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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)
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.
UF 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.
Animals Heal Hearts
Shands offers a pet therapy program where volunteers bring their own dogs into the hospital to visit patients. Participating dogs have been approved by Volunteer Services and are well-behaved, healthy, vaccinated and clean. To request a pet therapy visit, contact Volunteer Services at 352-265-0111 ext. 5-0360.
Personal Pet Visits
Shands has a program that enables you to bring your own dog into the hospital. Before your pet can visit, you must:
- Ask your nurse and roommate permission
- Provide vaccination records for you pet
- Make sure your dog is bathed
To schedule a personal pet visit or for more information about the program, contact Volunteer Services at 352-265-0111 ext. 5-0360 or ext. 5-0360.
Arts in Medicine Program
The Arts in Medicine Program (AIM) provides art-related activities that help stimulate the imagination. The Artists-in-Residence are available to work with you and your family through music, dance, painting, creative writing and more.
For more information, call 352-733-0880.