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Spiritual Care


UCLA Health is dedicated to excellence in patient care, including meeting the spiritual needs of our patients and their families.

Interfaith Chaplains can provide spiritual care and assistance, sacramental ministries, and spiritual support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Chaplains are available for Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital at UCLA. From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., call the Spiritual Care Office at (310) 825-7484 to request a visit. After hours ask your nurse to page the On-Call Chaplain at pager # 91770 or contact the Page Operator at (310) 825-6301 and request that the On-Call Chaplain be paged. The Interfaith Chaplains can also contact a religious leader of a particular faith tradition at your request.

If you need spiritual care services for UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, please call (424) 259-8170.

An interfaith Meditation Room (Room 1109) is available for private prayer and meditation 24 hours a day. It is located on the first floor of the hospital just inside the front entrance.

A Chaplain is available for your Spiritual Care needs

  • To visit all patients
  • To listen
  • To pray, at your request
  • To share in your faith struggles
  • To assist you in seeking inner peace and strength
  • To help answer your spiritual questions
  • To bring you a Bible, sacred texts, or holy writings from specific faith traditions
  • To assist you in contacting religious leaders from your faith tradition
  • To help meet your specific faith or spiritual needs  

To contact a Chaplain:

Call the Spiritual Care Department
In the hospital - Extension 57484
Outside the hospital - (310) 825-7484

Spiritual Care Department
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
10833 LeConte Avenue, 12-217 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1733 

Click here for additional staff contact information

Click above to watch an edited version of Where the Ocean Meets the Sky featuring Rabbi Pearl Barlev from UCLA. This video explores the annual ritual of Lantern Floating as an instrument in healing and as a unique approach to memorialize loved ones we have lost. Watch the full version at www.goliquidmedia.com

This video is also available in Windows Media at http://streaming.uclahealth.org/lanternceremony

Spiritual Care services include

 Meditation Room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
 Meditation Room at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical
 Center - Photo by Benny Chan/Fotoworks
 Chapel/Meditation Room at Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital
 Chapel/Meditation Room at Santa Monica UCLA
 Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital
  • Interfaith Meditation Room
    Open 24 hours daily - located in Room 1109 on the first floor of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center by the main entrance
  • Regular visits week days from an interfaith Chaplain assigned to your Nursing Unit
  • Visits from an interfaith on-call Chaplain for emergencies and urgent requests 24/7
  • An interdisciplinary healthcare team that includes a Chaplain
  • Bibles, sacred texts and holy writings from varied faith traditions
  • Literature for special spiritual care needs
  • Grief and crisis support
  • Liaison with local faith communities to meet your specific needs

For Christian Communion, Baptisms and Anointing

  • Anointing with oil
  • Baptisms are performed on an emergency basis
  • Communion is available upon request
  • Roman Catholic Anointing of the Sick and Reconciliation are provided upon request and priest availability

Jewish items available on request

  • Kosher menu from dietician
    (all heated items are pre-frozen and double wrapped)
  • Shabbat boxes
    (electric candles, challah, and grape juice as available)
  • Call to check availability for: Shofar blowing for Rosh Hashanah, Lulav and Etrog for Sukkot, Menorah for Channukah, Jewish sacred texts

Muslim services available

  • Friday prayers at 1:10 p.m. in Meditation Room - first floor
  • Muslim volunteer and Chaplain to visit when available
  • Prayer rugs for use in Meditation Room 

Scheduled Services

  • Buddhist Dharma Talk and Meditation
    Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m., University Catholic Center, 633 Gayley Avenue (behind hospital)
  • Jummah (Islamic Friday Prayer)
    Friday, 1:10 - 1:30 p.m., Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Meditation Room - first floor
  • Jewish Shabbat Service (Egalitarian)
    Friday, 4:30 - 5:00 p.m., Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Meditation Room - first floor
  • A Time of Healing Prayers
    Sunday, 10:30 - 11:00 a.m., Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Meditation Room - first floor
  • Roman Catholic Mass
    Sunday, Noon - 12:30 p.m., Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, B level Auditorium - B130

Special Holy Day Celebrations

Ash Wednesday (Ecumenical), Good Friday (Ecumenical), Easter (Roman Catholic), Christmas (Roman Catholic), Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Channukah, Passover, Purim, Shavuot, Ramadan, Iftar, Roman Catholic Holy Days of Obligation

In the News

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Spiritual Care Department - Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Dispensing emergency spiritual care (UCLA Today)

One department at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center stands out for its unique emergency supplies: Muslim prayer rugs, recordings of Buddhist monks chanting, Christian Bibles and Jewish prayer shawls.

For patients struck by a serious illness or a deadly diagnosis, those supplies are just one way the Spiritual Care Department helps patients cope with a crisis. The chaplains offer company, spiritual guidance and religious materials to patients of every stripe, from the deeply observant to atheists in need of support, said the Rev. Sandra Yarlott, director of the Spiritual Care Department at the hospital.
"It's the most sacred work you could ever do," Yarlott said.  (read full story)

Medical Center's Spiritual Care staff keeps faith alive (Daily Bruin)

At the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a group of dedicated individuals of different faiths work together to take care of the spiritual needs of the patients.

Rabbi Pearl Barlev said working with patients, as well as hospital staff, is one of the most profound things she has done.

"It's a microcosm of how I might imagine a perfect world to be," Barlev said.

"Even though I'm working with people of varying religions, we're all working with a passion for goodness, comfort and humanity just inside the walls of the hospital."

The Spiritual Care Department has supported patients in their spiritual needs from a wide array of faiths, from Catholicism to Judaism, Islam to Buddhism.  (read full story)