Pastoral Care and Spiritual Support

St. Mark's Hospital provides pastoral care services for the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and their families. We understand how important this support means to individuals and loved ones when facing the news of a difficult diagnosis, or in dealing with the unknown or anticipation of death, grief and loss.

The mission of the Pastoral Care Center at St. Mark's Hospital is to provide spiritual care to support the diverse spiritual values of the hospital's patients, families and staff for their healing and wholeness.

Our mission includes providing ACPE accredited Clinical Pastoral Education training programs for supervisors, residents and interns to meet needs for spiritual meaning and transformation during a variety of life and health transitions.

This mission is undergirded by and is an extension of Episcopal Community Services and in collaboration with HCA, Inc. who provide space and resources to further the mission of the Pastoral Care Center at St. Mark's Hospital.

Mission Statement St. Mark's Hospital

"To provide superior healthcare services to our patients as if they were our own family."

Vision Statement St. Mark's Hospital

"To be Utah’s Finest Hospital"

Contact a Hospital Chaplain by dialing 00 on a hospital phone

Sometimes our chaplains serve as facilitators of communication among patients, family members and our hospital medical staff and physicians. Chaplains are available for listening, assisting in tough decision-making, simply being present in a strange place, facilitating grief, providing a prayer, sacraments, devotional materials, contacting local clergy and family, helping with ethical consultation, assisting in completing advance directives (living wills) and intervening on the patient's behalf.

The chaplain makes daily rounds and is available 24 hours a day to patients and staff. Although they are not a “conventional” member of the healthcare team or of the patient's family, chaplains can objectively provide crisis intervention counseling and support.

The pastoral care team supports area clergy in responding to the spiritual and emotional needs of patients and families. They respond to the needs of other caregivers and collaborate with them in their service to patients and families. In their communications with others, confidentiality is maintained and the patient's right to privacy is upheld.

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Chapel Services at St. Mark's Hospital

Our chapel is open at all times for prayer and meditation. It is located on the first floor.

The Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program is accredited by The Association of Clinical Pastoral Education as a Level I and Level II center. The St. Mark's Hospital CPE program is open to all interested individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, faith group, national origin, sexual orientation, or physical disability. For more information on the ACPE program, visit

Admission requirements into Level I:

  • All interested individuals must submit a completed application at least 3 months prior to the start of the CPE unit for which application is made.
  • It is a requirement that all applicants have graduated from high school or obtained GED, or have been ordained by a faith community or commissioned to function in ministry by an appropriate religious authority
  • Upon receipt and review of application materials, an interview with the CPE Supervisor may be requested.
  • If accepted into the program, you will be notified in writing.
  • Prospective student will, in return, submit a letter of acceptance to join the program along with a non-refundable fee of $100 which will be applied toward the individual's tuition for the unit they have been accepted into.

Admission requirements into Level II:

  • All acceptance requirements for Level I must be met.
  • Have successfully completed one unit of CPE Level I.
  • Participated in a readiness consultation meeting with the CPE Supervisor.
  • Assume responsibility for and made an affirmative appearance at a Level II CPE Consultation.

How To Apply

Or mail application materials to;
St. Mark's Hospital
c/o Pastoral Care Department
1200 East 3900 South
Suite 470
Salt Lake City, UT 84124

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