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Pastoral Care

In keeping with Touro Infirmary’s commitment to the concept of total patient care, chaplains work as members of the health care team for the well being of the whole person. The Pastoral Care staff at Touro offers patients and families spiritual and emotional support, encouragement, comfort, consolation, and prayer. Touro’s Pastoral Care department is comprised of experienced professionals who understand that healing is not only physical but also involves spiritual, emotional, and social well-being.

The Chaplain’s listening skills are framed in a theological background stressing the ministry of presence and acceptance. Therefore, the Chaplain’s role is not necessarily a problem-solving one, but rather one of helping patients to integrate what is happening to them in their illness with their understanding of their relationship to God and others. Religious resources, such as prayer, scripture, and/or sacraments are made available to patients on a regular basis.

The pastoral care services available at Touro include:
  • A chaplain is available to persons of all faiths, and can assist in contacting your clergy representatives.
  • Catholic chaplaincy services provide sacramental as well as pastoral ministries. Volunteer lay Eucharistic ministers provide communion to patients who are listed on admission as Catholic. A priest is in-house or on-call every day.
  • Students in clinical pastoral training may be assigned to a particular area of the hospital.
  • Worship services are offered on various occasions.
  • The Touro chapel, located on the third floor, is a quiet, sacred space available at all times to staff, visitors and patients.
  • Literature providing support, encouragement and education related to the spiritual component of healthcare is available just outside the chapel. Donations are welcome though not required for written materials.
  • A Chaplain should be notified to provide help and support for the following reasons:
  • At times of approaching death or recent death of a loved one.
  • In times of crisis (acute illness, trauma, or poor prognosis).
  • When you observe someone or feel yourself to be in need of pastoral care (stressful day, ongoing tearfulness, little family support, etc.).
  • When facing significant loss or change.
  • In times of ethical dilemma and decision (DNR status, organ donation)
  • To prepare, officiate or participate in weddings, funerals, memorial services, baptism, bar/bat mitzvahs, communion.
  • To offer prayer for a specific need or occasion.
  • To provide in-service education or facilitate support groups, focusing on spiritual and/or bereavement resources for healing, recovery and renewal.
  • To honor the sacredness of daily life, especially the joys and challenges of healthcare providing and receiving. To request a blessing for another or yourself, for a new work, home, ministry, child or simply to remember we are beloved.
Chaplains are…

Pastoral: They provide spiritual and emotional support with sensitivity and respect for an individual’s convictions and beliefs.

Professional: They are a vital member of the health care team with specialized training and certification.

Personal: They contribute to a holistic style of healthcare that honors the needs of body, mind and spirit. 

Catholic chaplaincy services are provided by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. 

Interfaith pastoral services are provided by The McFarland Institute.

Rev. Fr. Douglas C. Brougher, STL
Director of Pastoral Care and Community Relations

1401 Foucher Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
paging operator: (504) 897-7011
email: doug.brougher@touro.com  

Rev. Dr. Jane E. Mauldin

1401 Foucher Street
New Orleans, LA 70115
phone: (504) 897-7262
fax: (504) 897-8731
email: jane.mauldin@touro.com  
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