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Frequently Asked Questions about Spiritual Care Services at
University of Colorado Hospital

Is there a chapel at University of Colorado Hospital, and is it open?

Yes and yes. The chapel is located in the lobby of the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion. It is open 24 hours a day, every day.

At this time, the chapel is not available to the general public.

The chapel is open to our patients, their families and friends; and people who work here, faculty, students, and staff.

All are welcome to use the chapel for personal meditation and prayer regardless of private or expressed faith.

Are there chapel services at University of Colorado Hospital?

Yes. Each Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. a service led by a hospital chaplain is held in the chapel. Special services are held for Christian holidays. Other faith and cultural celebrations are recognized as well.

The chapel is available for special services such as:

  • Weddings
  • Baptisms
  • Memorial services
  • Rituals celebrated within various religious and faith communities

Chapel space can be reserved by:

  • Patients
  • Patient families
  • Patient caregivers
  • Employees of University of Colorado Hospital
  • Employees of University Physicians
  • Faculty, staff, and students of University of Colorado Denver| Anschutz Medical Campus.

For information regarding the use of the Chapel, contact the Department of Spiritual Care Secretary, Betsy Benjamin, elizabeth.benjamin@uchealth.org

Who can use the chapel at University of Colorado Hospital?

  • Patients
  • Patient families
  • Patient caregivers
  • Employees of University of Colorado Hospital
  • Employees of University Physicians
  • Faculty, staff and students of University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center

At this time, the chapel is not available to the general public or groups not associated with the hospital or its affiliates.

Will I have access to clergy other than hospital chaplains?

Yes. At your request, the Department of Spiritual Care Services is happy to contact members of your own congregation or faith community. We also can have area clergy of your expressed faith visit you.

How do I get daily communion?

Every hospital floor has a chaplain resident who can arrange for you to receive communion. Chaplains can be reached any time by calling the hospital operator. Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. you may contact the Spiritual Care office at (720) 848-4063.

Is my name automatically given to community faith group representatives?

No. Upon admission, you will be asked if you want a member of your faith community to be given your name and to visit you. Also, your nurse will ask if you would like to be visited by community clergy from outside the hospital.

Please note that all patients may receive an introductory visit from a chaplain who can also assist you in contacting a member of your faith community as you desire. Your decisions regarding clergy visitation are respected.

Will a chaplain see me even if I am not religious?

Yes. Our chaplains see patients regardless of whether or not patients consider themselves religious. Emotional and spiritual needs exist independently from religion.

When is a chaplain available?

A hospital chaplain is always available. If a chaplain is not available on your hospital floor, the on-call chaplain is contacted. Your nurse can call for a chaplain to visit you at any time, day or night, weekends or holidays. 

What if I have other questions?

You are welcome to call the the Department of Spiritual Care Services (720) 848-4063. Your call will be answered and your questions will be addressed or directed appropriately.