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Spiritual Care Department & Chapel


Fairview Hospital emphasizes a ministry to the whole person. We believe—and studies have shown—that spiritual well-being contributes to overall physical health. We encourage our patients and families to utilize and share important spiritual and/or cultural beliefs or traditions with us as a part of their total health care.

Spiritual Care offers caring and compassionate listeners who have been professionally trained to assist you with your special needs as a hospital patient, as well as the needs of your family. Chaplains are available to address and tap into your spiritual resources, needs and concerns. Our spiritual care staff respect and honor each person's faith, cultural values and traditions.

Chaplains are available in-house: Monday - Friday; 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
On-Call Chaplains are available: Monday - Friday; 6 p.m. - 6 a.m. & Saturday 6 a.m. - Monday 6 a.m.

Rev. Tricia Gilbert, MDiv, BCC, LMT

Chaplain Tricia is the Director of Spiritual Care and Healing Services at Fairview and Lakewood Hospitals. She has been serving at Fairview Hospital since 2008. She received her Master of Divinity degree from Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Florida Hospital in Orlando, Florida. A member of the United Church of Christ, she is a board certified chaplain through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Ordained in 1995, Tricia has served as a chaplain in a variety of settings (hospital, hospice, US Army chaplain, and in a brain injury rehab center). She also served parishes in Minnesota and Ohio. Chaplain Tricia is a certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Reiki practitioner, and Licensed Massage Therapist. She also completed Cleveland Clinic’s training as a Holistic Care Practitioner with a concentration in Manual Therapies for Hospitalized Patients.

Rev. Alice Walsh, MDiv, BCC
Senior Chaplain

Alice serves as our Senior Chaplain and coordinator of Spiritual Care Volunteers. She completed her CPE residency at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey, and supervised 5 units as a certified ACPE Candidate at The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center for Developmental Disabilities in New Jersey, before coming to her current position at Fairview Hospital. Alice has a Master of Divinity from The Theological School of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey, and is a Board Certified Chaplain (APC). She is ordained and endorsed by the United Methodist Church. She is a trained Grief Recovery Method Specialist, is certified in perinatal loss through SHARE, and has completed Cleveland Clinic’s training as a Holistic Care Practitioner. Alice and her husband, Andy, have three grown children.

Chaplain Elyse Berry, MA, BCC
Staff Chaplain

Chaplain Elyse has served as a Staff Chaplain and Healing Services Practitioner at Fairview since 2013. She is a board certified chaplain and is pursuing ordination in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Prior to chaplaincy Elyse did parish ministry at a mission church in rural Alaska. She is a graduate from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, the Cleveland Clinic’s CPE residency, and is currently enrolled in a Doctor of Ministry program at Fordham University’s Graduate School of Religion. She is also a certified spiritual director, a Grief Recovery Method Specialist, Reiki Master/Teacher, has completed the Cleveland Clinic’s Holistic Care Practitioner course, and received additional training in aromatherapy. She lives with her husband Rev. Mark Berry and their two dogs, Sherlock and Watson.

Chaplain Alex Brazynetz, MDiv
Staff Chaplain

Chaplain Alex serves as Staff Chaplain at both Lakewood and Fairview Hospitals. Chaplain Alex has been at Lakewood and Fairview Hospital since 2014. Alex received his Master of Divinity degree from St. Mary Graduate School of Theology, Cleveland, Ohio. He completed his CPE residency at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland. He has 19 years of experience in ordained ministry in a parish setting, and is presently a Lay Chaplain in the Episcopal Church. Al has also served as a chaplain in both nursing home and hospice settings. He is a certified Grief Recovery Method Specialist and Reiki practitioner.

Fr. Deogratias Ruwaainenyi
Volunteer Catholic Priest

Fr. Deogratias is originally from Tanzania, East Africa, and is ordained for service in the Diocese of Cleveland. He was assigned by Bishop Richard Lennon, to minister as a Catholic Chaplain here at Fairview Hospital for, at least, four years, from June of 2014.

Inside the hospital, dial “0” for the hospital Operator and ask for the on-call Chaplain to be paged.

Outside the hospital, dial 216.476.7000 for the hospital Operator and ask for the on-call Chaplain to be paged.

Anyone may request a chaplain’s visit—you, a family member, your clergy, your doctor or a member of the hospital staff. We respond promptly to specific requests. Regular visits are made to patients’ rooms as time permits.

For our patients identified as Catholic on the census report, Catholic Charities provides a Chaplain to meet your sacramental needs. Volunteer Eucharistic ministers also visit daily. An on-call priest is available 24/7 for emergencies.

If you wish to request a visit from clergy of a particular faith or from your own pastor, priest, rabbi or imam, our office will assist you.

Call a Chaplain when:

  • You would like someone to pray with you
  • You are struggling with “why” questions
  • You need support or encouragement
  • You are feeling stressed, alone or angry
  • You have concerns about meaning or values
  • You are celebrating good news
  • You are coping with grief or life-threatening illnesses
  • You have family issues which you would like to discuss
  • You are considering treatment options
  • You desire sacraments or prayer
  • You need assistance with bio-ethical issues
  • You have Spiritual/Religious questions regarding Advance Directives (Living Will/Durable Power of Attorney for Health Care)
  • You need assistance in contacting your clergy or church
  • You would like scriptures or other spiritual literature

The Fairview Hospital Chapel is located on the first floor in the North Hallway and open 24/7.

Devotional materials, Bibles and other spiritual literature are available and there is a Prayer Request book located on the front altar for patients, family and staff members to write down their prayer requests.

The Bible and Quran can be provided to any patient who requests one. Requests for other Holy Writings can be made to the Staff Chaplain.

Spiritual Care Office
The Spiritual Care office is located on the first floor by elevator A.

Sacred Space
We offer the sacred space of our Chapel located 1st floor north hallway..

Healing Space
We also offer a healing space available to patients, families and staff to rest and relax. The Serenity Room is located on the Parkview 1 Pod B. It is a place of rest, relaxation, restoration and renewal for Patients, Families and Staff. The room is open 24/7, with comfortable furniture and a calming environment. A generous supply of motivational and spiritual literature is also available.

Additional Services

  • Spiritual Care Volunteers make visits to patients in non-critical areas of the hospital.
  • Religious literature and scriptures are available in the chapel, the Spiritual Care office, or by requesting them from the staff chaplain (216.476.7067) or your caregiver.
  • Code Lavender and Tea for the Soul provided.

Grief Recovery Outreach Program

An eight-week program in which trained Grief Recovery Specialists help people move beyond the pain caused by loss.