Meet Our Multi-faith Chaplains

Full-time Chaplains

Rev. Lorie Nielson, BCC

Chaplain Lorie is an ordained Zen Buddhist minister and classical yogini. "How we hold our stories in our bodies," authentic relationships, and ritual inform her ministry. Her joy/spiritual connection comes from nature, biking, skiing, swimming, and dancing.

Endysen "Benjamin" Atu, BCC Eligible

Chaplain Benjamin Afamefuna Atu is from Enuga State Nigeria. A deacon in the Catholic Church, he affiliates with the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, NM. He loves to discuss politics and social justice. He plays soccer, and enjoys the outdoors.

Saundra Shanti, BCC

Chaplain Saundra is an artist and contemplative who combines art and spirituality in an imaginiative process, engaging hospital staff and patients in art-making to express themselves, explore their success or suffering, and move toward holistic well-being. She enjoys biking, hiking, yoga and the arts.

Part-time Chaplains

Rev. Dr. Virginia "Ginger" Memmott, BCC

Chaplain Ginger is an ordained Presbyterian minister who served in pastorates throughtout the United States and Sweden before working in hospice and becoming a chaplain. Ginger sees humor as her advantage for survival, resilience, and hope for the future.

Rev. Dr. Bonnie Glass-Coffin, BCC Eligible

Chaplain Bonnie is an ordained Interfaith minister who identifies as deeply spiritual and religiously eclectic. She grew up Protestant Christian, attended Catholic high school, and is a devotee of Peruvian shamanism. She is fluent in Spanish.

Rev. Dr. Genny Rowley, BCC

Chaplain Genny is an ordained Alliance of Baptists minister. Before joining our team in 2014, she worked in both Atlanta and Dallas. Genny's passion is seeing the person in the patient. She feels most spiritually recharged out in nature with the people she loves.

Life in the hospital can be hard! We are here to make your stay a little easier and to walk with you as you journey...

 

We minister to those of any (or no) religious or spiritual tradition.  We do this through deep and non-judgemental listening and through exploring together the sources of strength, hope, meaning and purpose that "inspire" you. And, we get it...sometimes life feels like it's unraveling! We're here for that too. 

We provide spiritual counsel and facilitate different ritual practices including prayer or meditation, mindfulness, and the arts to help you connect to the Sacred. We can reach out to clergy members and faith-based resources in the community to meet tradition-specific spiritual needs while you are here. 

We're also pretty fun to talk with and can lighten your day, so please call us whenever you want a listening ear! 

Faith Line 801-213-2484

Our Purpose

To care for the mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our patients and their loved ones. We emphasize patient-centered care and empower those we serve by providing them with the tools and resources they need to promote whole-being health and resiliency during and beyond their hospital experience.

Sanctuaries & Sacred Spaces

Hope Chapel

The Hope Chapel is located on the 2nd floor of University of Utah Hospital. Open 24/7 for meditation, prayer, and worship.

Serenity Interfaith Chapel Room

The Serenity Interfaith Chapel room is located on the 2nd floor of University of Utah Hospital, connected to the Hope Chapel. Open 24/7 for meditation, prayer, and worship. Reading materials are available.

Elyse Pantke White Chapel

The Elyse Pantke White Chapel is located on the 5th floor of the Huntsman Cancer Hospital. Open 24/7 for meditation, prayer, and worship. Reading materials are available.

Faith-Specific Rituals and Services

LDS Sacrament Meeting

Where: University Hospital Hope Chapel on the second floor
When: Sundays at 10:30am

Where: Huntsman Cancer Institute 6th floor multipurpose room
When: Sundays at 10:30am

Blessings from LDS Visitors & Elders

Elders are on site Monday—Saturday, 6:00-8:00pm. Please call the Faith Line 801-213-2484 to request a name be added to the visitation list. For urgent needs, contact your local branch. 

Muslim Prayers

Where: University Hospital Serenity Room on the second floor. 
When: Open at all times. Prayer rugs are available. 

Where: Huntsman Cancer Institute 5th floor chapel. 
When: Open at all times. Prayer rugs are available

Catholic Priest Visits & Rituals

Call the Faith Line 801-213-2484 to request a visit or annointing of the sick by the priest. 

Protestant Service of Communion 

Where: Huntsman Cancer Institute 5th floor chapel   
When: Sundays at 5:00pm. 

Communion is available upon request by calling the Faith Line 802-213-2484

 

Contact Us

To reach a chaplain to arrange for spiritual care please call the Faith Line 801-213-2484

Please feel free to email the Spiritual Care team with any questions, curiosities or ideas.  spiritualcare@hsc.utah.edu.