The Spiritual Care & Education Department of Mount Sinai West offers the support of highly trained chaplains for patients, their families, and caregivers during the unique challenges, uncertainties, and crises of hospitalizations. However you define your spirituality, our multi-faith staff is always ready to meet your emotional and faith-related needs with sensitive, respectful, and inclusive responses.
The scope of our services includes:
- One-on-one spiritual and emotional support
- Prayer, blessings, and rituals
- Meditation and guided imagery
- Religious literature
- Contact with your or your family’s faith community for sacramental services
- Counsel, as requested, in ethics consultations
Please contact us whenever you, as patient, family or caregiver:
- Feel alone with the burdens and issues of a diagnosis
- Do not have supportive family, friends or a faith group available
- Are preparing for a procedure or facing a surgery
- Have received a serious or unexpected diagnosis
- Are struggling with a treatment decision
- Are currently suffering from or have a history of trauma
- Are carrying grief, guilt, fears or other emotions that may affect the course of healing and recovery
- Are struggling to find meaning in your situation
- Are struggling to find or maintain hope
- Wish counsel from someone of your faith tradition
Mount Sinai West Chaplains
Rev. Meredith Lisagor, MDiv, BCC
Director, Department of Spiritual Care & Education
Rocky Walker, MDiv
Rabbi Jason Kirschner
Additional Spiritual Care & Education Accommodations at Mount Sinai West
- A multi-faith chapel, located on the second floor, is open at all hours, for respite and spiritual reflection or meditation. The space is also used for daily Muslim prayer, Jewish High Holiday services, and seasonal Christian services.
- A bikur cholim room, located on the second floor, Room 2B-31, is open to patients’ loved ones and caregivers at all hours for respite or light meals; Shabbos and High Holiday foods also provided.
- Volunteers from Lincoln Square Synagogue visit every Saturday.
- Kosher food for patients is available through Food & Nutrition Services. (Please consult with your physician before requesting.) For visitors, kosher food options are available in the One West Restaurant on the first floor, and at Café 58 in the main lobby.
To arrange a visit, you may ask your nurse to contact your unit’s chaplain.
The Spiritual Care & Education Department can be reached weekdays from 8:30 am to 5 pm at 212-523-6920. From 5 PM to 8:30 am and on weekends, ask your nurse to page the chaplain on-call.