Chaplain visits are available for patients, family members and staff of all religions, spiritual orientation, and those with no specific religion.
Coordination of Clergy Visits
When a patient is admitted to the hospital, we ask about their congregational or parish affiliation and whether they would allow us to release their name to the congregation. This is consistent with HIPAA regulations. If the patient agrees, the information can be forwarded by an email address accessible by the parish or congregation. If the patient does not agree, the hospital is not allowed to let anyone know that the patient is here.
Based on our increased emphasis on privacy and safety, we ask that all clergy and pastoral visitors register with the Department of Spiritual Care. Call 203-739-7885 to set up an appointment. This procedure is mandatory in order for clergy and pastoral visitors to obtain a hospital identification badge.
Our interfaith chapel is located on the 1st floor of the hospital. It is open 24/7 for private devotion, prayer and meditation.
In the chapel, we also provide inspirational booklets for patients, staff and visitors and there are copies of scripture from various faith traditions.
A prayer rug is available for those of the Muslim faith.
In the center of the chapel is a book for anyone who would like to enter a written prayer request.
Meet Our Director and Staff
Chaplain Lynn Crager joined the Department of Spiritual Care in September 2011. Prior to becoming director of spiritual care and the Goldstone Caregiver Center, Lynn served as oncology chaplain at the Whittingham Cancer Center, nurse chaplain for staff members (both at Norwalk Hospital), and staff chaplain at Danbury Hospital. Her first career was as a registered nurse and she holds both BSN and MSN degrees.
In addition to completing four units of clinical pastoral education, Lynn is trained in critical incident stress management and psychological first aid at the Yale Center for Disaster Preparedness. She is certified in Peggy Huddleston’s Prepare for Surgery: Heal Faster and Resolve Through Sharing (perinatal bereavement support) programs and as a Legacy Navigator.
Noelle D’Agostino is a chaplain for the Spiritual Care Department at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals. Before coming to Danbury Hospital she served as a chaplain at St. Vincent’s Medical Center and as an oncology chaplain at Norwalk Hospital for the Whittingham Cancer Center.
Noelle has a master of arts in pastoral ministry and a certificate in spiritual direction from Boston College. She completed her clinical pastoral education at Bridgeport Hospital and currently serves as a chaplain in their emergency department. Noelle has nearly fifteen years of ministry experience in pastoral care, young adult ministry, and retreat and prayer facilitation.