A Very Special Ash Wednesday at SVMC

The spiritual care of our patients is often part of their healing journey, and it is also part of the well-being of many of our employees. Our Chaplaincy Services team offered a service for placing repentance ashes from the convenience of our hospital’s chapel.

One by one, SVMC team members and a few visitors were welcomed to receive their ashes this morning. Deacon Gregorio Echeveste of St. Anne’s Parish and SVMC Chaplaincy Assistant Jim Rogers were there to assist them.

“I’m a fellow Catholic, and we do follow our traditions, and it’s really great to be able to get my ashes here,” says SVMC team member Haywood Smith. Because Haywood is also a student, receiving his ashes before heading to class after work made his day all the more pleasant. “I’m very grateful that I saw the Deacon from the church that I go to also,” he says.

Our Chaplaincy Services team helps with a variety of requests. They provide emotional or spiritual support, prayer, blessings, Baby Blessings, and special vigils, including supporting our No One Dies Alone (NODA) program.

To learn more about spiritual care at Sierra View Medical Center or to submit a prayer request, please visit www.sierra-view.com/chaplaincy.

The SVMC Chapel is open 24 hours, 7 days a week. We ask that you please honor social distancing when entering the chapel.