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Faith, Meditation, & Well-Being


Pastoral Services - Chaplains

Professionally trained non-denominational hospital chaplains are available to patients/families 24/7. The chaplains are available to provide support, counsel and prayer as well as to provide rituals of faith. As a minister or spiritual leader from a specific faith perspective, i.e. Methodist, Jewish, Muslim, etc. is desired, a chaplain will locate a representative of that specific faith group for the patient/family.


UF Health Shands Hospital (North Tower)

Interfaith Chapel

The interfaith Chapel is always open for prayer and meditation and is located on the first floor across from the cafeteria in room 1211. The following programs are offered: 

  • Catholic Mass
    Celebrated Tuesdays through Saturdays at noon.
  • Baha’I Devotionals
    Conducted upon request: please contact Mojdeh Bannister at 352-594-5521
  • Muslim Congregational Prayer (Juma’ah)
    Conducted on Fridays from 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Shands Garden of HopeUF Health Shands Cancer Hospital (South Tower)

Sanctuaries of Silence and Peace

The Sanctuaries of Silence and Peace are located on the second floor mezzanine in room 2002. These quiet spaces offer patients and families a place for prayer, meditation, solace, and reflection. The following programs are offered:

  • Beginners meditation class
    Meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Garden of Hope

The Garden of Hope with its pond, butterfly garden and walking paths offers a quiet place of beauty to pause and reflect. The garden also features tributes to loved ones living with cancer and those who have defeated cancer. The garden also serves as a place for public events.


Social Work Services

Shands Patient and Family Resources Department is here to help you in a variety of ways. Social workers are assigned to specific units and service areas. They provide counseling, problem-solving and financial/insurance information. They also help families get ready to go home.

Call extension 5-0224 or 352-265-0224, or tell your nurse you would like to contact a social worker.