The Spiritual Care Department is available for your spiritual and emotional support and to serve and respond to your requests. The HSS Chapel is located on the first floor of the main hospital and is open 24/7 for people of all faiths and religions.
Hospital for Special Surgery formally recognizes the role that spiritual support can play in coping with and recovering from physical illness. The chaplaincy services at HSS, which includes professional, board certified chaplains, is an integral part of the healthcare team. The chaplains are here to serve you - to provide emotional and spiritual support for everyone whatever is their faith or beliefs.
Professional chaplains are experts at helping people facing life-changing or life-limiting situations to use their own beliefs, values, and resources to find comfort, meaning, and hope. Chaplains do not impose their own beliefs or values, but rather support persons of all faiths, beliefs, traditions, and cultures.
Chaplains are always available to meet with families, patients, and staff concerning:
The Spiritual Care Department through its multifaith Chaplaincy Service:
The chapel at HSS is open to all religious preferences. It is open 24/7 and can be used for prayer and meditation. Bibles (in English and Spanish), prayer books, prayer rug, and care notes are available. The chapel is located on the 1st floor in main lobby of the Hospital.
Please see our neighborhood directory for information on local houses of worship.
HSS has an in house TV channel called HCCN-TV, channel 92 or 92.1, for meditation and relaxation. Chapel services are broadcast over the network with these available services along with other special programming not listed here:
Download the Jewish Spiritual Care brochure
Download the Muslim Spiritual Care brochure
Download the Spiritual Care brochure
This is a service of remembrance for staff, family members, and board members who mourn the loss of a loved one who has passed away in the previous year.
We hope to bring comfort and help to find meaning for patients, their loved ones and caregivers who are coping with the spiritual distress that accompanies illness and loss. We offer words of reflection, multifaith prayers and grief support.
The heath care ministry of the Dominican Friars of St. Catherine of Siena Church and Priory in New York is deemed one of the primary frontier centers in the world by the Dominican Order. The ministry's mission is to promote the dignity of the human person and the healthy ministry among parishioners, heath care professionals, patients, and their families through spiritual care, education, research, and ethics consultations at Hospital for Special Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, and Rockefeller University Hospital.
Lay ecclesial ministers are dedicated to serving their church and community. They are volunteers and are experienced in patient care. They visit the patients and make sure each patient can meet his or her spiritual needs everyday. We also have a dedicated group of students from Regis High School who serve as Eucharistic Ministers as part of their Christian Service.
The Spirituality Forum is an opportunity for all hospital employees to attend a one hour presentation about relevant spirituality and health topics. The Spirituality Forum brings in a new lecturer each year who is an expert in his or her field of study. Each lecturer gives his or her unique perspective on how spirituality and health topics interrelate in the healthcare profession.
Download the Spiritual Care Brochure.
HSS Chaplains are here to help anyone and everyone. Please feel free to contact us with any request or questions.
212.606.1188 (page operator)
Feel free to visit us:
1st Floor, Main Lobby of HSS
In an emergency situation, please dial "0" from a Hospital phone and the operator will page the chaplain immediately.
"Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred." – Christina Puchalski, MD – Our 2012 Spirituality Forum Speaker