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Spiritual Care

Chaplains provide sensitive spiritual support for patients, families, and staff from all different faith backgrounds. Chaplains are spiritual care providers who meet people at their point of need for meaning, hope and support during trying times.

Consider asking to see a chaplain when you:

  • are experiencing anxiety or fear about your situation
  • are having difficulty sorting out your feelings
  • experience grief over a loss
  • would like someone to pray for you or pray with you
  • have a spiritual question
  • wish to receive the sacrament of the sick
  • are faced with a difficult decision
  • would like support for those who are supporting you during your illness
  • wish to speak with someone about your situation
  • need assistance completing advance directives

The Role of Chaplaincy in Healthcare

To learn more about the nature of spiritual care and how intrinsic it is to healthcare, read the white paper provided by the Association of Professional Chaplains. The paper establishes the relationship of spirituality and healthcare and outlines the various environments in which care is provided.

Advance Directives

Discover answers to questions when making decisions about end of life care in advance of need, click here. 

Locations & Contact

Spiritual Care Services are available at these hospital locations:

  • Ochsner Medical Center
  • Ochsner Baptist
  • Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
  • Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore
  • Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank

Ochsner Medical Center

1514 Jefferson Highway, New Orleans, LA 70121

Si necesita asistencia en español, por favor llame al 504-842-3719

At Ochsner Jefferson Highway, a chaplain is available every day, 24 hours a day by calling 504-842-3286. You may also ask your nurse to contact Spiritual Care and request a chaplain visit.

Spiritual Care Services

  • The Spiritual Care Department can provide information and assistance regarding additional faith tradition requests.
  • The Laurence and Kate Eustis Interfaith Chapel is a quiet and sacred space for prayer and meditation. It is located on the 1st floor near the Jefferson Highway entrance of the hospital.
  • Catholic Mass can be viewed weekdays on television on WLAE at 7:30 am followed by the Rosary at 8:00 am.
  • ​A Catholic priest is available for sacramental ministry and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion visits Sunday through Friday to offer communion.
  • Erev Shabbat Services at local synagogues can be found as follows:  
    • Temple Sinai, Friday's at 6:15 pm  via webstream at or radio at WRBH 88.3 FM
    • Congregation Gates of Prayer, Friday's at 8:00 pm and online 
    • Touro Synagogue, Friday's at 6:00 pm and online