Patient Support Services
Being hospitalized can be a stressful experience, and we are proud to offer
support services to our patients and families.
Click to learn about the Support Groups we offer to patients and families.
At Huntington Hospital, we recognize that being hospitalized is not merely
a physical experience. Our Spiritual Care department has Master’s
prepared, professionally trained counselors who are able to support patients
and their families, of any faith or no faith. We believe everyone is spiritual,
though not necessarily religious. Illness, injury and loss often cause
one to reflect on the meaning and significance of their life, goals and beliefs.
Our Spiritual Care staff is available daily to listen and help patients
and families sort through their spiritual and emotional distress and questions.
This may include a spiritual perspective, prayer or blessing, if the patient
or family so desires, as well as faith-specific resources.
For questions or to receive a visit when you are in the hospital, please
ask your nurse or physician to request spiritual care for you, or call
Arrangements may also be made to contact your spiritual leader, or to provide
a spiritual leader from your belief system. Catholic Eucharistic Ministers
visit weekly from St. Andrews Parish to provide communion.
Spiritual Care can help with:
- Emotional and spiritual support in times of pain, suffering, loss or stress
- Counseling for existential or spiritual distress
- Religious texts (Bibles, Koran) and spiritual literature
- Spiritual resources (Chant boxes, devotional booklets, prayer rugs, rosaries
and prayer cards)
- Conducting rituals, prayers and blessings
- Facilitating visits from one’s own clergy or faith tradition
- Providing communion and other sacraments
- Decision-making at the end-of-life
Spiritual Care staff is part of the hospital’s
Palliative Care Consult Service. As a member of the team, the spiritual care provider
gives guidance and support to help patients cope with and plan around
a serious, progressive illness. This includes the challenges in medical
decision-making, which is often influenced by spiritual values and beliefs.
Our meditation room and interfaith chapel is located on the first floor
of the Wingate Building, behind the Wingate Lobby. It is always open and
serves as a quiet, peaceful place for prayer and meditation. You may access
it via the bridge on the second floor of the East Tower, or through the
Wingate building entrance. The volunteers at the information desk in the
hospital’s main lobby can provide directions.
Huntington Hospital also participates in the
No One Dies Alone program, providing comfort to patients in their final hours. The program
can be reached through Spiritual Care provider, or by calling
For many patients, shaking a furry paw or stroking a floppy ear can be
the best medicine. That’s why a volunteer program in pet-assisted
therapy (otherwise known as "PAT") brings patients and pets together.
Because the Pet Assisted Therapy animals are interactive, they provide
relief from long days or even weeks in the hospital. They help patients
to shift focus from discomfort to pleasure. Petting the dogs provides
sensory stimulation and a bit of exercise. The animals’ unconditional
love and attention help to forge fast, easy bonds with new friends. The
dogs brighten the day for just about everyone; patients, visitors and
Dogs have been a presence at our hospital since 1984. In 1987, the program
was expanded to over 33 teams of volunteers working with their own dogs.
Specially trained volunteers and dogs are available to visit patients in
all units (except maternity). With physician approval, patients can request
a PAT visit throughout the hospital, seven days a week.
For more information, please call:
Huntington Hospital is pleased to offer Reiki, an ancient practice that
uses energy to promote healing. Reiki volunteers offer their services
free of charge for patients.
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Ask your nurse for an appointment with a Reiki practicioner.
Palliative care is a specialized medical field that helps people who have
been diagnosed with a serious, progressive illness. It is appropriate
at any age and at any stage of an illness. We provide patients with relief
from the symptoms, pain, and stress with an ultimate goal of maximizing
quality of life for both the patient and their family.
It is important to know that palliative care can be provided along with
Click here to learn more about Palliative Care at Huntington Hospital, including answers to Frequently Asked Questions.