Spiritual Care

For many patients, hospitalization - be it for illness, injury or the birth of a child - involves mental and emotional issues. Often, patients and their families are understandably anxious or apprehensive about what lies ahead.  York Hospital is dedicated to supporting you and your family physically, emotionally and spiritually during your stay. We are here for you in times of difficulty or discouragement, and in times of joy with the celebration of having a baby or a successful surgery.


We offer:

Visits from our chaplain or another member of our Spiritual Care team.  York Hospital's Spiritual Care team (our chaplain and volunteer clergy members from the area) serves patients, their families and hospital staff members in times of need.  These caring individuals offer expertise in several faith traditions and all share an absolute respect for your personal beliefs and offer a non-judgmental, quiet, listening presence. Please tell your nurse if


  • You would like to speak with a caring person about spiritual matters.
  • You need help contacting your own faith community, or, if you are visiting the area, someone from your own faith tradition.
  • You feel anxious or upset about your care or that of a friend or loved one.

The Loving Kindness Room:  This space, designed to provide an oasis of quiet in the center of our busy hospital environment, is available for patient, family and staff use when in need of time for reflection, peace, prayer, meditation or clergy visits.  The room offers comfortable seating, reflective reading materials, and a quiet atmosphere.  It is available for use at any time and is located on the 2nd Floor of the Hancock Wing, near the Breast Care Center.  Look for the “Loving Kindness” sign on the door.

Reiki:  Reiki services are offered for patients free of charge and are provided by our Reiki volunteers. Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation that also promotes healing of mind, body and spirit.    In addition to deep relaxation, Reiki can promote a reduction in anxiety, muscle tension, and pain, can promote accelerated wound healing, and can promote wellness and a greater sense of well-being.

Please ask your nurse to contact the chaplain if you’d like a visit.
  For more information or to reach our chaplain, June Kapitan, please call (207) 361-3647.  For information about Reiki, please call Volunteer Services at (207) 351-2224.

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