Spiritual Care

Mary and baby Jesus

Bon Secours Health System’s philosophy is to provide holistic care to meet the total needs – body, mind and spirit – of persons served throughout the continuum of care.

The System embraces spiritual care as integral to its mission. A commitment to spiritual care expresses the heart of Bon Secours’ ministry, and it permeates all levels of service and care giving within the system. A holistic and compassionate expression of spiritual care gives tone and texture to all words and actions expressed on behalf of those who are poor, sick and dying.

In both formal and informal ways, all co-workers communicate the importance and significance of spiritual care by internalizing the values that characterize this ministry. Spiritual care leaders and chaplains by virtue of their role give explicit witness to these values by their compassionate ministerial outreach. They eagerly seek to encourage and promote holistic healing and growth by providing professional spiritual support, guidance and presence.

Spiritual Care at Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center, Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center, Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital, St. Frances Nursing Center, Bon Secours Maryview Nursing Care Center, and Bon Secours Home Health and Hospice provide compassionate spiritual care and hospitality presence for all who enter our facilities. No matter your need, 24-hour emergency spiritual service is available to you.

During your stay with us, we pray that you are able to experience a sense of meaning, value, purpose, and connection with your God. We honor the religious, spiritual, and cultural preferences of you and your family with dignity and respect. We encourage pastoral visits from your own clergy.

The Bon Secours Spiritual Care department and its chaplains commit to: 

•  Provide service to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week
•  Offer Sacramental ministry
•  Assist with Advance Care Planning
•  Support opportunities for spiritual reflection
•  Connect you with your own clergy or faith community as you desire
•  Provide confidential counsel to you and your family
•  Present opportunities for corporate worship
•  Refer you to appropriate religious resources and other materials
•  Pray with you

When should you call a chaplain?

Please call the hospital or facility operator and have the chaplain paged when you or your loved one
•  Are in a crisis situation or receive bad news
•  Face surgery
•  Experience anxiety or uncertainty about test results, diagnosis, treatment plan
•  Want to receive more information about Advance Care Planning
•  Need assistance getting in touch with your Pastor, Priest, Rabbi or Spiritual Leader
•  Has taken a turn for the worse
•  Are not sure who else to call for help
•  Have a spiritual question
•  Want someone to pray with you
•  Want to receive the Sacraments
•  Struggle with the meaning of your illness
•  Grieve a loss
•  Have trouble sorting out your feelings

Advanced Care Planning

When you are admitted to a Bon Secours hospital, our policy is to ask you if you have Advance Medical Directive. This routine procedure enables our staff to insure that your wishes for your own medical treatment are respected. A chaplain will gladly answer your questions pertaining to Advanced Care Planning and help you execute am Advanced Medical Directive should you so desire. This service is free and requires no notary.

Have a question? Contact our director.


David A. Efimetz, MDiv, BCC
Director, Spiritual Care Services
Bon Secours Hampton Roads
2 Bernardine Drive
Newport News, Virginia 23602
Office: 757-886-6926
Pager: 757-881-0663, Mobile: 757-793-1233
Email: david_efimetz@bshsi.org