Pastoral Care & Support

Premier Health Pastoral Care aims to build a healthier community by working both within the hospital’s walls and outside of them. Within our facilities, we work to promote the holistic well-being of our patients, families and staff. We offer communion, baptism, anointing of the sick and discussion of concerns about procedures or medical decisions.  We also work in the community to educate and empower individuals seeking spiritual well-being and spiritual care-giving skills. 

Chapels & Worship

All Premier Health hospitals have chapels available for the use of our patients, families, and staff.  These chapels are quiet places to meditate or pray and are open to all.  Service times vary by facility.

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

HEAL (Help Endure a Loss) Program

Losing a child is one of the most devastating things that can happen to a family; the parents often feel as if they can’t survive the death. The HEAL (Help Endure a Loss) Program is a support system available to assist families by offering comfort and reassurance in dealing with a loss of this magnitude.

Whether it’s a miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal or childhood death, HEAL team members—which include Registered Nurses specially trained in bereavement support, as well as volunteers with grief support experience—help families deal with the many issues that accompany such a loss. A chaplain is available for baptism of any deceased infant if requested by the family.

Offered through:  Atrium Medical Center

Advance Directives

While it may be difficult to think about, it’s important to plan ahead and document your future medical wishes now, in case you someday become unable to speak for yourself. This not only spares your loved ones from having to make difficult decisions in the future but gives you the peace of mind that your wishes will be honored.

Premier Health Pastoral Care staff is available to assist you in completing your advance directives forms.

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital, Atrium Medical Center, Upper Valley Medical Center

Pet Therapy Programs

Premier Health uses pet therapy dogs to cheer up our pet-loving patients and their family members.  Certified pet therapy animals and their handlers visit patients, family members and staff throughout the hospital.

Why does Premier Health make pet therapy available for our patients and their family members?

  • Pets make us laugh and smile
  • Pets provide wonderful tactile stimulation
  • Pets trigger the relaxation response
  • Pets can provide a distraction from an otherwise boring, painful or difficult day
  • Pets offer unconditional love

Offered through:  Miami Valley Hospital

Content Updated: July 17, 2018

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