The Chapel of the Good Shepherd is located located next to the lobby inside the Main Entrance of St. Mark's Hospital. Two regularly scheduled worship services are held in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd each week. Holy Communion is served on Wednesdays at 11:00am; LDS Sacrament Meeting is held on Sundays at 1:00pm. Both services are open to all who want to attend. While the Chapel of the Good Shepherd is rooted in the Christian tradition, it is a multi-faith sacred space where all are welcome to seek sanctuary and solace.
Spiritual and Emotional Support
Chaplains address the spiritual and emotional dimensions of suffering by providing a listening ear, a non-anxious spiritual presence and profound respect for story. Chaplains provide spiritual care to people of all faiths and people of no faith. Their goal is to support each patient with spiritual resources appropriate to the individual. Clinical pastoral education helps spiritual care-givers provide a safe, competent, culturally sensitive sanctuary; a spiritual presence that willingly explores the various emotional and spiritual crises that individuals and families experience.
When patients and families find themselves in the midst of an unexpected crisis, chaplains are called on to provide spiritual and emotional support. While the medical staff work with a patient, chaplains facilitate communication between medical staff and families, answer questions and provide knowledgeable and compassion companionship. Chaplains are clinically trained to be a non-anxious, non-judgmental presence for all involved in crisis situations.
Faith traditions all rely on different resources for guidance, devotion and understanding. The Pastoral Care Center at St. Mark's Hospital supports these faith traditions by having a wide variety of spiritual resources available for patients, families and staff members. Please call the main telephone number of St. Mark's Hospital @ (801) 268-7111 and ask to have a chaplain paged if you need spiritual resources of any kind.
The chaplains of the Pastoral Care Center at St. Mark's Hospital are trained to assist patients, families and staff members with the following Advance Directives: Utah Healthcare Advance Directive, Physician Order for Life-Sustaining Treatment, Medical Treatment Plan. You may either call the hospital's main number ((801) 268-7111) and have a chaplain paged or just tell your nurse that you want help with Advance Directives.
Blessing of the Hands
Each Spring during Hospital Week, the Pastoral Care Center at St. Mark’s Hospital gathers a multi-faith group of spiritual leaders. Hospital employees are invited to have their hands blessed by one, many or all of these leaders.
Each spiritual leader prays according to her or his own faith tradition, invoking and inviting the Holy to bless the work of the hands of each employee. This is a day of healing for the healers. During this event, we recognize caregivers and many others for all that they do to promote healing and provide comfort for patients throughout the year. We also recognize the importance of an on-going commitment at St. Mark’s Hospital; to honor the role of compassion and spirituality in the healing process for patients and family members as well as for hospital staff.
"May our hands be connected to the Holy and one another. May our compassion for each other be enlarged. May we bring healing to our patients and their families through our strong and gentle care." -Anonymous