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Cohen Children's Medical Center Chapel

Cohen Children’s Medical Center is committed to excellence in the holistic ministry of healing the mind,body, and spirit.

Spiritual care is regarded as an integral part of each patient’s plan of care. We recognize that a hospital stay can be very stressful for any child. Our goal is to provide the best comfort and care possible during these difficult times.

The Chapel at Cohen Children’s is located in the atrium across from the surgery waiting area and is open 24 hours a day. The Chapel provides a tranquil place for patients, families and staff of all faiths to reflect and pray as they cope with some of life's most profound moments. Though conveniently located, the chapel allows visitors to experience a sense of peace and serenity in the midst of the chaotic hospital environment.

We welcome you to visit the chapel as often as you'd like to use this quiet space for your own prayer or meditation. We hope you find it to be a peaceful place filled with comfort. Prayer requests for a patient or loved one may be left in the chapel's prayer book. A current listing of prayer service times is posted in the chapel. Rosaries, electric Sabbath candles, prayer rugs, kneelers, sacred texts and scriptures in many languages are available in the chapel for your convenience.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care can be an important part of your treatment and recovery while in the hospital. Chaplains are vital members of the healthcare team. They are trained to listen in an open and non-judgmental way. Chaplains are available to provide spiritual support to patients, families, and staff of all faiths. In addition, they are available for emotional support and presence for those without a specific faith. To request a visit, ask a staff member such as a nurse to have one contacted for you.

Hospital Amenities

Religious counseling is available for patients and visitors of all faiths. A rabbi and a Roman Catholic chaplain are available upon request.

The meditation room, located on the first floor of the hospital near the LIJ lobby, is available to patients and visitors of all faiths for prayer and meditation.

When do you call a chaplain

  • When you or your family needs a special religious or cultural ritual such as baptism, anointing of the sick, or blessing.
  • If you need the comfort of prayer.
  • When you are in need of spiritual or religious guidance.
  • To contact a member of your own faith.
  • If you need religious literature, such as a Bible, Torah, Quran etc.
  • When your child is having surgery or undergoing a difficult procedure.

Cohen Children's Medical Center Chaplain
Amy Karriker, M.Div.
Director of Chaplaincy Services
Board Certified Chaplain
718-470-3664

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