Consult our Chaplaincy Services for spiritual healing.
In times of illness, crisis, or grief, many people turn to their religious beliefs for help and strength. Hancock Health recognizes the importance of spiritual well-being to overall healing, and our Chaplaincy Services staff provides support to patients, family, staff, and physicians.
Our chaplains recognize and respect the religious beliefs of all in our community, and they’ll work with clergy and congregations to facilitate services for their members. Email Russ Jarvis or contact us to learn more.
Hancock Health has enjoyed a full-time Chaplaincy Services Department since 1995. Staff chaplains and volunteers provide routine contact with all patients, and provide follow-up services for those with identified needs. Emergency response during nights and weekends is also available.
Additionally, individual chaplains have assigned responsibility for:
- Women and children (Andis Unit and James Anderson Women’s Center)
- Oncology (Sue Wortman Cancer Center)
- Geriatric psychology (Reflections)
For more information, please call (317) 468-4500 or email Lead Chaplain Russ Jarvis.
The Hope Chapel is located on the first floor near the Cardiovascular Services waiting area. This interfaith chapel provides a quiet place for reflection and prayer 24 hours a day. Special services are held in the chapel during religiously significant holidays.
Care Notes are professionally produced pamphlets with information on topics that include grieving well, talking to children about illness, aging, depression, and other spiritual and emotional concerns. These pamphlets are available in the hospital Chapel and the second floor Cancer Center waiting area.
The C.A.R.E. Channel
Channel 10 improves the patient experience by providing environmental programming as an alternative to commercial television. Beautiful, natural imagery combines with soothing instrumental music to offer respite for confined patients and anxious family members. The channel is talk-free, commercial-free, and suitable for patients of any age, gender, or cultural background.
Critical Incident Stress Team (CISM)
In conjunction with other agencies around the county, Hancock Regional Hospital offers “emotional first aid” to those who experience trauma as a consequence of conducting their work responsibilities. For example, healthcare workers, fire and rescue personnel, law enforcement, industrial workers, and school personnel qualify. To learn more, call (317) 468-4500.
Currently, our staff consists of Russel Jarvis, Senior Chaplain, Brenda Green, Chaplaincy Services Secretary, eight Assistant Chaplains, and one volunteer.
Hancock Health chaplains are available for one-on-one grief counseling. They also conduct funeral services for families who do not have personal clergy. For the current schedule of grief support groups held at the hospital, please call (317) 468-4500.
Some local funeral homes provide follow-up care for their clients and the general public, including:
- Erlewine Mortuary, (317) 467-4918
- Stillinger Family Funeral Home, (317) 462-5536
- Seals Funeral Home, (317) 485-5144
- Condo and Son Funeral Home, (765) 781-2435
Some local churches also offer in-house grief support groups:
- Park Chapel Christian Church, (317) 462-4513
- Cross of Grace Lutheran Church, (317) 861-0977
- Shirley Christian Church, (765) 738-6365
- St. James Lutheran Church, (317) 462-7340
- Michael’s Catholic Church, (317) 462-4240
Chaplaincy is a time-honored profession. And the role of chaplaincy continues to expand—it now includes business, industry, educational systems, assisted living communities, sports, and more.
If you’d like to learn more, here are some resources to help:
- The Association of Professional Chaplains
- The Healthcare Chaplaincy Network
- Marketplace Chaplains
- Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
- Chaplains (Documentary, 2015)