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Pastoral Care Frequently Asked Questions

Does the chaplain call your church when you are admitted?

Due to patient confidentiality regulations, the Pastoral Care department does not routinely call the churches of our patients. If you want your churchinformed, call the pastoral care office or let the chaplain know.

When are chaplains available?

Chaplians are available at the hospital from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Friday, and from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. A chaplain ison call at all other times.

What if I am not Catholic?

St. Elizabeth’s Hospital is a Catholic hospital. But we are committed to ministering to the spiritual needs of all persons, regardless of their religious background. The Pastoral Care department has an ecumenical staff that includes Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox clergy and lay persons, and works closely with many religious faiths to facilitate their ministry at St. Elizabeth’s.

What are Advanced Directives?

These are forms that all you to express your healthcare and end-of-life wishes and give you a way to ensure those wishes are carried out. The State of Illinois has three Advanced Directive forms:

1) Living Will (English PDF, Spanish PDF),
2) Power of Attorney for Healthcare (English PDF, Spanish PDF), and
3) Do not resuscitate.

All of these forms are available through the Pastoral Care office.

What is a Living Will?

A Living Will states that when a person has an incurable, irreversible condition where death is imminent, family and physicians should not prolong the dying process, but should provide comfort care. In Illinois, you can be put on life support if the criteria described above are not met – even if you have a Living Will.

What is Power of Attorney for Healthcare?

The Power of Attorney for Healthcare allows a person to appoint someone to make their healthcare choices when they are incapacitated. The form also includes a section where you can provide general and specific guidelines that should be followed while carrying out your wishes.

Will these forms be honored elsewhere?

The forms used by St. Elizabeth's Hospital are valid anywhere in the State of Illinois. While there is no guarantee that healtchare facilites outside of Illinois will honor them, in most cases they will.