Spirituality can be an important element in overall well-being and in dealing with illness or injury. Chaplains with the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the state's only academic medical school are trained to minister to all, regardless of denomination or religious tradition.
The hospital's interfaith chapel is a calming sanctuary for all seeking spiritual comfort. Located in the upper lobby off the main entrance of University Hospital, it is available 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday, and 10 a.m.–noon, Sunday. A quiet worship room across from the chapel is always open.
The chapel, made possible by private donations, features a large piece of 16 glass panels inscribed with the scripture from Ecclesiastes 3:1, “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” Colored stained glass windows, richly representing the four seasons, were created by Jackson artist Andy Young. The pulpit, altar/table, chair, and baptismal font were crafted from local woods by artist Fletcher Cox.
Christian worship services are conducted 11–11:30 a.m. Sundays in the chapel. They also are conducted at 4:30 p.m. on alternate Sundays at University Rehabilitation Center.
Worship services for children are offered at 1:30 p.m. Sundays on the second-floor activity room at Batson Children's Hospital.
Muslim prayers are said at 1–2 p.m. Fridays in the chapel.
Chaplains are available for counseling, religious rites and rituals, prayer, end-of-life and grief support, spirituality education, and cultural and ethics education. They also help offer insight into the issues surrounding life's meaning and purpose.
Office hours for pastoral services are 8 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday. Chaplains are on call from 5 p.m.–8 a.m., Monday–Friday (except UMMC holidays) and 11 a.m.–noon Sundays.