The Department of Pastoral Care and Education provides chaplaincy ministry at Tampa General Hospital.
Through our accredited programs of ministry training, we combine ministry and education, serving both
the patients of the hospital and ministers seeking to become more effective servants of the people.
Chaplains representing many faiths serve as members of the healthcare team in a number of capacities
including 24-hour on-call ministry within the hospital. They provide support to patients, families
and staff experiencing medical, emotional, and spiritual crises. Our chaplains are clinically
trained, ordained clergy who understand the special needs of hospital patients, their families and
hospital staff members. They provide intensive pastoral care, respond to referrals, trauma and all
crisis calls, participate in interdisciplinary patient care rounds and physician/family conferences,
conduct patient religious assessments, provide end-of-life pastoral care to patients and their
families and conduct religious services. Chaplains serve as members of hospital committees,
providing expertise in ethics, spiritual care and education.
All permanent members of the Department of Pastoral Care are Board Certified Chaplains or are
eligible for membership in the Association of Professional Chaplains or National Association of
A hospital chaplain is available to visit inpatients 24 hours a day. Patients can call Pastoral
Care at 844-7063 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For urgent requests after 5 p.m. or on weekends, the
hospital operator can page the on-call chaplain. The operator can be reached at 844-7000.
The Chapel provides a place for patients, families, and staff of all faiths to come for quiet
prayer and reflection. The Chapel is located on the first floor, near the West Pavilion visitor
elevators. A brief interfaith devotional service is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon
until 12:15 p.m. Friday prayers for Muslims are held in the chapel at 1:30 p.m.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is theological and professional education for ministry. Within
the CPE program, theological students, ordained clergy, members of religious orders, and qualified
laypersons minister under supervision to people with a variety of pastoral needs. CPE proposes to
study "the living human document" of both self and other, toward the ends of more authentic and
effective ministry. The Clinical Pastoral Education program at Tampa General is accredited by the
Association of Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and offered as a full time summer program,
part-time extended programs and a yearlong residency program and a program in supervisory education.
Click here for more information about the Clinical Education Program at Tampa General.