The Department of Pastoral Care and Education affirms the sacredness, dignity and worth of all persons as creatures of God. We acknowledge diversity of both individuals and religious/spiritual traditions. We are committed to the respectful provision of pastoral services/spiritual care to our patients and their families and loved ones with compassion and competence. We will strive to provide these services in collaboration with other disciplines, religious institutions, community groups and others seeking to facilitate healing and wholeness of all persons.
During your stay, the Department of Pastoral Care and Education at New York Hospital Queens is concerned about your spiritual needs. Chaplains are available to visit with you, offer prayer and counsel and assist you with your sacramental needs and religious observances. If we may be of assistance to you or to your loved ones, please contact us at 718 670-1114.
If you would like your spiritual leader informed of your hospitalization, we will be pleased to make the contact for you. Please call 718 670-1114 and tell us your name, room number, name of your faith community and its leader. Our staff will make the contact for you. Your spiritual leader is encouraged to visit you.
There is a chaplain on call for emergencies 24 hours a day. Please contact the medical center operator at 718 670-2000.
A multi-faith, non-denominational chapel is available 24 hours a day for patients and their families. It is located on the first floor off the Main Lobby. Catholic Mass is celebrated every Wednesday in the multi-faith chapel at noon. Other special worship services and observances ar offered during the holy seasons of the year.
A Jewish Chapel is available 24 hours a day for Jewish patients and their families. The Jewish Chapel is located on the first floor near the green elevator bank. Electric Sabbath candles are available for Jewish patients. Please call the Pastoral Care and Education Office at 718-670-1114 and leave your name and room number. Kosher food is also available on request. Please contact Nutrition Services at 718-670-1012 to request Kosher food.
Rabbi David Keehn is Director of Pastoral Care at New York Hospital Queens. He has been here for the last 20 years as staff chaplain and the last 14 as director. He has took his first unit of CPE at NYU and did his residency through HCCN in 1993 rotating at Cornell, MSK and Lenox Hill. He is a member of Rabbinical Council of America, the Vaad HaRabonim of Queens, the Queens District Attorney Advisory Council, Vice President of the Queens Jewish Community Council and Queens Advisory Board Member for Vision Services. He received rabbinic ordination from Yeshiva University in 1994. He lives in Queens with his family.
Elaine Chan, a full-time chaplain for the past year and a half at New York Hospital Queens, ministers to people who hail from countries around the world. Prior to this she was the chaplain at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in Brooklyn for almost ten years. Chaplain Chan has a B.A. degree in Journalism, a Master's in Social Work and a Master's of Divinity. Before becoming a chaplain, she worked for almost 20 years in community development on the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
Rev. Eun Joo Kim graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary with an M.Div. in 1993 and a Th.M. in 1996. She served as youth pastor, English Ministry pastor, and pulpit supply pastor for various churches in the tri-state area. She has also worked for the United States Federal Government Department of Commerce for Census 2000 as a Partnership Specialist, where she was the Queens Team Leader, and also as the Director for the Center for Youth Development at the Queens YWCA. Rev. Kim has been serving as a hospital staff chaplain at New York Hospital Queens since September of 2005