Pastoral Care Services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Pastoral Care Services at Crozer-Chester Medical Center 

The Pastoral Care Services program at Crozer-Chester Medical Center participates in the mission of the medical center to alleviate suffering and enhance the healing of our patients by supporting their spiritual needs. 

All patients have the right to access Pastoral Care Services. Through their ministry, chaplains and pastoral volunteers offer compassion, hope, sacramental support and a healing presence to all receiving care and treatment at Crozer. 

Staff and volunteers are trained to respect the religious commitments of all of our families and will not impose any particular beliefs or values on you. 

We serve patients and families of all faith and those who do not identify with a particular religion. Regardless, you will find that your belief and values are honored by the pastoral care team. 

Crozer’s Pastoral Care Services are led by Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor, pastor of the historic Calvary Baptist Church in Chester. Taylor has extensive experience and education in hospital chaplaincy.

Contact Us:

Reverend Dr. Bayard Taylor

About Our Services

Click on the links below to learn more about our pastoral care services.

Why would I call a chaplain?

Chaplains are available to assist patients with a wide variety of spiritual and emotional needs, including: 

  • Coping with the stress of illness and hospitalization.
  • Discussing difficult decisions.
  • Dealing with difficult news.
  • Offering religious rituals, including sacraments, scripture reading and prayer.
  • Contacting a clergy person of a specific religious tradition.
  • Easing the loneliness and isolation of a hospital stay.

What is the role of the chaplain?

Chaplains are professionals who have received extensive training in care, counseling and religious disciplines. Our chaplains come from a variety of religious backgrounds and are able to serve all families regardless of religious affiliation. Our chaplains work with the healthcare team to ensure that your spiritual and emotional needs are addressed during your hospital stay. They do not provide medical care or advice.

How can I arrange for Pastoral Care Services?

Dial “0” from your hospital phone to be connected with an operator, who can arrange a visit. Our hospital operators can also assist you with contacting area clergy from your own religious traditions, or put you in touch with our hospital chaplain to discuss your spiritual needs in more detail.

Does the medical center have an onsite place for prayer or meditation?

The Chapel is located off the main lobby on the first floor, near the gift shop. It is open 24 hours a day for prayer, quiet meditation and reflection for people of all faiths. Sacred texts from a variety of faith traditions are available in the Chapel. Bibles and other devotional literature are available upon request.

Comforting words from sacred texts:

Jesus said, "Come to me,

All you that are weary and heavy laden,

And I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn of me,

For I am gentle and humble in heart,

And you will find rest for your souls.

For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

- Matthew 11:28-30

All praise to the Blessed One 

Lord of all the worlds, 

Most beneficent, ever-merciful, 

King of the Day of Judgment.

You alone we worship, 

And to you alone turn of help

Guide us, O Lord, to the path that is straight, 

The path of those You have blessed

Not of those who have earned Your anger, 

Not those who have gone astray. 

- Al Qur'an


Look at this day, for it is life, 

The very life of life.

In its brief course lie all the realities 

and verities of existence. 

The blliss of growth, the splendor of actions,

The glory of power...

For yesterday is but a dream, 

And tomorrow is only a vision

But today, well lived, 

Makes yesterday a dream of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.

- Sanskrit Proverb

Learn about pastoral care services at Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Springfield Hospital and Taylor Hospital.