Spiritual Care

Healing Through Spiritual Care at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center

At UH Elyria Medical Center, spiritual care is an important part of the healing process. Our chaplains are specially trained to help patients draw on the inner resources that foster hope and promote healing. It is the goal of the spiritual care department to engage the spiritual dimension of people, their beliefs, culture, values and religious practices for healing, well-being and growth. These basic foundations give meaning to life's joys and struggles, serve as a bright light guiding us on our individual paths and connect us with supportive communities.

Spiritual Care Department services are available to patients, families and staff.

The Spiritual Care Department Team Puts Others First

The spiritual care department is led by Director Reverend Jon Paulus. Sister Joan Tomchey coordinates Catholic pastors and Eucharistic ministers with our Spiritual Care Services at UH Elyria Medical Center. Community pastors also provide their assistance. Our team of volunteers assists communicating with pastors.

The spiritual care department initiated the Community Outreach Committee to help connect employees with needs of the community. Our team also distributes Bibles, which are available upon request.

The Chapel at UH Elyria Medical Center

The Chapel at UH Elyria Medical Center is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is located on the first floor across from Cascade Perk, the hospital's coffee shop.

As part of the spiritual care department, Chaplains are available to help during a variety of times, including:

  • When you are anxious
  • When you receive upsetting news
  • When you are facing difficult decisions
  • When you are exploring a religious question
  • When you are seeking the comfort of religious rituals and sacraments
  • When you are wrestling with meaning of your illness
  • When you are sad over a loss
  • When you need someone who listens
  • When you are seeking a prayer partner or spiritual guidance

Contact the Spiritual Care Department

Reverend Jon Paulus
Director, Spiritual Care
440-758-6262 Pager

Sister Joan Tomchey, OSU
440-758-6589 Pager

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