are available upon request.
- The Pastoral Care Department can assist you in contacting your clergy, such as your own priest, minister or rabbi.
- Eucharistic ministers are usually on site daily to bring communion to Roman Catholic patients.
- Dietary requests based on religious beliefs should be discussed with your physician, nurse, or the dietitian.
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 the Medical Center.
The central niche of the Chapel contains an illuminated window representing the tree of life. A walnut altar bearing the words, "Holy, Holy, Holy," represents the surface of the earth separating the roots and branches of the tree.
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.
A Special Thank You
Our Pastoral Care Department is deeply rooted in the community it serves. Without the faithful commitment of the many volunteers who have served and continue to serve as Associate Chaplains, Pastoral Visitors and Eucharistic Ministers we would not be able to provide the unique and substantial care that we do for our patients, their families and our staff. It is with deep gratitude that we continue in this covenantal relationship.
If you are interested in joining us, please contact our Manager of Volunteer Services, Camille Fjeld at 570-476-3447 or firstname.lastname@example.org.