Spiritual Health at Emory Healthcare

Spiritual Health can be an important part of healing and living. The department of Spiritual Health offers pastoral care of patients, residents, family and staff through:

• Visitation
• Devotionals and worship
• Consultation and referral
• Grief counseling
• Memorial Services
• Clinical pastoral education
• Community education on spiritual issues of aging
• Confidential individual consultation and referral
• Staff support groups
• Conflict resolution
• Continuing staff education on spiritual, ethical and moral issues.

At Emory University Hospital, our religious center and chapel are located on the second floor. A hospital chaplain is available to visit with patients and family members. You may reach the chaplain by calling 404-712-7200 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays. After 5 p.m. and on weekends, ask the operator to page 1-3002. Bibles and other spiritual resources are available in patient rooms or in the chaplain's office.

At Emory Crawford Long Hospital of Emory University, the pastoral services office and interdenominational chapel are located on the first floor of the Davis-Fischer Building. A hospital chaplain is available 24 hours a day to visit with patients and family members. You may reach the chaplain by calling 404-686-2408 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and asking the operator to page 1-1201. Devotional and inspirational literature is available in pastoral services' office.

Clinical and Organizational Ethics
In the fields of aging and health, conflicts and moral dilemmas force individuals, family members and health care workers to make difficult decisions. Wesley Woods is committed to assuming that all aspects of ethical dilemmas are valued and considered in our facilities and services. Clinical Ethics attempts to recognize and seek solutions to questions or moral dilemmas that arise in the care and treatment of patients and residents.

Ethics Committee
The Wesley Woods Ethics Committee is a group of Wesley Woods professionals appointed to discuss and seek solutions to ethical conflicts and dilemmas that arise in care giving. The Ethics Committee meets regularly and is made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, administrators and chaplains.

Contacting the Committee
When an ethical conflict or question cannot be resolved, the patient, resident, family member, and/or health care team member is invited to contact the Ethics Committee for assistance in their considerations. These conflicts may concern many issues; among them are mobility, feeding, care, treatment and resuscitation.

Any resident or patient or family member may contact a member of the Ethics Committee directly by calling 404-728-6466. Or they may ask a physician, nurse, social worker, chaplain, or administrator to assist them in contacting the committee member and explaining the ethical issue for which help is requested.

The Ethics Committee provides reflection on ethical dilemmas. Upon completion of deliberations the Committee will offer perspectives, opinions, and/or recommendations to those persons requesting the ethical consultation and making the ethical decision. The Ethics Committee is not a substitute for the patient/family/physician relationship or the traditional decision makers. Persons who are a part of the health care team (including patients or family members) affected by or considering an ethical concern are welcome to attend Committee discussions.

Other Functions
The Ethics Committee also may be consulted about educational programs, advance directive situations and corporate policy. It maintains a close working relationship with the University Center for Ethics in Public Policy and the Professions.