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Pastoral Services

Your spiritual needs are important to us. We would be glad to notify your pastor, priest, rabbi or spiritual advisor of your hospital stay at your request – or feel free to request a pastoral visit by a Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center chaplain if your spiritual advisor isn’t available. We are here to help you.

To arrange a visit by a hospital chaplain, please call (865) 331-1111 or (865) 331-1235 . In an emergency, please call the operator and have the chaplain paged.


The Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center chapel, located on the lobby level near the Clinch Avenue entrance, is open 24 hours a day. It provides a quiet place for persons of all faiths to pray, meditate, or find respite.

Holy Communion is available. Please let the chaplain know if you would like to be served.

Public worship

Services are held at 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Sunday on the Fourth Floor, Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center Recreation Room, next to the blue elevators.

In addition, our chaplains hold a 15-minute prayer service, “Meet Me at the Well,” at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday in the chapel. Patients, family members and hospital employees are welcome to attend.


Every room at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center has a Bible. A limited assortment of religious books and other materials is also available in the Pastoral Care office. Please let a chaplain know if you are interested.

Every weekday morning at 8:15, we offer a brief devotional thought on our overhead speaker system. We appreciate any comments or suggestions you may have.

Stephen Ministry

In 2001, the Pastoral Care Department of Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center began the Stephen Ministry program.  Stephen Ministers help provide spiritual care to those patients, family members, and employees struggling with a life-crisis.

The Stephen Ministers will provide one-on-one care while the patient or family member is in the hospital.  The focus of our Stephen Ministers is upon our long-term patients and those that lack supportive resources; however, a Stephen Minister may be assigned to a patient, family member, or a hospital employee.

The Stephen Ministry training that consists of 50 hours of in-class work, covering topics such as grief, suffering, emotional issues persistent in a hospital setting, and confidentiality.  Each group of commissioned Stephen Ministers then makes a commitment to visit in the hospital at least one hour each week for two years following the training.  Fort Sanders currently has 22 active Stephen Ministers. 

For more information please call the Chaplains’ office at (865) 331-1235.

Patient Stories

  • Back in the Saddle

    After spine surgery at Fort Sanders Regional, Michelle Rose is finally free from the suffering that held her back for so long.

  • Going Beyond the Limit

    Tammy Brooks arrived by helicopter at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center at least 24 hours – maybe even several days – after suffering an acute ischemic stroke.

  • WATE-TV: East Tennessee man survives one of the deadliest types of stroke

    A local man survived the type of stroke that normally kills 80 percent of its victims. He’s doing so well, he just moved to Europe and is enjoying life to its fullest. It’s been three and a half years since Ken Harrawood suffered a stroke. It hit while he was driving to Y-12 for his first day of work with Bechtel. He now lives in Manchester, England.

  • WATE-TV: Technician who works with stroke patients becomes one himself

    Adam Hill gets the tools in place for the next life-saving surgery in the interventional radiology lab at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center. As lead tech, Hill knows this place like the back of his hand. He never dreamed he’d be a patient receiving treatment here, suffering from a ruptured aneurysm, like so many patients he’s helped treat.

  • Fast Action Makes a Difference for Stroke Patient

    Since recovering from a stroke, Paul DeWitt appreciates simple pleasures that are easily taken for granted. He grasps a cup of coffee. He smiles and laughs. He even appreciates the ability to whistle.

  • Doctors Use Tiny Vacuum To Help Stroke Patients

    Jane Coleman heard her husband make an odd noise, “almost like hiccups but not exactly,” but when she turned to look at him, she knew immediately what was happening: He was having a stroke.