A Mission of Health and Healing
A hospital stay can be a frightening, anxious, and sometimes lonely experience. Parkview Adventist Medical Center knows that spiritual care can be an important part of the healing process. To help navigate, members of Parkview’s Department of Spiritual Care are available to you and your loved ones 24-hours a day, seven days a week. We also offer weekday morning prayer at 8:30 a.m. in the Hospital chapel. All, regardless of church affiliation, are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Patients may dial 0 and request a visit from the chaplain on call.
Outside the hospital, the Spiritual Care Department can be reached at the phone number below.
Requests may also be sent by email.
Why call a Chaplain?
Chaplains are health care professionals who provide spiritual and pastoral care to aid those who cope with many life matters. Maybe you are seeking prayer, a ritual, a sacrament, or a connection to your own religious community. Or you may just need someone to listen, and let you know you’re not alone. A friend or family member may also request a visit from the chaplain.
Our chaplains are available to offer support to people of all religious backgrounds. We help you contact your own clergy or spiritual advisor, and we assist them when they arrive. Our chaplains encourage people to use personal spiritual beliefs and resources in the midst of crisis and illness.
Be a Volunteer Chaplain
Individuals who are active in local denominational or faith groups may apply for training and credentialing as a volunteer hospital chaplain. Contact the department for more information.
Spiritual Care and Treatment
Spiritual Care is fully integrated into the treatment program at Parkview.
- Chaplains receive referrals from physicians and the hospital’s staff.
- Chaplains participate regularly in interdisciplinary care meetings and serve as a patient’s advocate.
Special Intercessory Prayer for those in special need:
Parkview offers a special service of prayer that gathers a patient’s family and support system, along with a chaplain and staff, to pray together at a patient’s bedside. This service follows the Biblical instruction in James 5 using oil as a symbol of God’s healing Spirit. If you would like to have this service of prayer for yourself, or a family member, please feel free to make a request.
Grief Support Services
The Chaplains at Parkview offer bereavement support in the following ways:
- They provide informal grief counseling by telephone or office visit, and can help you locate a Christian counselor with special training in helping those who grieve.
- We provide grief education and support groups from a Christian perspective on a regular basis. We also can help you access other grief support available in our community.
- We have resource material helpful to those who have lost a loved one.
Collette Pekar, Director of Spiritual Care, has 25 years experience in pastoral ministry and is currently an Associate Pastor at the Brunswick Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Bob Beaumont, Assistant Chaplain, has 37 years experience in Pastoral Ministry and was ordained by American Baptist Churches USA. He also has a local private counseling practice.
Philip Ingle, Asistant Chaplain, was the former Chaplain and Patient Advocate at Newman Regional Health in Kansas. Today, he serves as Pastor at the West Harpswell Baptist Church (ABC/USA).
For more information about these services or to contact the department from outside of the hospital, please call (207) 373-2251.