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Genesis Spiritual Care: a source of support for all

Genesis Spiritual Care: a source of support for all

Thursday, January 18, 2024


The Genesis Spiritual Care team provides spiritual and emotional support for patients, their families, the community and Genesis team members. This includes all religions and non-religious beliefs. Our commitment to delivering total care, including spiritual, is part of our longstanding traditions that come from the faith-based roots of Genesis’ founders, who started serving the area in the late 1800s. The team includes chaplains from diverse faith backgrounds who listen and help others find inner strength when dealing with challenges. 


The Spiritual Care team provides support during times of joy, suffering, calm and crisis. Spiritual Care Director Randall Gearheart said, “We believe healing takes place in the body, mind and spirit. Therefore, we offer an open and compassionate environment to support each person’s unique beliefs and practices. We support patients in drawing upon their unique beliefs and practices for comfort and strength.” 


Providing care to the whole person is an important aspect of the Genesis mission. To support the optimal health and well-being of the community, the following services are available: 

  • Crisis intervention 

  • Unbiased ear for those faced with a difficult decision 

  • Short-term individual counseling 

  • Religious sacraments, including communion and anointing of the sick 

  • Notifications for churches, synagogues or other faith communities for patients 

  • Memorial services 

  • Lay visitors and local clergy training 

  • Cultural diversity training 

  • Patient advocacy when needed 

  • No One Dies Alone (NODA) program 


Spiritual Care team members can also help with Advanced Directives, the legal documents that enable patients to state the kind of medical care they want if they are too ill or hurt to express their wishes. 


St. Francis Chapel at Genesis Hospital 

The St. Francis Chapel at Genesis is open 24/7 and available to everyone for prayer and reflection. Patients, team members and community members are invited to join in a celebration of Mass in the St. Francis Chapel at 7:15 a.m. every Friday. 


We’re here for everyone. Chaplains are available to community members by appointment. You can reach Genesis Spiritual Care Services at 740-454-5859


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