Multi-faith chaplains and chapels help patients and their families find spiritual strength and hope.

A compassionate heart and spiritual support can make all the difference in your hospital stay.

At Vassar Brothers Medical Center it’s our duty to ensure that you have ready access to any religious practices and rituals that you need to sustain yourself during your hospital stay. In fact, being able to access and draw upon your inner strength may prove to be one of the most important components of your recovery.

The chaplaincy team is made up of ordained ministers, priests, rabbis, imams and other qualified pastoral laypeople who undergo special training to work with hospital patients. They are trained in compassionate listening can help you manage the spiritual and emotional issues that may arise during times of illness, pain and stress.

While the chaplains may visit all patients, regardless of faith, you may request a chaplain of your own religion, if available, to visit you. We also honor your request not to be visited at all.

In private visits at your bedside that can range from a few minutes to an hour, our chaplains look to assess your personal and spiritual needs in order to provide you with timely and appropriate care. According to your desire, our chaplains might pray or meditate with you, converse about pressing issues or simply sit in silence with you.

We can also inform you of other wellness services that the hospital provides to further support your recovery. If there is any hospital issue for which you need an advocate, please ask us and we will find the right assistance for you.

Making the Tough Decisions

The spiritual care team is also available to assist you and your family when faced with the theological and spiritual aspects of legal matters that arise during critical medical situations. These matters include healthcare proxies, living wills, end-of-life decisions and clinical ethics considerations. Your medical team, of course, will be involved in such discussions, but sometimes it is helpful to have a compassionate third party supporting you to find conclusions that feel right for you within your own value system.

Grief Counseling

We also provide pastoral comfort and counsel to help you and your family deal with issues of grief or bereavement. Feel free to discuss these matters with us so we can better support you.


The Northern Dutchess Hospital Interfaith Chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients and visitors to find spiritual comfort. It is located on the first floor, just off the Main Entrance lobby.

The Putnam Hospital Rojas Memorial Chapel is a nondenominational chapel located on the first floor, adjacent to the hospital’s main lobby. It is open to you and your family to use for your own private reflection.

The Vassar Brothers Medical Center Interfaith Chapel is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for patients and visitors to find spiritual comfort. It is located on the first floor, across from the Emergency Department. Rosaries, Bibles and a prayer rug for Muslim prayer are available in the chapel for anyone to use. 

Hours of Operation

Vassar Brothers Medical Center Spiritual Care services are provided on site Monday to Friday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. If you or a loved one are in need of spiritual support, please call the hospital operator at (845) 454-8500 and ask to be connected to the chaplain on duty.

After hours and on weekends, please call the hospital operator at (845) 454-8500 and ask for the on-call chaplain, who is available 24/7 and can also contact representatives of your own faith community.