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For your spiritual needs

We all recognize the importance and value of spiritual care during times of illness and stress. For parents and patients of McLane Children’s, our department of pastoral care is ready to support you and your family 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays.


Please call 254-935-4159. A chaplain is available Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. After regular business hours or for emergency issues, talk to your nurse and a chaplain can be contacted.

Professional chaplains respect and respond to a patient’s values and beliefs. Illness or injury can bring isolation, fear, doubt, and grief. The chaplain’s special focus of caring is directed toward the person who has the sickness or injury. The chaplain addresses these crises through spiritual care that emphasizes transcendence, faith, and hope, thus promoting healing and recovery.

Compassion and comfort become a primary focus when a patient is living with an incurable illness or impending death. The chaplain assists patients in finding meaning, purpose and value in situations of despair, depression, hopelessness and isolation. Chaplains provide a unique ministry that has a high regard for the person’s faith, tradition and experience.

Chaplains are readily available for ministry. They facilitate the observance of meaningful rituals at birth, at death, and in the observance of holy days in all religions. Additionally, chaplains help hospitalized patients and their local spiritual leaders stay connected. If you would like to speak with one of our chaplains, just ask your child’s nurse; call 254-935-4159; or email Danny Tomlinson, our staff chaplain.

Interfaith Chapel

The Baugh-Chiles Chapel is located on the first floor of the hospital behind the Donor Wall in the main lobby and is available for all patients and visitors to the hospital. It is open from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., seven days a week. Chapel services are held Sunday through Friday at 8:30 a.m.  TV channels for spiritual care are located on 20 (TBN) and 21 (EWTN). For relaxation, patients and family may go to the main menu, select “For Fun” and select Relaxation to see a 30-minute video with relaxation techniques.

Fellowship in Pediatric Chaplaincy

McLane Children’s offers a year-long Fellowship in Pediatric Chaplaincy beginning the Monday after Labor Day. The clinical responsibilities are primarily with inpatient general pediatrics and pediatric intensive care.

Download a description of the fellowship requirements.

Commonly requested forms