Quiet Space Dedicated by Staff of Several Faiths
Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento Spiritual Care Services celebrated the opening of the new Quiet Space at Sutter General Hospital last week. The brief but inspiring dedication service involved several employees and physicians of different faith traditions — as well as a patient and family member —offering their blessings for the room.
The Quiet Space is located on the second floor next to the space being prepared for the upcoming Au Bon Pain café.
Here are the blessings offered by Sutter employees representing several faiths:
Winty Singh, Senior Planning Analyst, Sikh: “May this be a place of connection, to the Light within ourselves and to each other, in the spirit of healing and rejuvenation.”
Marion Leff, M.D., Director of Family Practice Residency, Jewish: “May this be a place of r’fuah shlemah, a complete healing, healing of the soul and healing of the body.”
Jackie Valdez, Case Manager, Roman Catholic: “May this be a place where you will experience the healing love of Christ our divine physician and healer.”
Katie Tenerelli, Social Services Clinical Supervisor, Protestant: “May this be a place of communing with the Holy.”
Muhammad Afzal, M.D., Pulmonary Physician, Muslim: “May this be a place of peace and quiet.”
Barbara West, Wound & Ostomy Nurse, Buddhist: “May this be a place to recognize our basic goodness.”
Gary Zavoral, Public Relations Specialist, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: “May this be a place where everyone can feel God’s love and comfort while His hands help guide the care of our loved ones.”
Prem Chahaun, Environmental Services, Hindu: “May this be a place to share warmth and happiness for those in need, a place to share love, peace and harmony to our fellow man.”
Raymond Kozuma, SMCS Patient, Oncology Services: “May this be a place of joy and celebration.”
Phil Goldvarg, Family Member, Native American: “May this be a place of gathering of all relatives.”