Hospitals Revamp Chapels Into Meditation Rooms

July 20, 2010

Author: Joanna Corman

Source: Beliefnet/Religion News Service


When Connie Johnstone saw relatives of Muslim patients praying in a hospital parking lot, or laying out a plastic bag to create a clean spot on the lobby floor, her visions of a meditation room suddenly got a lot broader.

"I took note of that and said, `Hey, we need to have a place" for them to pray, said Johnstone, the former manager of spiritual care at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Sacramento and suburban Roseville, who now holds a similar position in San Jose.

Johnstone wanted to create a space "that calls up beauty, something that is quiet to still the spirit" for patients, visitors and staff. She also wanted to accommodate the region's diverse religious and cultural rituals.