Spiritual Care at St. Joseph’s Hospitals and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital
At St. Joseph’s Hospitals, your spiritual and emotional well-being is very important to us. Our hospital chaplains are here to support patients and loved ones of all faiths and even those that do not identify with a particular faith. For many, spiritual care is essential in their health care journey. A few of the services we offer are:
- Room visits by request
- Crisis or emergency response available 24/7
- Assistance with spiritual requests or struggles
- Religious rituals, prayer or spiritual counseling
- Grief or bereavement support
- Chapel open 24/7 for prayer and reflection
- Catholic Mass at noon Sunday through Friday at the chapel (or view from a patient room on Channel 7)
Our HistoryGuided by a philosophy of family-focused care, Franciscan Sisters of Allegany established a 40-bed hospital near downtown Tampa in 1934 with a vision to expand. Those plans began to take shape one day in 1959 when Mother Loretto Mary, then president of St. Joseph’s, boarded a hospital vehicle with a Catholic sister and drove circles around northwest Tampa. As a result, the new St. Joseph’s Hospital location opened in 1987 featuring 450 beds. In the early 1970s, Sister Celeste took a flight (pictured below) and began looking for land to expand even more. That historic flight resulted in the purchase of four pieces of land for St. Joseph’s Hospital which eventually became St. Joseph’s Hospital-North and St. Joseph’s Hospital-South. Shortly after, St. Joseph’s Women’s Hospital opened in 1993, and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital opened in a newly completed building in 1998.
St. Joseph’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital Chapel
3003 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd | Tampa
Chapel is located on the first floor between the medical arts building and cafeteria
If afterhours, hospital chaplains or pastors are still available upon request through nursing.
Spiritual Care Services
BayCare is committed to providing high-quality and compassionate spiritual care. We offer many resources like advance directives, bereavement support, community education and more.