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, M.Div, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Chair of Pastoral Care – Lankenau Medical Center
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. Marcie Brozyna, MDiv BCC, Riddle Spiritual Care Coordinator
Reverend Marcie Brozyna began her tenure at Riddle in 2015 when she was brought on to create and oversee the Spiritual Care department. In addition to her primary role providing emotional and spiritual support to patients, families, and staff, she created and manages the Riddle Bereavement Group, facilitates visits from local "partners in ministry," and represents Riddle on the Interfaith Counsel of Southern Delaware County. She serves as adjunct faculty at Rosemont College and is a field education supervisor for masters counseling students interning with Riddle Spiritual Care. Reverend Marcie is the Facilitator and co-chair of the Riddle Schwartz Committee. She passionately believes in the importance of integrating emotional and spiritual care as key elements of the holistic health Riddle strives to provide.
Rev. Barbara Emery, BCC, ACPE Certified Educator
Barbara has lived in Philadelphia suburbs since 1989. She has deeps roots in Northern New Mexico where she was born and raised. During a year of volunteer service in Portland, Oregon she met her future husband Keith Emery. They married in New Mexico and made their first home in Princeton, New Jersey. They have lived in New Jersey, Oregon and Pennsylvania. Together they have three grown children, a grandson, and one neurotic pup.
Barbara has an M.A. in Religious Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and is Board Certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Ordained in the United Methodist Church, Barbara served in pastoral capacities within the denomination from 1987 until 2005. After completing a Chaplain residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in 2006, Barbara joined the chaplain staff at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and worked there until 2011. In 2010 when Paoli hospital became a trauma center, she joined the staff part-time at Paoli hospital as their first chaplain in many years. In just over a year her part-time position was made full-time. While at Paoli she developed a comprehensive Spiritual Care program which she currently manages. Barbara is a Candidate Educator with the ACPE and is working on completing Certification as an Educator.
Chaplain Margaret Friel, Spiritual Care Coordinator – Bryn Mawr Hospital
Chaplain Margaret Friel has been serving in the role of Spiritual Care Coordinator at the Bryn Mawr Hospital since 2010. Prior to joining the BMH Team, Margy served as a Chaplain Intern at Bryn Mawr for two years beginning in 2008. Margys' entire career has been in healthcare in the hospital setting, holding positions in the administration of clinical departments and clinical service groups at both Jefferson and HUP. She joined Bryn Mawr Hospital after her internship to build the spiritual care department while meeting the diverse spiritual and religious needs of the community. Chaplain Friel supports the patients, families, and staff of her community, and serves on many committees and teams. These include but are not limited to: BMH and System Ethics, Diversity, Respect, Equity and Inclusion Council, Palliative Care, and System Perinatal Bereavement. Chaplain Friel has mentored several years of seminary students during their Spiritual Year clinical experience. She has also participated on community panels and given lectures on Pastoral Care at surrounding universities. Margy received her master's in health services from St. Joseph's University and completed her Clinical Pastoral Education training at Thomas Jefferson University hospital. Margy remains dedicated to meeting spiritual and emotional needs through traditional prayer and alternative therapies such as, meditation, breathing and guided imagery.
Rev. Dr. J. Bernard Richardson, Interim ACPE Certified Educator
Dr. Richardson, an ordained interdenominational clergyman, will work with our chaplain interns in our Main Line Health CPE Center for the Spring and Summer 2022 Units. He is currently the regional director of spiritual care at Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center located in Bangor, Maine.
Dr. Richardson began his training at Yale New Haven Bridgeport Hospital in Bridgeport, Connecticut as a palliative care chaplain and fellow. He completed his training as an ACPE certified educator at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Richardson serves at the national level as an ACPE Certification Commission reviewer. His academic achievements include a bachelor's degree in philosophy-psychology from SUNY Oswego, a master's degree in Christian counseling from Liberty University, and a master's degree and doctorate in sacred theology from Christ Theological Seminary.
Rev. Quinn Rosenthal, Spiritual Care Associate, Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital
Rev. Rosenthal is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ. He comes to MLH after several years as a Staff Chaplain at the Missouri University Hospital system in Columbia, MO. Quinn completed his chaplain residency in Chicago, IL. In his training, he has experience in nearly every area and patient population in healthcare, as well as specific experience in clinical ethics. His hobbies include gaming, fantasy football, and cooking, especially barbecuing and grilling. He also plays in a local amateur rugby league.
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