Chaplains at Reading Hospital provide spiritual care and counseling to patients and families of all ages.

The Department of Spiritual Care routinely receives referrals from doctors, nurses, other clinical service providers, clergy, patients, and family members.

The Department of Spiritual Care is located at Reading Hospital on R1, adjacent to R-Building elevators. To contact a chaplain, call 484-628-8210, or simply call 484-628-8000 and the hospital operator will assist you.

Care Philosophy

The Department’s pastoral care philosophy rests on the principle that the care of the whole person – body, mind, and spirit – is integral to health and healing. In fulfillment of its vision, the Department works to:

 

  • Promote awareness and sensitivity to the spiritual aspects of health and healing
  • Coordinate spiritual care efforts on the part of Hospital staff and community organizations
  • Improve the quality of spiritual services available to those hospitalized at Reading Hospital

 

Our Staff

Name Position
Rev. Thomas S. Adil, MDiv, LPC Director
Lori Boepple Administrative Assistant
Rev. Liesel Ackley, MDiv Senior Chaplain
Pat George Felix Chaplain
David White Chaplain
Kevin Grandberry, MDiv Chaplain
Rev. David Troxler, MA Chaplain
Haydn McLean, MDiv, BC PRN Chaplain
Rev. Susan Iliff, MDiv Chaplain
Rev. Rebecca Knox, MDiv Chaplain
Jonathan Landis, MDiv PRN Chaplain
Rev. Ty McMillan, Th.D PRN Chaplain
William Buelow, MA, D.Min Chaplain
Stephanie Arentz, Pastoral Minister PRN Chaplain
Fr. John Hutta, MDiv Roman Catholic Chaplain

History

Reading Hospital Chaplaincy (as it was then known) began in 1978 as a cooperative effort between the hospital and the Greater Reading Council of Churches. The program began with a single chaplain; however, as demands increased the need for a larger program became apparent.

In 1990, the hospital established the Department of Chaplaincy Services with the charge to build an integrated chaplaincy program that would assure the availability of high-quality spiritual care through the joint efforts of visiting clergy, volunteer chaplains, and other professional and chaplaincy staff. The name was changed to The Department of Spiritual Care in 2013.