Rhode Island Hospital

Chaplain Requests & Referrals


Patients and families of all faith traditions and no faith tradition can request a visit with a chaplain. Any member of the health care team can assist with making a referral.

People call on chaplains for a number of reasons.
Some of the most common are:

  • Apprehension about surgery
  • Overwhelming illness (diagnosis or prognosis)
  • Loneliness and isolation
  • Discouragement and despair
  • Helplessness and hopelessness
  • Loss of meaning and purpose
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Conflict with others
  • Facing change and loss
  • Struggling with the meaning of life
  • Feeling cut off from God
  • Grappling with questions about life and death
  • Needing the comfort of prayer or spiritual support
  • Needing support when deciding changes in code status
  • Working through the loss of a loved one
  • Facing ethical dilemmas

Other situations when a chaplain may be called include:

  • During a Code Blue or other crisis situation
  • When a patient is near death, or has died
  • When a patient wishes to receive the Eucharist/Communion or the Sacrament of Reconciliation/Confession
  • If a patient or family member asks for the Sacrament of Healing/Anointing
    of the Sick
  • If a patient or family wants their local clergy person contacted
  • When other types of spiritual care are needed
  • For staff support

Chaplains can be reached Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 401-444-4746 or by calling the call center at 401-444-5108. During weekday nights and weekends, an on-call multi-faith chaplain can be reached for emergencies by calling the Call Center at 401-444-5108.