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Spiritual Care


The Spiritual Care Department provides compassionate care and emotional support to the patients, families, and staff of Florida Hospital New Smyrna, regardless of religious affiliation. The staff chaplain, spiritual care volunteers, and volunteer on-call chaplains work together with hospital staff and embrace the Planetree Model of patient-centered care.

The Planetree approach is holistic and encourages healing in all dimensions — mental, emotional, spiritual and social, as well as physical. Florida Hospital New Smyrna is proud to be a Planetree Affiliate Member. Planetree has been a pioneer in personalizing, humanizing, and demystifying the health care experience for patients and their families. The Planetree Model is patient-centered rather than hospital-focused, and is committed to improving care from the patient’s perspective.

Meditation Room

An inter-faith meditation room is open 24/7, providing a safe place for spiritual needs such as prayer, reading, reflecting, time for silence, or worship. The meditation room is available to patients, family members, or staff, and is located on the first floor in the Tower Patient lobby.

Community Clergy

Florida Hospital New Smyrna values spiritual care as a significant element of the healing process and appreciate community clergy in joining us in our work. We welcome all area clergy to extend spiritual care to people of their own community when they become hospitalized.

On-Call Clergy

The Florida Hospital New Smyrna Spiritual Care Department maintains a working relationship with volunteer clergy of various faiths that may be contacted for patient visits or family member consults upon request. The staff chaplain of Florida Hospital New Smyrna is also available 24/7. If you are a patient, family member, or concerned friend, and would like to request a visit from a Spiritual Care Volunteer or Chaplain, please direct your request to a nurse.

On-call Volunteer Chaplains are ordained clergy, available for:

  • Hospital visitation after regular business hours
  • Crisis intervention
  • Emotional and spiritual resource in times of crisis
  • Advocating patient and family needs after regular business hours

Spiritual Care Volunteers

Whatever your spiritual preference, Spiritual Care Volunteers at Florida Hospital New Smyrna can provide spiritual and emotional support for you, your family and friends during your hospital stay. Our Spiritual Care Volunteers are trained and supervised by the Florida Hospital New Smyrna’s Spiritual Care Department, led by our Staff Chaplain.

Spiritual Care Volunteers are parishioners, lay ministers, and ordained clergy, happy to:

  • Help you obtain information when needed
  • Contact your minister upon request
  • Be empathetic listeners
  • Be supportive and compassionate
  • Visit you during regular business hours

If you or someone you know may be interested in becoming a Spiritual Care Volunteer and/or On-call Chaplain at Florida Hospital New Smyrna, please call the Spiritual Care Department at 386-424-3840 for more information.