Northern Light Mayo Hospital is committed to caring for the whole person and our holistic approach coordinates and accommodates the spiritual and emotional care for our patients, their families, and the hospital staff. Spiritual care is affirmed as an integral part of the team approach to health care. The Chaplaincy Program at Mayo Hospital provides religious and spiritual care to people of all faiths as well as to those who are not affiliated with any particular organized religious group.
A meditation room is available for use for spiritual needs and devotional materials are found there. It is located off of the lobby near the front entrance to the hospital for those wishing a place for prayer or meditation. Those who desire a visit either from the staff chaplain or a volunteer chaplain should ask their nurse.
Mayo Hospital’s lead chaplain is William (Bill) Sheppard, PA-C. Bill has been an Emergency Department practitioner for three decades and continues to serve in this capacity in addition to fulfilling his chaplaincy role. In 2019, Bill wrote An Ecclesiastical Pilgrimage: Testimony of an Emergency Medicine Man, a book that explores his testimony of faith. In March 2023 he graduated from Christian Leaders Institute and became a commissioned pastor.