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For Your Spirit

The Centegra Health System family reaches beyond your mind and body, treating your spirit as well. We recognize that a healthy spirit helps the body heal more quickly and is vital to your recovery when you may feel alone or without faith.

No matter your beliefs or ideologies, our caring Associates know your spirit must be fed. You’ll find that at Centegra has many ways of meeting your spiritual care needs.

Spiritual Care

The Pastoral Care team at Centegra Health System provides spiritual and emotional care for patients, families and friends. We extend a welcoming hand to people of all faiths.

Chaplains who are also healthcare professionals provide pastoral care. They help people cope with life’s difficulties through conversation, partnership in prayer or by simply sitting with people in need. Our compassionate chaplains respect each person’s beliefs and listen without judgment.

Chaplains address your concerns and fears. They support our patients, families, friends and caregivers after difficult events.

Centegra Health System’s chaplains provide sacraments and connections to your own religious community and support groups. They also make regular rounds in the hospital and in Centegra’s Emergency Departments.

To contact Pastoral Care, call your hospital and ask to speak with a chaplain.

Critical Decisions

When you are faced with some of life’s most difficult decisions (link to “Advance Directives” page, we are available for ethical consultations. We also provide information about living wills, advance directives and Do Not Resuscitate orders.

Animal-Assisted Therapy

Tipper has been visiting patients for several years at Centegra Health System. She is not your typical volunteer, though. Tipper is a dachshund/sheltie mix owned by Nanci Tayler and she is one of more than 30 dogs participating in Centegra’s Animal Assisted Therapy Program called Caring Paws.

Studies have shown that visits from a therapy dog reduce blood pressure, feelings of anxiety, stress levels and loneliness, all of which aids in the healing process. At Centegra, therapy dogs visit patients in the waiting areas, at Centegra Sage Cancer Center as well as in the nursing units.

Centegra Health System offers classes for people (and dogs) interested in becoming therapy teams.

For more information about the Caring Paws Program, call (815) 759-4203.