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Pastoral Care

​​​​Support for Patients

We believe spiritual care is an integral part of the healing process. We are committed to providing appropriate support to patients and families of a religious tradition or with spiritual needs not related to a particular faith tradition. Our chaplains are professionally trained to provide emotional support and spiritual assistance. Visits from your own faith leader are also encouraged. 

Chapel Hours

The Chapel at SSM Health St. Clare is open daily for prayer and meditation. The Chapel is located on the 1st floor adjacent to the main elevators.
Prayer & Meditation: Open 24 hours
Mass: 12-12:30 pm, second and fourth Wednesday of the month


Chaplain Services at SSM Health St. Clare

Available by request between 7:30 am - 4 pm 
Phone: 608-356-1511
After Hours: Dial "0" for assistance
*On-call chaplains are available for emergent situations during non-staffed hours. 

Reading and devotional materials from various religious traditions are available for patient and family use through the Pastoral Care office. Care Notes which provide information about coping with illness, grief and many other topics are also available in the Pastoral Care office and can be requested through a chaplain. 

How can a chaplain help?

  • Listening
  • Praying with you
  • Patient advocacy
  • Responding to your fear, anxiety and grief
  • Helping you to discover or use your faith resources
  • Providing sacraments
  • Assisting you with advance directives for health care
  • ​Addiction Recovery

Support Groups

  • Addiction Recovery - We explore together the interior resources of faith, hope and love that we need to be the best version of ourselves. 
    Offered six times per month at our SSM Health Treatment & Recovery Center.
  • Grief Support - We work through the difficulties that arise after the death of a loved one. Learn more​

Parish Nursing

The SSM Health St. Clare Parish Nurse Program coordinates health care resources for parishioners​ of area churches. Parish nurses are registered nurses who serve as members of a faith community promoting health. Learn more​