The Department of Pastoral Services, as part of the Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center is committed to the spiritual well being of patients, families, and staff; the preparation of professional and lay people who will serve the health needs of others; and the discovery of new knowledge about the interaction of spirituality and health. We seek to achieve this through:

Patient Care

  • Meeting the spiritual needs of the patients and families who come to the Hershey Medical Center.


  • Training religious professionals and laity in the art of pastoral care
  • Sensitizing medical professionals to the spiritual dimensions in a patient's life
  • Consulting with patients, family, and staff about ethical issues

Community Outreach

  • Offering continuing education programs for religious professionals and laity
  • Arranging public lectures on topics of religion and health
  • Offering educational videos for use in local religious communities
  • Helping the religious community understand their role in health promotion and health care


  • Conduct research on the relationship between spirituality and health
  • Publish articles on pastoral care