Spiritual Care at NWH
Contact The Chaplain
Contact Spiritual Care by calling 914.666.1914 between the hours of 8:30 am to 5:00 pm or email: email@example.com. After the hours indicated, please leave a message and our Chaplain will follow up with you promptly.
Spiritual Care at Northern Westchester Hospital is a ministry of healing, providing emotional and spiritual support to patients, their families, and hospital staff. The Chaplain works as part of the healing team in conjunction with physicians, nurses, and other caregivers. Spiritual Care may include responding to crises, assisting persons in the resolution of ethical questions regarding patient care, contacting pastors, priests, rabbis, or other religious representatives as requested, and providing ongoing spiritual support.
We provide a coordinated service of spiritual care to patients, their families, and the hospital staff. Spiritual care is affirmed as an integral part of the team approach to health care, therefore, we take pride in caring for the needs of the whole person - body, mind and spirit. Our work includes:
- Offering support
- Providing sacraments or rituals
- Conflict resolution
- Contacting your minister
- Assisting with difficult decisions
- Helping obtain information
- Being a spiritual resource in the time of crisis
Meet Our Spiritual Care Team
The Spiritual Care team consists of an interfaith staff Chaplain and volunteers who work together with other hospital associates to foster care and support throughout the hospital.
NWH Chaplaincy Committee
Our staff Chaplain is specially trained to provide holistic spiritual care to persons of all religious faiths, including those without any religious affiliation. We are available for Spiritual counseling, crisis intervention, prayer, communion, bereavement counseling, and more. We will also contact your Spiritual Faith Leader or family member upon request. Spiritual Leaders from all faith backgrounds are welcome and encouraged to visit with their congregational members.
Our spiritual care volunteers represent the Spiritual Care Department. Volunteers complement our ministry of healing by serving within a perspective informed by and respectful of a broad variety of religious traditions.
Spiritual Care Consultation
Patients and families of all faiths can request a visit with our Chaplain. Any member of the health team can assist with making a referral. People call on the Chaplain for a number of reasons. Some of the most common reasons include:
- Apprehension about surgery
- Overwhelming illness
- Loneliness and isolation
- Discouragement and despair
- Helplessness and hopelessness
- Loss of meaning and purpose
- Fear and anxiety
- Conflict with others
- Facing change and loss
- Struggling with the meaning of life
- Feeling cut off from God
- Grappling with questions about life and death
- Needing the comfort of prayer
- Decisions regarding a living will and advance directives
- Working through the loss of a loved one
- Facing ethical dilemmas
- Be a part of our online prayer group OR make a prayer request for a loved one. Email your request for a prayer group or for a special prayer to our Chaplain, Sonia Wisdom, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When signing up for the prayer group please include the following: For prayer requests please include the patient's name and room number.
Our Meditation Room
Our meditation room is located in the Main Lobby of the first floor and is always open. The meditation room may be helpful if you need a quiet, meditative space, or are looking for an opportunity to worship or pray in quiet. A variety of religious prayer books, rosaries, Shabbat candles and prayer rugs are available. Shabbat Boxes are available upon request.
Programs and Services
- Meditation Group ( Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12:30 to 12:45 pm)
Prayer Group Every Wednesday 12:30 to 1:00 pm
- Ash Wednesday
- Rosh Hashanah
- Tea for the Soul Fridays in the Emergency Department
- Blanket of Hope
- New Baby Blessing
- Recovery Blessing
- Anointing of the Sick
- Other Sacraments upon request
Streamlined LIVE Religious Services (Catholic, Episcopal, Jewish)
- Downloaded podcasts from our website for Relaxation
- Spirituality Channel
Our Chaplain is available to the community for Lunch N Learns and workshops on Stress management, Spiritual Growth and Pastoral Care Training for Visitation Team Ministries and Deacons and other lay ministers.
The Reverend Sonia Trew-Wisdom, DMin, M.Div.
The Rev. Dr. Sonia Trew-Wisdom is an ordained minister in the Church of God (Cleveland, TN). Dr. Trew-Wisdom earned her Master of Divinity degree from the Church of God Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry Degree from the Pentecostal Theological Seminary in Cleveland, Tennessee. She completed her Clinical Pastoral Education at the Baptist Medical Centers in Birmingham, Alabama.
Dr. Trew-Wisdom is endorsed by the Church of God Chaplains Commission; she is a member of the Association of Professional Chaplains, the John Maxwell Team, and is a Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc., Candidate. After serving as Chaplain and as a CPE Supervisory Candidate at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville Dr. Trew-Wisdom moved to New York to take on pastoral duties as a church planter and pastor. She has served her denomination on several ministry boards and committees including the Church of God New York State Youth and Discipleship Board, the State Missions Board, the New York State Music Committee and, as a Radio Host. She has coordinated Youth Camps for many years and is a sought after speaker and conference and retreat teacher to both youth and adults alike because of her unique, transparent and humorous communication style.
Dr. Trew-Wisdom served as Chaplain and Bereavement Coordinator at Compassionate Care Hospice in the Bronx, New York for five years, before coming to Northern Westchester Hospital as Director of Pastoral Care and lead Chaplain.