Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare, embraces the traditional religious care provided by professional health care chaplains, but also expands beyond to include spiritual and cultural qualities associated with whole person health. Rituals and prayers from particular faith traditions and active listening continue to be important functions in responding to distress. Spiritual Health also incorporates evidence-based interventions derived from a wide circle of spiritual practices such as mindfulness and Cognitively Based Compassion Training (CBCTâ), relaxation response, chronic illness group work and various music and art therapies.

Our Emory chaplains prepare themselves through rigorous certifications to provide spiritual health consultations that target symptoms and bring relief to behaviors that impede health. Our role on the interdisciplinary team is critically integrated with improved health outcomes whether a person survives an illness or achieves a peaceful death.

Our Team

Our Spiritual Health team includes 46 full-time staff and 52 part-time staff who serve across the Emory Healthcare system 24/7. We are here to respond. Lean on us.

Spiritual Health finds its home in the academic community of Emory University and Emory Healthcare. The Emory community is rich in diversity and has a deep appreciation for the gifts it brings to the educational community.

Our faculty and staff represent diverse cultural, religious and social backgrounds. We are intentional in that our Clinical Pastoral Education Program is inclusive and inviting to all people. It is through our uniqueness that we become more fully who we are intended to be.

We invite you to become a part of the richness of this diverse community.

Spiritual Health Onsite 24/7 Staff Support

As Spiritual Health works alongside you in the care response to patients and their families we are equally dedicated to be first responders to staff at every level on ten campuses across the EHC system. Our clinicians are a live presence with the following services:

  • We come to you in your place of service
  • We walk with you in your distress
  • We help you find the next resources for support, FSAP referrals, etc.
  • We are and can be a calm voice of support in Huddles, Triads and Staff meetings
  • We intervene with Compassion-Centered Spiritual Health mobilized healing spaces and brief relaxation moments
  • We continue our regular rounding and shift change encouragement in the treatment space (The Blue Coats)
  • We are mindful to keeping our sacred spaces/chapels open 24/7 for meditation and centering
  • We are engaged in visible presence and support at exact time of death
  • We help facilitate unit debriefings for COVID-19 deaths
  • We are a phone call away for immediate consultation, requests for clinical interventions, resourcing for extended care and offering of links to brief supportive video content

Spiritual Health Triage Numbers:

Emory Decatur 404-948-3519
Emory Hillandale 404-719-9359
Emory LTAC 404-719-7215
EUH 404-308-3761
EUHM 404-308-3829
EJCH 678-474-7195
ESJH 678-843-4062
Emory Wesley Woods 404-308-4376
EUOSH 404-446-7844
WINSHIP 470-446-7844

 For Ethics Consultations, please dial 0 for the operator, and ask for the on-call ethics personnel.

Call A Chaplain When:

  • A patient or family member is experiencing emotional distress, or simply displays strong emotions that may signal need for help with feelings
  • A patient is dying or has died and it seems patient or family could benefit from emotional/spiritual support
  • A patient has received a new diagnosis or there is a significant change in the plan of care, such as a transfer from regular floor to a critical care unit
  • A family meeting is happening - the chaplain can offer support during and after the meeting, and help interpret patient/family needs to the treatment team
  • There is conflict between the patient and family or between the patient/family and staff
  • There are religious or cultural factors that impact decision making
  • A patient is experiencing loneliness or isolation in the hospital
  • Patient seems to be losing hope or motivation
  • A patient or family member is seeking religious care - if the chaplain is unable to offer the specific service, contact can be made with outside religious leaders
  • A staff person is experiencing moral or emotional distress
  • Patient or family expresses desire to discuss organ, tissue or eye donation
  • Patient is having trouble coping with an illness
  • Patient or family requests information about Advance Directives (Not available at Emory Johns Creek Hospital)