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Spiritual Care

Anam Cara Program

The Anam Cara program at Good Samaritan Hospital uses caring volunteers to bring an additional source of support and encouragement to patients and their family members.

What is Anam Cara?

Anam Cara is the Gaelic phrase for “soul friend.” The Anam Cara program at Good Samaritan Hospital is comprised of caring volunteers who give of their time and energy to make a difference in the lives of others. Anam Cara visit and provide support to patients who are grappling with acute, chronic, and sometimes life-threatening illnesses. They often visit with the family members of patients as well.

Anam Cara seek to be supportive of patients and family members simply by offering caring friendship and a warm heart. They strive to be good listeners and come with no agenda other than to be with patients or family members for a while as a way of lending support and offering encouragement and hope. They approach patients and their loved ones with the awareness that each and every person is a unique human being deserving of dignity and respect.

Who Are Anam Cara?

Anam Cara come from all walks of life and bring a diverse assortment of life experiences and occupational backgrounds with them. They come with their own unique spiritual and faith perspectives, and they bring a variety of gifts and talents.

Every Anam Cara receives initial training and orientation before beginning to visit patients. Additionally, they receive ongoing training while they remain involved with the Anam Cara program. The Anam Cara program is an interfaith, cross-cultural and inclusive initiative that is enriched by the diversity found among our Anam Cara and those whom the program serves.

How Do I Learn More?

If you might be interested in serving others as an Anam Cara at Good Samaritan Hospital, or would like additional information about the Anam Cara program, please contact Craig Schneider, Spiritual Care Division Manager, at (937) 734-2163(937) 734-2163, or e-mail

Content Updated: May 19, 2016

These Good Samaritan Hospital locations offer Spiritual Care Services.
Health Ministries at Good Samaritan Hospital
2200 Philadelphia Dr. Ste. 444 Dayton, OH  45406
Spiritual Care at Good Samaritan Hospital
2222 Philadelphia Dr. Dayton, OH  45406
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