Pastoral 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.

Pastoral 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 pastoral care staff respect and honor each person's faith, cultural values and traditions.

Chaplains are available in-house: Monday - Friday; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
On-Call Chaplains are available: Monday - Friday; 10 p.m. - 8 a.m. & Saturday 8 a.m. - Monday 8 a.m.

Chaplain Dan Wenger

Director, Pastoral Care
Phone: 216.476.7372
Pager: 330.487.9913

Chaplain Tricia Gilbert

Staff Chaplain
Phone: 216.476.7285
Pager: 330.487.9913

Chaplain Alice Walsh

Staff Chaplain
Phone: 216.476.7299
Pager: 330.487.9913

Fr. Ed Schwet

Catholic Chaplain
Phone: 216.476.4929
Pager: 330.487.9913

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.

Patients of other Christian Traditions may request Holy Communion and the staff chaplain will assist you.

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 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 in the Chapel, 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. Large print Bibles are available upon request for those with vision difficulty. Requests for other Holy Writings can be made to the Staff Chaplain.

Every Wednesday we offer a self-guided meditative service in the chapel. The meditative service is available 24 hours during that day.

Pastoral Care Office
The Pastoral Care office is located on the first floor, North.

Sacred Space
We offer the sacred space of our Chapel located next to the Pastoral Care Offices.

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, calming environment, media for listening and/or viewing beautiful landscapes and listening to relaxing music. A generous supply of motivational and spiritual literature is also available.

Additional Services

  • Pastoral Care Volunteers (Stephen Ministers and Eucharistic Ministers) make visits to patients in non-critical areas of the hospital.
  • Religious literature and scriptures are available in the chapel, the Pastoral Care office, or by requesting them from the staff chaplain (216.476.7067) or your caregiver.
  • Explanation of and assistance in completing Advance Directives (Living Will, Health Care Power of Attorney, Donor Registry) is willingly provided.
  • 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.