• Pastoral care

    We’re here to lend a helping hand, to offer a shoulder to lean on, to provide a listening ear

    Our Chaplains are available 24/7 year round to patients, family, and staff to help deal with spiritual and emotional challenges often associated with medical events and crises. The chaplain’s role is to support you and your family spiritually and emotionally while in the hospital, regardless of faith or religious affiliation.

    Our staff includes full-time chaplains, PRN chaplains, and CPE (clinical pastoral education) students.

    To learn more, download We Care, our pastoral services brochure (PDF, 3.6 MB) » 

  • When to contact pastoral care

    Some Reasons to Call a Chaplain:

    • The request of a patient, family, or staff member
    • Major changes in the patient’s care plan
      • New diagnosis
      • Such as DNI, AND (Allow Natural Death), DNR, etc.
      • A change to Palliative, Hospice, etc. especially on weekends or at night
    • Religious needs and support
      • Sacraments
      • Spiritual literature (English or Spanish)
      • Bibles (if requested)
      • Prayer
      • Assistance in contacting a patient’s or family’s religious leader
    • Emotional support
    • Difficult decisions
    • Before surgery
    • Ethical concerns
    • Personal concerns
    • Staff support too!
    • Every death
    • Any time you think we could help!
  • Pastoral care services

    The chapels are open all day, every day.  

    Weekly Services

    UK Chandler

    10 a.m. in the Myra Leigh Tobin Chapel, Pavilion A.00.110 
    11 a.m. in the Chapel, Room H122

    Good Samaritan

    12:30 p.m., Chapel Room B130

    Special Services

    UK Pastoral Care department recognizes all religions and beliefs. We provide “special” worship and meditation services for significant religious holidays. This includes, but is not limited to holidays like Ramadan, Passover, Ash Wednesday, Easter, and Christmas. If you or your loved one are interested in the Pastoral Care department holding a special service, please contact us at 859-323-5301.

  • Locations and contact

    Contact information

    You may ask a nurse, clerk, volunteer or information specialist to contact a chaplain.

    Directions to pastoral care offices

    UK Chandler Hospital

    Our office is located on the ground floor of Pavilion A, across from the Myra Leigh Tobin Chapel. After parking in the garage across from the hospital, you may cross the connecting bridge. When the carpet becomes tile, turn immediately to your right to either take the stairs or elevator to the ground floor. Walk through the double glass doors and turn immediately to your left. Our office is only a couple steps down the hallway.

    Pager: 859-330-1520
    Located on ground floor of Pavilion A, A.00.115.
    Non-urgent calls: 859-323-5301  

    UK Good Samaritan Hospital

    Our offices are located in room B124, next to the Chapel and Conference Room A.

    Pager: 859-330-2782
    Located in room B124.
    Non-urgent calls: 859-226-7029
    Please page Chandler’s chaplain between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. and during weekends  

  • Clinical pastoral education

    UK HealthCare is accredited by the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education to run programs of Level I and II CPE. We currently run extended 15-week Fall and Spring internships and an intensive 11-week intern program in the Summer.

    As a teaching hospital, UK offers the opportunity for seminary students and clergy of all faiths to continue to learn how to provide pastoral care in a hospital setting. In order to apply, please complete an application found on the ACPE website under CPE application.

    Please also download and complete the application for Spring 2018 CPE Intern Program (PDF, 169 KB) or Summer 2018 CPE Intern Program (PDF, 173 KB).

    To learn about more clinical pastoral education (CPE) please visit the ACPE website

    One West Court Square Suite 325
    Decatur GA 30030  

    UK Pastoral Care Services, Clinical Pastoral Education
    1000 S. Limestone, Suite A.00.115
    Lexington KY 40536

    Supervisor: Cam Holzer
    cam.holzer@uky.edu; 859-323-5301 or 859-323-4140