To speak with a chaplain
, call Chaplaincy Services at 212-639-5982. Evenings or weekends, contact the hospital operator at 212-639-7900 to ask for the chaplain on call.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering, we recognize that pain and illness may lead to feelings of profound doubt about fundamental beliefs and cause questions about the meaning of life. Our Chaplaincy Services offers spiritual care to address these and other questions of identity, meaning, purpose, value, and worth – that may or may not be expressed in religious terms.
We welcome anyone requesting spiritual support, regardless of formal religious affiliation or background, and will keep your contact with us confidential at all times.
We encourage you to draw on your own resources when experiencing spiritual distress, such as family and faith communities. In addition, our chaplains are available to:
- Listen to your concerns about illness or hospitalization without judgment
- Help support family members experiencing feelings of grief and loss
- Provide you with a comforting presence
- Assist with end-of-life decisions
- Pray with you
- Contact community clergy or faith groups on your behalf
Chaplaincy Services provides multi-faith support and also coordinates with religious clergy to provide for specific faith-based needs such as communion, the use of Shabbat candles, and access to religious worship services.
Request a Visit with a Chaplain
Our board-certified chaplains work closely with the interdisciplinary care teams on each floor of the hospital. They are available to provide patients and their families and friends with emotional and spiritual support in accordance with each person’s wishes.
To arrange for a visit from one of our chaplains, or from a local clergy from a Protestant, Catholic, Muslim, or Jewish congregation, please contact:
Room C170 (west hallway off main lobby)
Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM