Chaplain Services and Spiritual Care

Meditation Room 

Spiritual care is an integral part of the healing process. It provides an important source of comfort and strength to patients and families faced with serious illnesses or difficult decisions to make.

Our volunteer clergy is made up of leaders from many different faiths and provides compassionate and caring spiritual support to patients and their family members with respect for their beliefs, culture and values. Chaplain services are free and include:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Comfort and emotional support
  • Spiritual consultations and guidance
  • Support in decision making and ethical dilemmas
  • Prayers, blessings, rituals and sacraments
  • Making arrangements with patients’ clergy or spiritual leaders
  • End-of-life support

If you are interested in chaplain services, please tell your nurse. You may also contact the Chaplain Office by calling 619-543-2103 or emailing Chaplain Mark Reeves at mareeves@ucsd.edu.

Click here to view an interfaith calendar.

The Meditation Room

The Meditation Room at UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest is open to people of all faiths and is available 24 hours a day to patients, families, visitors and staff for prayer, meditation and reflection. It is located on the first floor of the Inpatient Tower, off the west entrance. The Meditation Room closes at 6 p.m. every night, but may be used after hours. For after-hours use, contact Medical Center Security at 619-543-3762.

Healing Baskets

Healing Baskets are located at nursing stations throughout UC San Diego Health System and contain a variety of comforting and healing items to help nurture patients’ physical and spiritual well-being during their recovery. Patients may select items from the baskets including massage and aromatherapy products, rosaries, inspirational literature (CareNotes, Guidepost, Our Daily Bread, etc.) and religious texts (Holy Bible, Jewish Prayer Book, the Koran, etc.). Classical meditation CDs, audio cassettes and videotapes are also available for patients to borrow. For replacement items or to replenish Healing Baskets, contact the Chaplain Office at 619-534-2103.