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Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Care Team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to provide emotional and spiritual support to patients, families, and staff as all journey toward healing and wholeness. Professional chaplains bring ministry training and experience, as well as specialized clinical training to their role. Chaplains offer supportive spiritual care to ALL people – demonstrating an understanding of persons in distress, while respecting culture, beliefs, and traditions. Chaplains work closely with the interdisciplinary team providing care.

All patients are encouraged to notify their faith community that they are hospitalized, so that their own spiritual leaders know to visit. Churches and faith groups are welcome and encouraged to visit their own members who are patients, but are NOT permitted to visit randomly, room-to-room.

Chaplains respond to requests for those of ANY denomination or faith tradition. The ministry provided will be ecumenical and supportive. Patients and families often appreciate the support of a chaplain under circumstances such as the following:

  • struggling with acceptance of hospitalization or illness
  • facing surgery or another procedure
  • suffering trauma
  • facing life situations which seem to contribute to illness or complicate healing
  • searching for hope or meaning
  • seeking a ritual, such as communion or baptism
  • lacking supportive family, friends, or a faith community because they are not within visiting range
  • needing a Bible or other Sacred text

Sanford Chaplains are available 24 hours a day. To request a visit by a chaplain:

  • dial "0" – the operator will locate a chaplain for you
  • ask a nurse to contact a chaplain
  • call the Spiritual Care Office at 605-328-2760

PLEASE NOTE: All chaplains wear appropriate identification.

Catholic Ministry at Sanford

For patients who are Catholic, the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese provides the services of a Priest or Deacon. If you would like to see a Priest or Deacon, dial "0" or call the Spiritual Care Office at 605-328-2760.

The Memorial Garden and Chapel

The Memorial Garden and Chapel, located across from the hospital’s Main Cafeteria, offers a quiet, garden-like space for reflection and prayer. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You are welcome to visit at any time.

 Channel 3 ~ The Hope and Comfort Channel

The Channel is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on Patient View Channel 3. It consists of a variety of inspirational programming running from 3-4 minutes to 45 minutes in length. The Channel was developed as a way to extend a touch of spiritual care and support, connecting patients and families to sources of inspiration and reflection during their hospital stay. Over the years, scientists have discovered that spirituality plays an integral role in maintaining health and coping with the illness and loss that are a natural part of life. Patients and their families say the Channel helps ease their anxiety and gives them a sense of peace during difficult times.

The channel was made possible by the generosity and commitment of Roger and Sandra Haugo, honoring four generations of clergy family members who have played a significant role in the spiritual well-being of patients and families at Sanford USD Medical Center.

Sacred Space

A time of quiet reflection and prayer is offered Wednesdays at 2:30 pm in the Memorial Garden for all patients, families, staff, and visitors.

For Scripture


For Staying in Touch


For Daily Devotional Practices and Prayers of All Traditions


For Caregivers


For Steps Toward Health and Healing


Other Resources