Caring for the whole person
When you or a loved one is in the hospital, it can create a lot of different thoughts, feelings, concerns and questions. Sometimes it helps to connect with someone who can provide religious, spiritual or emotional support during this stressful and trying time. You don't have to navigate this journey alone. Our spiritual care professionals are trained to provide spiritual and emotional support by offering an empathetic listening ear and ways to find mindfulness.
A broad definition of spiritual care
Our chaplains serve all patients and visitors — regardless of religion, faith and beliefs — with respect, empathy and dignity. You can turn to our chaplains for thoughtful guidance, comfort and support when you or a loved one are faced with:
- A new or difficult prognosis
- Feelings of depression, guilt, anxiety, apprehension and fear
- Emotional trauma
- Family and relationship issues
- Life situations that contribute to an illness or complicate recovery
- Making ethical decisions about treatment
Some of the ways our spiritual care professionals provide compassionate support and guidance include:
- Empathetic listening
- Pastoral counseling
- Guided meditation and other alternative therapies
- Support when making difficult decisions
- Prayer and sacramental support
- Providing spiritual, religious and meditative services
- Providing spiritual resources, such as religious texts
- Honoring specific rites and rituals while you or your loved one is in the hospital
Our spiritual care professionals can assist with special dietary needs related to faith, culture or tradition. We can also assist with connecting you with community faith representatives.
If you need help coping with the death of a loved one, we offer free bereavement and grief support groups .
Spiritual care information and support
For your convenience and comfort, an interfaith prayer and meditation room is located on the first floor of every hospital and is available 24 hours a day.
If you need to talk with a spiritual care professional or would like to learn more about the pastoral services available throughout Main Line Health, please call Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:
For nights, weekends and emergencies, please ask the hospital staff to page the chaplain on-call.
Our spiritual care team
Rev. Casey Bien-Aime, Chair of Pastoral Care
The Rev. Casey Bien-Aime is the Spiritual Care Coordinator at Lankenau Medical Center. She attended Drew University for her undergraduate degree, and earned her master of divinity degree at Palmer Theological Seminary. Rev. Bien-Aime's Clinical Pastoral Education training was completed at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. While at Jefferson, Rev. Bien-Aime's focus was in high-risk maternity, rehabilitation and neurological trauma. In her final year, she pursued a fellowship working on a grant from the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health.
Rev. Bien-Aime currently serves in many capacities in Main Line Health, including but not limited to: Ethics, Diversity, Diversity Respect and Inclusion Faculty, Palliative Care, Perinatal Bereavement, Trauma, Schwartz Rounds Committee, Grandin Symposium Committee, and the local Interfaith Ministerium.
Rev. Dr. Liam Muggleton Robins, ACPE Certified Educator
The Rev. Dr. Liam Muggleton Robins started working as an ACPE-Certified Educator and Chaplain at Main Line Health/Lankenau Medical Center in October 2015. Liam graduated with a master's in professional counseling in 1997 from Geneva College and a master of divinity degree from Yale Divinity School in 2002. He was ordained in the United Church of Christ and endorsed for chaplaincy and educational ministry in 2004. In 2018, Liam was ordained as an interfaith minister through The New Seminary.
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is an opportunity for ministers to learn who they are in professional relationships and what motivates them personally in serving the spirit being of their understanding. In working with students, Rev. Robin's goal is to empower them to create a healthy community with their peers, parishes and families that are life-affirming for all.
Main Line Health serves patients at hospitals and health centers throughout the western suburbs of Philadelphia. To schedule an appointment with a specialist at Main Line Health, call 1.866.CALL.MLH (225.5654) or use our secure online appointment request form .