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Walla Walla General Hospital Introduces E-Chaplain Services

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Expands spiritual care services beyond hospital boundaries

The Walla Walla General Hospital Spiritual Care department is expanding its services with a new tool designed to reach beyond the hospital--the E-Chaplain ministry. Designed to serve the needs of those in our community by emailing wwechaplain@ah.org the E-Chaplain ministry allows anyone to send a private message to our chaplain at any time.

The E-Chaplain ministry at WWGH is not just for hospital and clinic patients, but for anyone in the Walla Walla or the Northwest area. It's one way that WWGH is striving to fulfill our calling to "Restore Peace, Hope, and Health…" both in our community and beyond.

"We are always looking for ways to bless our community. What is exciting about the E-Chaplain ministry is that it makes spiritual and emotional support available to anyone, anywhere. All they need is access to email," says Mario DeLise, director of spiritual care services at WWGH.

E-Chaplain is not simply a prayer line. From a spiritual perspective, some of the typical issues dealt with include bereavement, loss, stress, loneliness, health issues, relationship issues and finding meaning amidst life's challenges. Once a prayer or inquiry of any kind is submitted, the E-Chaplain will respond and provide counsel, answer questions or give simple encouragement. Every email will be answered. If you would like a follow up phone call, please let us know.

While this is a major extension of Spiritual Care into our community, it is not a professional counseling service. WWGH can provide a list of professional counselors if needed.