Chaplain services respect people of all religions, all faiths, spiritual practices, and cultural diversity.

A Winona Health Chaplain is available 24 hours to provide counseling, comfort and spiritual care for patients, family, visitors, and staff. This service includes empathetic listening to your concerns, perform rites/rituals/ceremonies for your spiritual needs and provide resources to support your coping skills.

  • Stress, anxiety, fears, hope related to a diagnosis of an illness
  • Emergency, crisis situations
  • Pre or post surgery
  • Rehabilitation after injury, surgery, or medical treatments
  • Grief… anticipatory grief and bereavement concerns
  • Routine visits when someone wants to talk
  • Advocacy and mediation to support patient’s religious beliefs and spiritual practices relevant to their health decisions and treatment procedures
  • Ethics consults
  • Education for healthcare providers
  • Information to assist you to contact your personal religious leader
  • Ritual supplies consistent with your practices (Rosary, beads, brass Singing Bowl, rug, candles)
  • Prayer booklet
  • Religion literature available for all faiths (e.g. Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, etc.)
  • Communion, Eucharist, The Lord’s Supper for Christians
  • Worship services in Tranquility Chapel, and on CCTV Channel 71
  • Meditation room for quiet space (first floor next to gift shop)
  • Meditation music and relaxation imagery on CCTV Channel 76
  • Advocacy and mediation to support your religion beliefs and rituals within the healthcare system when needed

Winona Health’s Chaplain Services office is on the first floor of Winona Health, just inside the front entrance. The chaplains welcome people to drop in with questions, and they have many helpful resources available.

Chaplain Services

Chaplains facilitate grief groups in Hospice Care and in Lake Winona Manor and Senior Living at Watkins.

  • Hand prints of the deceased patient/resident are made available to families.
  • Follow up phone calls are made to families who had a loved one in Hospice Services.
  • Memorial Services remembering those who received care are celebrated several times during the year through Hospice Services and Lake Winona Manor.
Chaplains offer a variety of Bible studies weekly in Lake Winona Manor, Senior Living at Watkins and the memory care houses, meeting the needs of persons at each level of care.
The chaplains select the religious music and relaxation DVDs that comprise the basic programming on channel 71. All religious services offered in Tranquility Chapel are televised.
Helping seniors in Lake Winona Manor pull together the meaning of their lives, the chaplains facilitate weekly a memories group. Each session has a different focus, where participants are invited to share memories from their life experiences.
The chaplains train and coordinate the compassionate volunteers in the “No One Dies Alone” program offered to patients of the hospital and residents in Lake Winona Manor.
Chaplains respond to pastoral referrals from the medical staff, family members and spiritual leaders in the community with one-on-one visits with patients and residents. All Hospice patients and their families have regularly scheduled one-on-one visits for support.
For many, illness is more than a physical crisis, it is often a spiritual crisis. At Winona Health we know how important spirituality is in general well-being, coping with illness, aging and death.

The chaplains of Winona Health are available to assist patients, residents and family members, regardless of religious preference or beliefs, as they search for meaning and support.

Our chaplaincy staff have a minimum of a master’s degree in theology from a university or seminary. In addition, are professionally trained with 1 or 2 years of Clinical Pastoral Education.

They respond 24 hours a day in the hospital, Lake Winona Manor, and Hospice Services to meet the many and varied needs of those served.

The chaplain’s role is not necessarily a problem-solving task. It is rather one of helping people integrate what is happening to them, as well as their relationship to God and others.Chaplains are skilled at listening and supporting at spiritual and emotional levels. A ministry of presence and acceptance, guides the chaplain’s visits.

Both Meditation Chapel (located near the front entrance to the hospital) and Tranquility Chapel (located near the front entrance to Lake Winona Manor) are always open. They provide patients, residents and family members a quiet place for prayer and reflection.

All services are televised on the Chapel Channel, channel 71.

In the Department of Behavioral Medicine chaplains facilitate twice weekly spirituality groups with patients.
What you can expect from a Chaplain:

  • Confidentiality
  • Active and compassionate listening
  • Prayer and other spiritual resources
  • Bereavement care
  • Information about support groups
  • Collaboration with your pastor or priest and faith community
Chaplains schedule area clergy as well as lead worship services in Tranquility Chapel and Senior Living at Watkins, which includes a monthly “hymn sing” with area organists providing accompaniment. Chaplains also conduct funerals for Lake Winona Manor residents and Hospice patients who do not have a spiritual care giver.

For more information:

Hospital Chaplain:
Hospice Chaplain:
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