Spiritual Health

Our care broadly includes responding to spiritual distress, offering pastoral care, providing access to religious resources, facilitating communication with faith representatives or clergypersons outside of the hospital, and accompanying patients as they make meaning of their healthcare journeys within the Northside Hospital system. Our chaplains and spiritual health responders seek to provide faith-sensitive and culturally competent care to NSH patients and staff in the following ways:

  • Offering 24 hour a day 7 day a week on-campus coverage at Northside Hospital’s Atlanta campus and 24 hour a day 7 day a week on-site and call-back coverage at Northside Hospital’s Forsyth and Cherokee campuses.
  • Responding as members of the Code Team to cardiac codes at Northside Hospital-Atlanta and Northside Hospital-Forsyth.
  • Proactively assessing and responding to spiritual care needs of patients throughout the hospital by attending rounds, responding to interdisciplinary staff referrals, and tending to particularly critical or long-term patient cases.
  • Participating on the NSH Ethics Committee, NSH Cancer Committee, and Palliative Care Team.
  • Responding to spiritual care consultation requests.
  • Providing end-of-life and bereavement care services to NSH patients and staff members.
  • Providing religious resources such as multi-faith chapel services.
  • Providing religious rituals.
  • Collaborating with community faith representatives and providing referrals to outside faith representatives by request.

Multi-faith Services

Chaplains at NSH provide spiritual health support to patients across the spectrum of beliefs. We do this by:

  • Maintaining intercultural competencies in our chaplaincy praxis.
  • Maintaining relationships with skilled volunteers and local clergy to offer referral support by patient request. Assist and facilitate spiritual care of non-NSH clergy their spiritual care with the patient and family.
  • Facilitating weekly multi-faith friendly chapel services at Northside Hospital’s Atlanta campus and oversee sacred inclusive chapel spaces at Northside Hospital’s Forsyth and Cherokee campuses.
  • Assisting staff in understanding how religious beliefs contribute to the physical needs and ethical concerns of patients in the hospital.
  • Offering spiritual health support to patients nearing or at the end-of-life and their loved ones.
  • Conducting community memorial services and times of remembrance.

Women’s Services

We provide specialized spiritual health and education services in Women’s Services including but not limited to the following:

  • Offering spiritual support through the pregnancy and birthing experience.
  • Providing spiritual care for patients in the process of adoption.
  • Helping to provide faith-specific resources and information.
  • Offering infant and family blessing.
  • Offering infant baptisms.
  • Providing specialty spiritual care and resources for infants in Special Care Nurseries and their families.
  • Providing specialty pastoral care and spiritual health support for patients experiencing high-risk pregnancy.
  • Facilitating weekly “Moms to Moms” support groups for patients experiencing high-risk pregnancy.
  • Providing spiritual support and resources for patients electing adoption services.
  • Offering bereavement support to patients and families experiencing perinatal loss.
  • Providing bedside rituals for perinatal loss.
  • Providing follow-up spiritual support for patients who experience perinatal loss after discharge from the hospital through leading bi-annual Community Perinatal Loss Memorial Services and working closely with the H.E.A.R.T. Strings program (www.northsidepnl.com).

Critical Care and Oncology Services

We provide specialized spiritual health and education services in Women’s Services including but not limited to the following:

  • Offering skilled chaplaincy support to patients experiencing health crises.
  • Offering pastoral accompaniment and/or spiritual support to people experiencing challenging diagnoses.
  • Oasis Programs: staff support and creativity groups for Oncology Services (Northside-Atlanta).
  • Provider resilience groups. 

Bereavement Services

From a spiritual perspective, healing experiences may include and transcend the end of life. Our chaplains offer end-of-life spiritual care for patients and their loved ones and bereavement support to Northside Hospital staff in the follow our interdisciplinary healthcare teams leading up to and following the end of their lives including but not limited to the following:

  • Spiritual care at the end of life.
  • Bedside prayers and rituals. 
  • Facilitating staff awareness of cultural and religious customs to be honored at the end of life.
  • Staff education about grief, loss, and compassionate companionship at the end of life. 
  • Memorial services.
  • Times of Remembrance. 

Staff Support Services

  • Healing Hands: hand blessings for staff
  • Regular rounding to assess staff spiritual needs and potential spiritual distress.
  • Memorial services and times of remembrance for staff members.
  • Bereavement support for staff members affected by colleague loss or loss of loved ones.
  • Spiritual health training, e.g. seminars in compassionate response, ethics, end-of-life care, resilience, and self-care.
  • Traumatic incident debriefing and support groups for any area of the hospital by request.

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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