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Pastoral care for patients, family and staff

Heal the sick ...
Freely ye have received, freely give ...

In 1881, Norton Healthcare’s founders engraved these words on the cornerstone of the first Norton Hospital. Today, Norton Healthcare continues this important work of healing and self-giving service to those in need.

Norton Healthcare came into being because churches believed that healing the sick and injured and caring for the dying was an essential part of their Christian calling. Norton Healthcare’s mission statement reflects this commitment: "Norton Healthcare's purpose is to provide quality health care to all those we serve, in a manner that responds to the needs of our communities and honors our faith heritage."

The mission of the Norton Healthcare Pastoral Care Department is to promote spiritual health and deliver timely, competent spiritual care to patients, their families and staff. We do this through the work of our staff chaplains, our resident and intern chaplains and our Clinical Pastoral Education program.

While you or a family member or friend are a patient in one of our hospitals stay, please know that Norton Healthcare Chaplains are available to you and your loved ones 24 hours a day to provide, among other things:

  • Emotional and spiritual support, regardless of your faith or beliefs
  • Prayer, baptisms, blessings, anointing and help with contacting your local clergy or someone from your faith tradition—as you request
  • A caring listener
  • A comforting  and encouraging presence to patients and their families
  • Assisting patients and families with end of life decisions, including advance directives
  • Providing written and printed religious and spiritual resources
  • Help for patients and families in dealing with loss

If you would like to talk with a chaplain, ask a staff member to contact one of our chaplains or call an operator at one of the numbers listed below:

Norton Hospital, Norton Healthcare Pavilion and Kosair Children’s Hospital:  (502) 629-8000
Norton Audubon Hospital:  (502) 636-7111
Norton Brownsboro Hospital:  (502) 446-8000
Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital:  (502) 893-1000

For prayer and quiet reflection, you are welcome to visit the various chapels in each of the Norton Healthcare hospitals. You are invited to use the prayer cards to leave your prayer requests in the chapel.


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