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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 . 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.

Public worship: On hold due to COVID-19 Policy

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.


Bibles and a limited assortment of religious materials are 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.