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Chaplaincy and Pastoral Education

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Welcome to Chaplaincy /Pastoral Education at Palmetto Health. The mission of our Chaplaincy department is a joint ministry of service (provision of pastoral care) and education (theological education as an accredited Association of Clinical Pastoral Education-ACPE-training site.) The role of the chaplain is a vital and well integrated component of the healthcare team and grounded in a rich history that values the spiritual and emotional health of our patients, families and staff. In addition to providing direct patient care 24/7, we also serve as an important liaison between the patient and his/her faith community. 

Chaplains are assigned to all clinical areas within Palmetto Health including community sites and Hospice, and also provide ministry to employees through support, prayer, ritual and education. Chaplains within the department range from Board Certified Professional Chaplains, Certified ACPE Supervisors/Pastoral Educators, CPE Residents, Fellows and Interns. At the Richland campus, we also train and utilize lay Stephen Ministers for patient care. Although our department is divided across the campuses and clinical sites of Palmetto Health, we are united in our mission and in our commitment to service and ministry.

Religious Diversity

Pastoral Care at Palmetto Health is offered in ways that respect the rich religious diversity represented in the patients, families, staff and communities to whom we minister and serve. In addition to direct patient and staff care and worship leadership, we also provide training for hospital staff to promote appreciation for our religiously diverse society. We strive to increase staff awareness of how each person's faith tradition and beliefs impact their healthcare decisions.

The Hope Line

If you have a prayer request for yourself, friends, patients or families, dial 296-4673 and leave a message. You do not need to mention names, if you so choose, but do mention the circumstance for the prayer; i.e., illness, strength, guidance in decision making, etc. This line is available 24 hours a day. Prayer requests are voiced in our morning staff devotions.


How to Contact a Chaplain

To request a visit from a chaplain at Palmetto Health Baptist, call the Chaplaincy office at (803) 296-5455 during regular business hours. On nights and weekends, call the hospital's main number: (803) 295-5010.

To request a visit from a chaplain at Palmetto Health Richland, call the Chaplaincy office at (803) 434-7555 during regular business hours. On nights and weekends, call the hospital's main number: (803) 434-7000.

To reach a chaplain for a Palmetto Health Homecare and Hospice patient in Columbia, call (803) 296-5455. Outside of Columbia, call the local Palmetto Health Homecare and Hospice office.