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Spiritual Care

It is important for us to take care of all aspects of our patients, which is why Spiritual Care services at SAMC ministers to your religious and spiritual needs. We offer spiritual care to anyone who comes through our doors, including patients, their families and loved ones and SAMC team members. Our clinically trained chaplains are grounded in a variety of religious traditions and trained to be helpful to, and respectful of, those of all faiths, as well as those who may not be comfortable with religious beliefs.

Chaplains can help if you are experiencing sadness, loneliness, stress or anxiety. They can also help in the resolution of conflicts or communication issues with family or staff and support you as you work your way through new or difficult experiences and make important decisions about your health and care. Chaplains are also available to provide for any cultural needs that you may have during your stay in the hospital and provide prayer, communion, anointing and other observances upon request.

Full-time SAMC chaplains are board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). This means that they have completed a master’s level degree, completed at least four units of clinical pastoral education, and are ordained and endorsed to chaplaincy by a recognized religious community.

SAMC spiritual caregivers are available on-site or on-call throughout the week. To speak with an SAMC chaplain or clergy volunteer, please use the information provided below:

For calls placed inside the hospital: Ext. 8718
For calls placed outside the hospital: 334-793-8718

You can also ask your doctor or nurse for a referral to Spiritual Care.

Recognized representatives of local religious groups and congregations provide spiritual care to patients of SAMC and their significant others through participation in the Spiritual Care Clergy Volunteer Program. This program is open to ministers and laypersons of any religious heritages or traditions called to provide culturally appropriate spiritual care in the hospital setting.

Clergy volunteers are available to patients who request visits from a minister or spiritual caregiver. They also provide support upon request for families and community members who visit our Emergency Department. In these and other ways, clergy volunteers serve to ensure that SAMC patients and families always have access to spiritual support systems appropriate to their own beliefs and values. Every participant in our Clergy Volunteer Program receives orientation to SAMC and onsite training in basic spiritual assessment under the supervision of a board certified chaplain.

If you would like more information regarding the SAMC Clergy Volunteer Program, please contact the office of SAMC Spiritual Care at 334-793-8178. Applications are available to download using the Volunteer Application link.

No one is born alone, and in the best of circumstances, no one dies alone. Yet from time to time terminally ill patients come to SAMC who do not have family or close friends to be with them as they near the end of life.

No One Dies Alone is a Spiritual Care volunteer program at SAMC that provides the reassuring presence of a volunteer companion to dying patients who would otherwise be alone. Companions come from every walk of life and receive orientation and training onsite in preparation for service.

If you would like more information regarding the SAMC NODA program, please contact the office of SAMC Spiritual Care at 334-793-8178. Applications are available download using the Volunteer Application link.

If you are interested in volunteering as a Clergy Volunteer or NODA Companion at SAMC, please call 334-793-8178 or download the application below.

Adult Volunteer Application

Please mail the completed forms to:
SAMC Volunteers Department
1108 Ross Clark Circle
Dothan, AL 36301

You may also deliver the completed packet to the Information Desk, located at Entrance 3.