Pastoral services

Spiritual care for people of all faiths

Pastoral Care fulfills the spiritual dimension of the Duke Medicine mission. As members of the health care team at Duke, our staff provides counseling and support to patients, families, caregivers, visitors, and staff throughout Duke University Health System.

Pastoral services are available at all Duke Medicine hospitals any time of day or night. We provide support, guidance, and someone to listen when you or a loved one is in need. Whether you’re facing a sudden health challenge or end-of-life decisions, need guidance on ethical decision-making, or need a place to focus on prayer and meditation, we’re here for you. 

  • Multi-faith chapels for prayer, meditation, and reflection
  • Facilitation and support of religious practices of all faiths 
  • 24-hour on-call chaplain for health emergencies
  • Access to community chaplains from many faiths
  • Weekly religious and spiritual health programming
  • Multi-faith pastoral care and emotional support 
  • Guidance in dealing with health challenges of any type
  • Advocacy for patients and staff
  • Crisis intervention
  • Advice on ethical issues
  • Consultations on end-of-life decisions and advanced directives

Requesting chaplain services

Hospital policy includes notifying the on-call chaplain for every death and Code Blue (cardiac or respiratory distress). For other needs, hospital staff will gladly page a chaplain, or you can contact us at the phone numbers below:

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Duke University Hospital:

Weekdays: 919-684-3586
Evenings/Weekends: 919-684-8111
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Duke Raleigh Hospital:

Weekdays: 919-954-3268
Evenings/Weekends: call your nurse
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Duke Regional Hospital:

Weekdays: 919-470-5363
Evenings/Weekends: call your nurse
Facility schedules and information