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BMC Pastoral Care

Welcome to Pastoral Care at BMC

The Pastoral Care staff at Berkshire Medical Center is available to provide spiritual support to those with religious connections and those who have none. The Chaplains make daily rounds throughout the hospital campus offering support to those going into surgery, individuals and families in crisis, providing in-services on Strength and Hope for behavioral health patients, and offering comfort to staff and physicians. In addition, the Chaplains are available on an on-call basis for emergency requests from staff, patients and their loved ones.

The chaplains collaborate with area clergy and faith community leaders to offer the most helpful pastoral care. Our Office Coordinator, Kim French, organizes a cadre of trained volunteers, especially Eucharistic Ministers who bring Communion to Catholic patients. The local priests are available for Sacramental ministry, when needed. Other clergy are kept informed and offer to assist when requested for patients and families.

The lovely Chapel at BMC is on the first floor near the hospital entrance and it is available 24/7 for private reflection and prayer, as well as for regular group worship services.  Special services are held throughout the year such as Ash Wednesday services and the Blessing of Hands for physicians, staff, and visitors.

The staff consists of the Reverend Art Kaufman, Sister Colette Hanlon, S.C. and Kim French, Office Coordinator. The Chaplains are available to offer in-services on topics such as Spirituality, Companioning the Dying, Pastoral Care and Behavioral Health, the Grieving Process, Advanced Care Planning and Medical Ethical Dilemmas.

To contact the Pastoral Care Staff or Chaplains, please call 413-447-2251, Monday-Thursday 7:30 am - 4:00 pm and Friday 7:30 am – 12 noon.  During off hours, Chaplains can be reached through the BMC operators by calling 413-447-2000.

BMC Chapel Schedule of Services

Catholic Communion Service 

Wednesday at 12:00 noon

Christian Prayer   Thursday at 12:00 noon
Eckankar, Religion of Light and Sound of God, Services 2nd Sunday each month, 11:00 am


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