What Chaplains Do

What Chaplains Do

Chaplains provide respectful, spiritual, and emotional care to people of all faiths and spiritualities, including those who identify themselves as nonreligious or nonspiritual. We will talk with you in a supportive and inquiring manner, rather than impose a perspective on you. We are always available for urgent needs.

How We Care for Patients and Families

Illness can be a painful, frightening, and isolating experience full of uncertainties and loss. Sometimes illness can push one to the point of experiencing spiritual and emotional chaos, pain, and distress. But it can also be an opportunity to celebrate, change, and experience expressions of being cared for in new ways.

As chaplains, we welcome the opportunity to be:

  • A companion on your journey
  • An empathic listener
  • A conversational partner as you seek, question, or explore
  • A comforter as you grieve
  • A sounding board as you make tough decisions
  • A conversational partner to talk about dying, death, and afterlife
  • A celebrator when you have good news
  • A provider of religious rituals such as anointing, communion, prayer, and blessings
  • A resource for inspirational literature, sacred texts, meditation tapes
  • A connector to a local faith community.  See places of worship in our Guide to Seattle

Who We Are

SCCA staff chaplains are certified chaplains. This means that we are accountable to the institution, to a national certifying body, and to a particular faith tradition. Minimal requirements are a professional master’s degree in theological studies, one year of full-time clinical education in a health care setting, and endorsement by a faith group. We follow a code of ethics that requires respectful care for all people.

  • Stephen King, manager
  • Mia Baumgartner, staff chaplain
  • Deanna Drake, staff chaplain
  • Michelle Todd, staff chaplain
  • JoAn Choi, Catholic chaplain
  • Jennifer Banks, per diem chaplain

Contact a Chaplain

For more information, or to speak with a chaplain, call (206) 288-1099 or e-mail pastoral@seattlecca.org.

We are committed to responding to every referral in a timely manner and making follow-up visits with patients and family members on a regular basis. Because we are unable to visit every SCCA patient, we rely upon patients, families, friends, and faith communities to let us know about someone who would benefit from our visit.