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Tanner Chaplain Services

Pastoral care in your time of need

At Tanner Health System, we realize that a hospital stay can be a frightening, anxious and lonely experience. During this time of need, Tanner chaplains are available to provide spiritual and emotional support to patients and their families and friends.

Our chaplains meet the spiritual needs of our patients through listening to their concerns and hopes and exploring ways they can feel connected to their source of strength and meaning. By offering a calm, non-judgmental presence, chaplains are able to provide a safe place for patients to talk about what matters to them.

Prayer and administering the sacraments, bereavement care and spiritual counsel — as well as discussion surrounding advance directives — are some of the ways that chaplains attend to the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

Notifying Outside Clergy

Tanner chaplains can contact outside clergy upon request by a patient or family member in the event that the chaplain is unable to administer particular sacraments or rituals or if the patient requests the presence of their own clergyperson.

Chapel and Spirutual Care Resources

Most Tanner Health System facilities have a chapel or quiet space devoted to spiritual care. These spaces are open 24 hours a day for use by our patients, families and staff. Special services may also be conducted in our chapel. Sacred texts and other spirutual literature are available upon request or can be found in the chapel.

Contacting a Chaplain

During regular business hours, our staff chaplains can be contacted at 770.812.9461.

After regular business hours and on weekends, dial "0" and the operator will page the on-call chaplain.


Inspire! is a group for patients and others who have been confronted or touched by an illness, a diagnosis or have been hospitalized for care. At Inspire!, participants have an opportunity to set aside their diagnosis and creatively express themselves and share their journey with others. Participants will learn about creative self-expression while exploring various art forms, such as crafts, film, liternature, music, painting, poetry, scriptural passages and more. Tanner Chaplain Joannah Cook MDiv, BCC, facilitates the group's meetings. If you are interested in joining Inspire! or have questions, contact Cook at 770.836.9461 or by email at jocook@tanner.org.

More information is available in Patient Information for Tanner's other support groups.

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