Saskatoon Health Region has signed a formal affiliation agreement with four faith groups to provide chaplains at Saskatoon’s three acute care hospitals and Parkridge Centre.

The agreement formalizes a relationship that has existed for more than 25 years with the Lutheran (ELCIC), Anglican, United and Roman Catholic churches. Such agreements were among the recommendations proposed in the 2009 review of spiritual care in Saskatoon Health Region.

Brian Walton, Project Lead for Spiritual Health Development, observes that, “the Spiritual and Cultural Care Department is very appreciative of the collaborative relationship the Region has with faith-specific groups and the responsive care provided by these denominational chaplains.”

“We value our partnership with these and other denominations to provide a full array of spiritual care access to patients and families,” says Shan Landry, Vice President of Community Services. “Spirituality is an important part of the healing process for patients and being able to offer care in this way ensures we are meeting both the physical and spiritual needs of patients.”
Each of the four denominations hire their own chaplains to visit patients and families in hospital and offer spiritual care in the individual’s desired denomination.

The Health Region also employs trained spiritual care providers to offer support to families and patients who don’t declare a particular faith group.