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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Our chaplains provide comfort and support for patients of all faiths.

As a faith-based hospital whose mission is to extend the healing ministry of Christ to our community, we strive to meet our patients’ whole-person needs—meaning body, mind and spirit. We believe that spirituality plays an essential role in overall health. We also recognize that being in the hospital, or having a loved one in the hospital, can be a trying, anxious experience, and our Pastoral Care team is here to help. No matter your religious faith or background, they’re here to minister to your needs, whether you’d like someone to pray with or just need a shoulder to lean on.

Our Pastoral Care program is non-sectarian and respects every individual’s personal beliefs and faith traditions. If you are not active in a local church or faith congregation, we are happy to connect you to the local priest, minister, rabbi or other spiritual advisor of your choice.

For more information, or to speak with a spiritual advisor, call the Florida Hospital Waterman Pastoral Care Department today at (352) 253-3389.

The Chaplain

Our chaplains are ministers who specialize in caring for our patients and their families, as well as our employees. They’re here to provide emotional and spiritual support when you need it, particularly during times of crises. They minister to individuals of all different faith backgrounds—and those of with no religious affilliation—and are available daily for prayer, spiritual guidance, to listen or just to be a friend when you need one most.

Our Chapel

The tranquil, serene chapel at Florida Hospital Waterman is your sacred oasis, a place for prayer or meditation or simply somewhere you can close your eyes and step away from the stresses that so often accompany a loved one’s hospital stay. Our chapel is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for your convenience.

Worship Services

We provide a bi-monthly worship service, called Joy in the Morning, that is open to staff members, patients, visitors, physicians and our volunteers. This service consists of a special program and music designed to nurture our team’s spiritual needs so that they can provide superior care. Daily worship services are held Monday - Friday from 9 - 9:15 a.m. in the chapel located in the east atrium. Call Pastoral Care for more information, (352) 253-3389. 

Community Involvement

Our Pastoral Care Department is also involved in a wide array of community programs, including home health visitation, CREATION Health workshop, area clergy liaisons, area ministerial associations, and grief recovery seminars. Our participation in these programs is designed to establish bonds with our community that assist us in fulfilling our calling to extend the healing ministry of Christ, with love and respect toward all.

Support Groups

Grief and Loss Support Group

Offered throughout the year. Call Pastoral Care at (352) 253-3389 for upcoming sessions.

CREATION Health Center, Florida Hospital Waterman

Losing someone or something you care for deeply can be very difficult to deal with. All kinds of emotions and feelings come to the surface. While there is no right or wrong way to deal with a loss, there are healthy ways to help cope with the pain and sadness. While the grieving process takes time and is different for everyone, with caring support recovery and healing is possible. If you are grieving or have experienced a loss, join the grief and loss support group at Florida Hospital Waterman every Monday. Experienced and professional Bereavement Counselors from Cornerstone Hospice lead the group through the grief process with sensitivity and compassion. Please call Florida Hospital Waterman, Pastoral Care at (352) 253-3389 for questions and further information.

Visit our online spiritual care resource for spiritual support from professional healthcare chaplains.