Patients & Visitors

Pastoral Care

The Pastoral Care Department of Memorial Medical Center supports patients, families, visitors and hospital staff through the provision of spiritual and religious ministries, and supports community clergy ministry with their own membership visitation.

Our team includes:

  • Four Full-Time Board-Certified Staff Chaplains
  • Fourteen On-Call/Per-Diem Chaplains
  • Five Volunteer/Adjunct Chaplains
  • Forty Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion from the Catholic Church
  • Three Per-Diem Catholic Priests providing Sacraments seven days a week and Mass on Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. in the Henry Bunn Chapel
  • One full-time Administrative Assistant
  • Seven office volunteers

Request A Pastoral Care Visit

To request a visit from a Memorial Medical Center chaplain or to arrange a visit from you own clergyperson, please ask your nurse or contact the Pastoral Care department between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 217-788–3585. The chaplain is available weekdays from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. An on-call chaplain is available evenings and weekends for emergencies.

An on-call Chaplain is available 24/7 for urgent or crisis ministry and can be reached through the hospital operator or by calling 217-788-3585.

Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The chaplain is available weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. An on-call chaplain is available evenings and weekends for emergencies. The office is located on the first floor in B-126.

Henry Bunn Memorial Chapel is located on the first floor near Admission and Testing and is open at all times for prayer and meditation. All are welcome.

Pastoral Care Services

Chaplains provide a variety of services to patients upon request, referral or patient care assessment. A request for Pastoral Care services may be made by a patient, family or friend of a patient, community clergy or any member of the treatment team. We will also collaborate with community clergy upon request.

Spiritual Assessment Prayer Pastoral Visit
Grief/Loss Support Sacraments Family Ministry
Trauma Advanced Directives End-of-Life Issues
Pastoral Counsel Emotional Support

Gifts of Gratitude

Many patients and their families express their gratitude for care at Memorial with gifts to expand our spiritual care program. Contributions should be identified as "Pastoral Care Enrichment" and may be sent to the Memorial Medical Center Foundation office. For additional information, please call Memorial's Pastoral Care Department at 217-788-3585 or visit the Memorial Medical Foundation.