Spiritual Care

When patients and visitors need to talk, need someone to listen or need help to pray, chaplains and spiritual care aides provide spiritual support by:

  • Visiting patients and their families during hospital stays 
  • Listening actively and understanding the stress of hospitalization
  • Praying upon request and offering comfort and care
  • Handling the special needs of the elderly, the depressed, the lonely, and the terminally ill

Chaplains are specially trained clergy who care for patients and their families during times of illness and hospitalization. They offer non-judgmental spiritual care to people of all faiths. They are available for administration of sacraments, prayers and other spiritual and emotional support. On request, they consult in patient care conferences and assist in ethical decision-making. 

Spiritual Care Aides are carefully screened and trained volunteers who serve as spiritual friends to patients and their families. They are available at most times. 


An interfaith chapel is located in the hospital’s main lobby behind the Information Desk. It is always open for prayer and meditation.

Prayer Requests & Meditation

Everyday, Spiritual Care Aides honor prayer requests from patients and families in the hospital chapel. Forms are available in the waiting areas on each floor to make written prayer requests. Additionally, a special television station is available in patient rooms' that displays restful images accompanied by contemplative music.

Church Notification

Upon admission, patients can request that their faith community be notified.

For more information, please contact:

Director of Spiritual Care: Rev. Jon Paulus, 440-743-4295 or jpaulus@parmahospital.org   
Catholic Chaplain: Rev. James Semonin, 440-743-2516
Spiritual Care Aides: 440-743-4297

Hospital staff can page the chaplains and spiritual care aides.