Welcome to Penn State Hershey Pastoral Services

The Department of Pastoral Services, as part of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is committed to the spiritual well being of patients, families, and staff; the preparation of professional and lay people who will serve the health needs of others; and the discovery of new knowledge about the interaction of spirituality and health. More...

  • Community Outreach

One of the challenges to chaplaincy is doing more community outreach. Research is pointing out how a person’s values and spirituality impact their health. The chronically population is growing rapidly, along with the elderly. Emphasis on health care is shifting responsibility back toward the patient. All of these are opening up the opportunity for the religious community to understand its healing ministry and its potential contribution to health in a new way. Helping congregations articulate for themselves that type of ministry is the goal of the types of community outreach done by the Department of Pastoral Services. More...

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