Spiritual support and guidance are part of our healing tradition

Faith and healing are deeply rooted within the fabric of the Tri-Lakes community. Adirondack Health's Pastoral Care services provide caring and compassionate resources to assist our patients and families with ethical and end-of-life decision making. This spiritual support and guidance builds on our legacy of healing and continues our tradition of holistic, individualized, resident-centered care.

The role of a chaplain:
Our Chaplains are readily available to provide spiritual support and assist with special arrangements, such as Advance Directives, in a time of need. Professional chaplains possess clinical pastoral assessment skills and provide spiritual care, grounded in a theological foundation, to persons who are suffering in mind, body and spirit.

Professional chaplains serve on an interdisciplinary clinical team, and represent the presence of the Sacred to patients, residents, families, staff and the local community. By meeting spiritual needs, our Chaplains enable people to draw upon the strength of their faith to face the challenges in their lives.

When is a chaplain needed:
Chaplains, representing a broad range of religious denominations, are available to offer spiritual support and assist patients, residents and their families with the challenges that arise from illness and hospitalization. While the staff at Adirondack Health is highly trained to recognize the stress or concerns that can arise in a health care setting, our Chaplains are available for one-on-one counseling to help in a time of crisis or grief.

Father Steve Kovacevich, D.Min., BCC, Director of Pastoral Care, Adirondack Medical Center & Mercy Living Center