Interfaith Support Services
At Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital we care about each of our patients as the whole, integrated being that they are. While SNMH is built around caring for your physical body, we also know that the physical body is not all of you.
Your think, you feel, you communicate, you have style and an approach to life. Perhaps you have deep religious beliefs or a strong connection to God; perhaps you have none at all. It is all of the these non-physical parts of you that make up your spiritual self.
We care about your spiritual-self as well as your physical-self because we realize how connected these parts are. Your body, your mind and your emotions are all impacting one another moment by moment....and the healthier you are in one area the easier it is to become healthy in the others. We want your stay here to be as emotionally and spiritually peaceful and relaxing as it can be.
It is normal to have concerns and even some anxiety while you are staying in the hospital. Sometimes it is just as simple as you feeling like talking with someone. With all of this in mind, the Spiritual Care Services department invites you to give us a call while you are staying with us. We would love to visit you and discover how we can support your moving towards being healthy both physically and spiritually.
To support patients, their family and friends during a stay at SNMH, we have a full-time, interfaith chaplain on Staff, Rev. David Swetman (ext. 6216). Chaplain David also trains and manages an inter-faith team of Spiritual Care Services volunteers (ext. 6816) who visit patients during their stay. We are also happy to contact your personal clergy, religious or spiritual leader for you while you are in the hospital.
Prayer for healing is offered every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the hospital's Chapel, located on the first floor, close to the main lobby. You may come alone, with someone, send someone to represent you or send us your name.
We invite you to visit our chapel while staying at, or visiting a loved one, in the hospital. The chapel is located on the first floor close to the main lobby and is available for prayer, meditation or quiet conversations.