Chaplaincy Program

The Chaplaincy program of Haywood Regional Medical Center provides pastoral and spiritual care to our patients and their families during hospitalization.

Our chaplains are professionally trained for this very special ministry and are here to offer support and comfort. Either staff chaplains or on-call clergy represent all denominations of faith.

Our chaplains offer you and your family encouragement and a listening ear during your hospital stay. We provide advice and consolation in times of crisis or grief.

You will be asked at your time of admission if you would like to receive a visit from a chaplain. Arrangements can be made for a chaplain of your faith to visit. The chaplain will be glad to contact your own local minister or church instead, if you make that request. Visits can take place on the nursing floor, in a waiting room, or the emergency department. Our chaplains respond 24 hours a day.


Haywood Regional Medical Center has a chapel located on the second floor of the hospital. It is open 24 hours for quiet reflection for you and your family.

Pastoral Care Services at Haywood Regional Medical Center

Being in the hospital can be a different kind of experience for many people. We want you know that our Chaplain and Chaplain Volunteers are available to provide presence and support for you and your family during your hospital stay.

Our Chaplains and volunteers are trained to respect the religious commitments of all of our patients and their families and will not impose any particular beliefs or values on you. We serve patients and families of all faiths, as well as those who do not identify with any particular religion. Our chaplains will be respectful and supportive of your personal faith, values and beliefs.

Chaplains are available to assist you with a variety of spiritual and emotional needs such as, coping with the stress of illness and hospitalization; discussing difficult decisions; dealing with difficult news; easing the loneliness and isolation of a hospital stay; offering religious rituals, including sacraments, scripture readings, and prayer; contacting a faith representative of your own religious tradition; or when you just need someone to listen.

Liaison with Church or Pastor

Patients are encouraged to be in contact with their minister or church while in the hospital. A Chaplain will assist in making the contact if needed. They also assist in locating a minister of the patient's choice if desired. Often the Chaplain can serve as an important link between church and hospital. The visits of local clergy persons are encouraged. Pastors may register with the Chaplains office for a visitor identification badge.

Religious Materials

Patients are encouraged to bring their own Bible should they need one during their stay. However, Gideon Bibles are available in our patients rooms, other versions and large print editions are available by request from the chaplain or in our Chapel on the second floor.  Other devotional books and inspirational materials are also available.

Spiritual Resources Available:

  • The Chapel- a place of prayer or quiet contemplation for all people
  • Care Notes
  • Guideposts
  • Scriptures or Devotional Materials

How to call a chaplain

You may ask your nurse or a staff person to contact the chaplain for you. Dial  the switchboard  “0” and ask for the chaplain or chaplain on call.

Partners with Clergy

At Haywood Regional Medical Center, our Pastoral Care staff values our relationships with area clergy. We believe it takes all of us working together to provide truly meaningful spiritual care. If you are a member of the clergy, we hope you will consider us to be partners in ministry--as well as a valuable resource. We are glad to help clergy members locate patients. We can also contact your church when a member is hospitalized. And if you are unable to visit your members or parishioners, let us know; we'll be glad to fill in till you arrive.

Registering with Pastoral Care offers several important benefits, including:

  • A Clergy Visitor ID Badge 
  • Instruction about confidentiality and patient policies 
  • Initiate a supportive relationship with the Chaplains Office