Spiritual Care

Spiritual careUW Medicine recognizes the diverse spiritual needs of our patients and families, and the significance spirituality may have in their lives.

Spiritual care providers at Harborview Medical Center and UW Medical Center offer culturally sensitive emotional and spiritual support to patients, families and staff, regardless of religious, faith or spiritual tradition.

Our spiritual care providers are trained to serve the spiritual needs of our diverse community by offering: 
  • Emotional and spiritual comfort and support during times of crisis, loss, injury or illness, including life-threatening illness and end-of-life 
  • Compassionate listening 
  • Prayer and meditation 
  • Sacraments or rituals, such as baptism, communion, blessing, anointing, viaticum 
  • Contact with clergy of various faith traditions 
  • Resources in many different faith traditions 
  • A list of local congregations and faith communities

A spiritual care provider can contact your faith, religious or spiritual community to help support you while you are in the hospital.

Please feel free to contact us if you need to talk to a spiritual care provider for any reason.

How to Contact a Spiritual Care Provider

Harborview Medical Center
Please call 206.744.3000 and request that an on-call spiritual care provider be paged. From within the hospital, dial 0 for the operator.

UW Medical Center 
Please call 206.598.9174 to speak with a spiritual care provider. If you get voicemail, please leave a message and a spiritual care provider will be paged.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

CPE is an accredited form of pastoral education for seminarians, clergy and laity which provides training in pastoral reflection, formation and competence. Harborview Medical Center with educational placement at University of Washington Medical Center is an accredited CPE Center by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. (ACPE). We offer Level I, Level II, and Supervisory Education.

For more information about our CPE program and how to apply, please see http://depts.washington.edu/chaplain/index.html

ACPE, Inc.
1549 Clairmont Road, Suite 103
Decatur, GA 30033
(404) 320-1472