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Lunchtime Events Planned for Pastoral Care Week

Physicians have the opportunity to meet Cedars-Sinai's chaplains and spiritual caregivers during Pastoral Care Week, Oct. 19-25.

This week is marked nationwide and celebrates those who provide spiritual guidance to patients, their families and hospital staff.

You can meet the chaplains during the following events:

  • Monday, Oct. 20, through Wednesday, Oct. 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in front of the cafeteria on the street level of South Tower
  • Thursday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the South Tower Plaza patio
Physicians can help ensure patients and their families receive spiritual care by finding out about a patient's spirituality as part of the routine psychosocial assessment. This could be as simple as asking, "Is religion or spirituality important to you?" If the answer is yes, follow up with: "Do you identify with a particular religion or belief system? Would you like a visit from a Cedars-Sinai chaplain while you are here? Is there anything I should know about your beliefs as we develop a plan for your care?"

Physicians can refer patients and families to Cedars-Sinai chaplains by using PCX (Spiritual Care Worklist) or calling ext. 3-5550. Chaplains also are available for consultation if physicians have questions about how to be sensitive to a patient or family member's spiritual beliefs.

The department includes Jewish chaplain associates Paula Van Gelder and Joshua Spiegelman and interim Rabbi Jason Weiner; Christian chaplains the Revs. Denise LaChance and Nick Mangoutas; and Catholic chaplain Father Lester Avestruz.