Pastoral Care

Home > Institutes & Services
Bethesda North-TH.comBethesda North Chapel

The Pastoral Care services offered at Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals integrate spiritual health with clinical care. Our pastoral care departments provide: 

  • On-call chaplains, available 24 hours a day, every day
  • Liaison with the patient's faith community, as appropriate
  • Regular Catholic and Ecumenical services
  • Daily Eucharistic ministry provided to Catholic patients, as well as other sacraments that are administered upon request
  • Bereavement groups and individual grief consultations
  • Pastoral and community-based ministry education programs

Related: Read about TriHealth's Mission and Values

Chaplains Available for Spiritual Needs

GSH-ChapelGood Samaritan Chapel

TriHealth is sensitive to the spiritual care needs of all religious backgrounds and provides an inclusive ministry to people of many different religious groups. Our chaplains are assigned to each nursing unit of both hospitals and are available to patients, family and staff. Chaplains are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week to ensure that spiritual care is available as needed. 

Religious leaders are welcome to visit members of their faith communities. Upon request, pastoral care administrators will contact your religious leader or faith community to inform them of your hospitalization or religious needs. Pastoral services for critical needs may also be provided at Good Samaritan Western Ridge and Bethesda Arrow Springs.

Regular Worship Services

The chapels at Bethesda North and Good Samaritan hospitals hold regular worship services available to patients, family and staff. The chapels are open daily for prayer and meditation, and are often used for special events, prayer services, or to celebrate religious holidays. All services are televised on the hospital's closed-circuit television system, enabling patients to watch them from the comfort of their hospital bed.

Schedule of Services 

Bethesda North Hospital   

Catholic Mass: 11:30 a.m. Fridays
Non-Denominational Service: 1 p.m. Wednesdays

Good Samaritan Hospital

Catholic Mass: 10 a.m. Sundays
11:30 a.m. daily Monday through Thursday

Bereavement Groups

Bethesda North offers emotional and spiritual guidance for adults through a series of grief support groups facilitated by a certified chaplain with additional training in bereavement facilitation. These groups meet three times a year for a period of seven weeks. Individual grief consultations are also provided throughout the year.

Education Programs

TriHealth offers both professional and community-based ministry education programs for those looking to gain more knowledge in spiritual guidance.

Clinical Pastoral Education

Good Samaritan offers a program of Clinical Pastoral Education accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education, Inc. CPE is taken by seminary students preparing for ordained ministry, ordained clergy who desire continuing education in pastoral/spiritual care, and qualified lay persons who may desire the learning in self-reflection and pastoral care for ministry within their faith communities. Lay persons and clergy may also take CPE to discern a ministry vocation in chaplaincy, and CPE is the primary clinical training for those preparing for professional chaplaincy. Education requirements may be made by department’s faculty on a case-by-case basis.  Minimal requirement is high school or GED diploma.

Course information:

  • 400 hours for one unit of clinical pastoral education (CPE).
  • Offered three times a year, during the spring, summer and fall
    • Spring Unit:  January thru May (16 weeks, 27 hours per week)
    • Summer Unit:  June thru July (10 weeks, 40 hours per week)
    • Fall Unit: September thru December (16 weeks, 27 hours per week)
  • Offers Level I and Level II units. 
  • Not a residency
  • $600 tuition

For a CPE application or more information contact: 

Good Samaritan Hospital Pastoral Care
375 Dixmyth Ave.,
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
513 862 2281

Or contact:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education
1549 Clairmont Rd., Suite 103
Decatur GA, 30033
404 320 1472  

*More detailed information regarding Clinical Pastoral Education can be found at  

Ministry Education Program

Bethesda North offers a community-based ministry education program for those who would like to learn how to be better caregivers in their community. Participants receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program and are eligible to volunteer in the pastoral care departments at Good Samaritan and Bethesda North. Course information:

  • 10-week program
  • Offered at various times throughout the year.
  • No pre-requisites required — all are welcome
  • No cost to participants
  • Contact Bethesda Pastoral Care 513 865 1175 for details and enrollment information


We are physicians, hospitals and communities working together to help you live better.