Chaplaincy Services

RMCHCS offers spiritual support for patients and their families through its chaplaincy services. RMCHCS' chaplains have a pivotal role in a patient's emotional, social and spiritual healing. Professional Chaplains provide nondenominational spiritual support, encouragement, and prayers are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Chaplains are available at the hospital, home health, hospice, clinics and WellSpring Behavioral Health. To contact the chaplain, call 505-863-7140 or call the main switchboard at 505-863-7000.

Advance Medical Directives

Reference see Advance Medical Directives.

Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare
This form lets you name someone to serve as your agent or spokesperson. The agent decides your treatment only when you can no longer speak for yourself.

You do not need to be at the end of your life. Your agent could speak for you if you are in a coma but are likely to recover.

Instructions for Healthcare
This form lets you list the medical care you would want in the event that you could no longer express your wishes.

It applies only if you will not live without medical treatment. For example, it would apply if you had advanced cancer or a massive stroke.

These instructions only take effect when you can no longer express your wishes.

For more information about Advance Medical Directives or for help to complete a form, please call the RMCHCS Chaplain at 505-863-7140.

Ethics Committee

RMCHCS has an Ethics Committee that can assist patients with any questions regarding their treatment wishes or situations involving ethical, legal or religious choices. If a patient or family member wishes to contact the Ethics Committee, call 505-863-7140.

Grief Support

RMCHCS offers grief support to those who might be hurting and feeling sorrow because of a major loss of a loved one such as a loss of health, possessions. loss of faith or relocation. Please call 505-863-7140 for questions or to register.

Memorial Services

In November of each year, the RMCHCS chaplain hosts a memorial service. Family members of patients who have died in the hospital or in RMCHCS' hospice program over the past year, are invited to attend the service.

Families who RSVP with the chaplain receive a beautiful ceramic ornament with the name of their loved one inscribed on. The service takes place in the solarium, located on the third floor of the hospital.

Pastoral Support

For help with spiritual needs and emotional support, or to locate a clergyperson of a particular faith group, please call the hospital chaplain at 505-863-7140.