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. Chaplains provide non-denominational spiritual support and encouragement and are available 24 hours per day, seven days per week. To contact the chaplain, call 505-863-7140 or call the main switchboard at 505-863-7000.

Advance Medical Directives

RMCHCS respects the rights patients have in making decisions about their health care. These decisions should be noted in their medical records.

Federal law requires hospitals to disclose that patients have the right to accept medical care or refuse it and to be informed of medical consequences of their decisions before and during the delivery of care

An Advance Medical Directive is a form that lets you plan ahead for the care you would want if you could no longer express your wishes. This form allows you to outline the medical treatment you would or would not want and identify the name(s) of the person you would like to make your health care decisions for you if you are no longer able to express your treatment wishes. RMCHCS honors Advance Medical Directives for all patients in accordance with law and regulation and the hospital's capabilities.

An Advance Medical Directive is important for both the young and old as injury or illness can strike at any age. New Mexico's Advance Medical Directive includes both a Durable Power of Attorney for Healthcare and Instructions for Healthcare.

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. A grief support group meets 3 to 4 times a year for 6 to 8 weeks and is open to all in the community, Please call 505-863-7140 for questions 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. The service lasts about an hour and includes readings and prayers and a few brief words of comfort given by the hospital chaplain. Special music and the reading out loud of the names of all those who have passed away makes for a very special time for grieving families.

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.