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Spiritual Care Services

Spiritual care in Fargo, N.D., is a ministry of compassion and care that focuses on a person’s spiritual, emotional, physical, mental and social well-being. Providing support for patients and families of all religious backgrounds is an important part of healing at Sanford Fargo Medical Center.

Chaplains are part of our health care team in Fargo, N.D., and are available to encourage patients, their loved ones, staff members and the community to draw upon their spiritual resources.

Available spiritual care services in Fargo, N.D., include:

  • Listening to and assisting patients in finding meaning in their health care experience
  • Offering compassion and support in the midst of injury, illness, and frightening life changes
  • Caring for the whole person—help in responding to the basic human question, “Will I be okay?”
  • Supporting health and healing by working closely with the interdisciplinary team
  • Demonstrating a caring, nonjudgmental presence with people in their time of need
  • Providing prayer, devotions, scripture, rituals and sacraments when appropriate
  • Contacting places of worship and clergy or spiritual leaders when requested
  • Consulting on ethical issues and health care decisions when necessary

Healing garden: This lovely garden is a place for patients and families to refresh and find peace. It is located outside the main entrance of the Downtown Broadway Medical Center in Fargo, N.D.

C.A.R.E. Channel on TV: Ask your nurse to help you locate this on-demand resource that offers music, guided imagery and other relaxation tools.

Internet resources: There are a growing number of excellent resources available online through your smart phone, tablet or computer. For instance, a helpful Bible resource is called “You Version.”

Devotional or worship resources: Bibles, rosaries and other devotional materials from a variety of faith traditions are available upon request. Ask your nurse to contact the chaplain on-call to assist with obtaining these resources to support your spiritual care needs. To listen to a brief phone devotional message from one of our chaplains, call (701) 234-5160.

Maintaining connections with your minister

Your pastor, priest, spiritual leader and other pastoral staff (i.e. faith community/parish nurses) want to provide support to you while you are in the hospital. and after you are discharged. We need your permission to facilitate their visits. 

If you identify your congregation by name and community, we can enter this information into your electronic medical record. With this permission, your clergy member will be given your room number after checking in at Guest Services.

We also encourage patients and/or family members to call their parish office directly regarding a hospital admission.

How to reach a chaplain

Chaplains are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you desire the ministry of a Catholic priest or a spiritual leader from another faith tradition, please ask the chaplain for assistance. Also, if you would like your personal pastor or priest to know of your stay in the hospital, you may ask the chaplain for assistance.

Request a visit from a chaplain at any time by:

  • Asking your nurse to contact a chaplain.
  • Dialing “0” to ask the operator to locate a chaplain for you.
  • Calling the Spiritual Care office at (701) 234-6980.

Spiritual care services volunteers

Specially trained volunteers are available to address your spiritual needs. A spiritual care volunteer may visit you during your hospital stay. If prayer or scripture gives you comfort and strength, feel free to ask the volunteer to read scripture to you or to pray with you or for you. With your permission, these volunteers can connect you with the hospital chaplains or your local pastor or priest. 

Spiritual care resources 

Sacred space: An interfaith chapel is available on both campuses 24 hours a day for private prayer, meditation or reflection. The chapel at South University is located near the main entrance. 

The chapel at Broadway Medical Center is located near Mill’s Avenue Pharmacy on the lower level. Times for worship services are posted near each chapel.

Clinical pastoral education

The Sanford Spiritual Care department offers an interfaith, professional educational program for the development of ministry skills.  Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) brings graduate-level theological students and ministers of all faiths into supervised encounters with those in crisis. Out of an intense involvement with those in need, and the feedback from peers and teachers, CPE participants develop new awareness of themselves as persons and of the needs of those to whom they minister. From theological reflection on specific human situations, they gain a new understanding of ministry. Within the interdisciplinary team process of helping, they develop skills in interpersonal and inter-professional relationships.

Sanford Health Fargo is accredited to offer CPE Programs (Levels I and II Outcomes) as a Satellite of the Good Samaritan Society—Specialty Care Community of Robbinsdale, Minnesota, an Accredited Center of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, One West Court Square, Suite 325, Decatur, GA 30030, Phone: 404-320-1472

For more information on CPE visit the ACPE website

To inquire further about CPE at Sanford Health in Fargo, contact Chaplain Bruce Nelson at (701) 234-5811 or bruce.richard.nelson@SanfordHealth.org.