Spiritual Health & Education

Inspiration for today...


Our mission is to support, encourage, and inspire the spiritual health of Northside Hospital patients, staff, and all community members through excellent professional chaplaincy and clinical education services. We are committed to offering exceptional, compassionate, professional, spiritual healthcare that honors the uniqueness of each spiritual journey and contributes to the holistic wellbeing of every human being that we are privileged to encounter as chaplains and spiritual health clinicians in the Northside Hospital system.


Northside Hospital’s dedication to spiritual care began even before the hospital served its first patient. In 1967, three years before the hospital opened its doors, Hollis Cobb announced that Northside Hospital would have a chaplaincy program, “entirely new in scope in hospitals in the Atlanta area.” As chairman of the hospital authority at that time, Cobb was a visionary leader. In the words of NSH historian, Dr. Charles Silverstein, “declaring that the hospital’s goal was to take care of the needs of the whole person, Cobb said that the program would provide pastoral care available at any time to those who express a desire for spiritual help.”

NSH began to live into this commitment beginning with a troupe of volunteer spiritual health responders in 1970. Northside’s first professional chaplain, Dan E. Keels, was hire in 1972. Charles Passman, a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) student, assumed the role of Director of Pastoral Care after Keels’ death in 1989. In 1990, Gene Locke became the leader of the chaplaincy program. After more than 20 years of dedicated service in chaplaincy at NSH and having overseen the building of NSH’s CPE program, Gene Locke retired in 2010. His successor and current Manager of Spiritual Health and Education, Amani Legagneur, continues to advance the vision of providing all patients and NSH staff members with access to professional chaplaincy support and spiritual health services as an essential component of whole-person care.

When Northside Hospital Cherokee became a part of the Northside Hospital System in 1997 and Northside Hospital Forsyth joined in 2002, the history of spiritually competent care for whole persons continued in the Northside Hospital system. Each hospital already had a strong history of dedication to the spiritual health of their patients and staff. Partnering with one another as a system has enhanced the collaborative resources for spiritual healthcare that Northside Hospital provides. Currently, Lead Chaplains Brent Bond (Northside Hospital Atlanta), Bryan Lake (Northside Hospital Forsyth), and Tim Kinnersley (Northside Hospital Cherokee) help to ensure the highest standards of spiritual care are upheld at all Northside Hospital campuses.


We believe that spirituality is a dimension of each human being’s experience and is an essential resource for facing the challenges of healing, illness, and loss. We believe that each individual’s own faith tradition, beliefs, religious practices, and unique spiritual journey should be respected and supported in facing the challenges of hospitalization.


The department of Spiritual Health and Education (S.H.E.) at Northside Hospital values top-notch spiritual care based on the gold standard best practices and research in our field. S.H.E. “HELPS” by:

H-honoring the uniqueness of each person’s spiritual journey
E-encouraging spiritual wellness through preventative and interventional spiritual care
L-listening to the heart of the spiritual care narratives of the people we serve
P-providing access to professional chaplaincy and religious and spiritual resources
S-supporting a diverse range of spiritual care needs through compassionate, responsive care

Chaplains and S.H.E. Responders

The Spiritual Health and Education department at Northside Hospital is staffed by professional chaplains and spiritual care responders dedicated to whole-person care of the minds, bodies, and spirits of the patients and staff that we serve. Our chaplains honor the sacredness of the human spirit, an unassailable human quality of conscience, ultimate concern, and belief that must be tended to as an essential component of holistic well-being. This belief fuels our passion for offering professional chaplaincy support to Northside Hospital’s community of patients and staff members of all faiths or no professed faith. NSH chaplains are bound by the ethical codes of Northside Hospital and the organizations in which their professional certifications are held, e.g. the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (www.acpe.edu) and the Association for Professional Chaplains, Inc. (www.professionalchaplains.org).

In addition to its team of professional chaplains, Clinical Pastoral Education training fellows, who are also trained clergypersons, offer spiritual support to NSH patients and staff. In conjunction with the NSH Auxiliary, volunteers continue as spiritual care responders at NSH in a lineage that began at the hospital’s inception.


Northside Hospital - Atlanta

1000 Johnson Ferry Road NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
(404) 851-8000

Northside Hospital - Cherokee

450 Northside Cherokee Blvd.
Canton, GA 30115
(770) 224-1000

Northside Hospital - Forsyth

1200 Northside Forsyth Drive
Cumming, GA 30041
(770) 844-3200

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