Pastoral Care

Providing Spiritual and Emotional Support

This page features information on Pastoral Care services at Albany Medical Center.

Whether you or a loved one is sick or undergoing a medical procedure, you may find strength in sharing your concerns with a chaplain. We provide compassionate spiritual and emotional support to people of all faiths, or of no particular faith. Our staff chaplains are available to serve patients, families, friends, and hospital staff.

We are confidential listeners and spiritual advisors. We are here to listen to you, pray with you, connect you with the spiritual resources you may need, and care for your spiritual well-being.

Learn more about pastoral care services at Glens Falls Hospital and Saratoga Hospital.

Spiritual Community
We welcome visiting clergy and other members of your faith community. It is helpful if you inform your religious leader of your hospitalization; we can assist with this.

Holy Communion
A group of dedicated lay Eucharistic ministers from local Catholic churches assist in offering holy communion, along with our chaplains.

Chaplains are able to offer baptism when the need is immediate and critical.

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick
This service is available to Roman Catholic and Episcopalian patients. Non-sacramental anointing is available to patients of other traditions.

End-of-Life Spiritual Care
Chaplains are available to consult with patients and families and offer religious and non-religious support.

Support for Staff
Chaplains are available to help staff members process difficult situations.

Prayer Services
Community Healing Prayer
Fridays, Noon.
Marcelle Chapel
B Building, Basement Level

Muslim Jummah Prayer
Fridays, 1 p.m.
ME 747

Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

An on-call Chaplain is available 24/7, with some exceptions. Ask a staff member for assistance.

The Marcelle Chapel is open 24 hours for quiet reflection and prayer.

We welcome individuals with at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education to volunteer their services as chaplains. We also welcome Eucharistic Ministers from local Roman Catholic churches to bring Eucharist to parishioners while they are hospitalized.

For more information, contact Volunteer Services at 518-262-3491.

Albany Medical College offers Clinical Pastoral Education, an interfaith professional education program, as part of our commitment to quality health care education.

Learn more about Clinical Pastoral Education at Albany Medical College.