spiritual care

UCLA Health Staff Find Peace in Midst of Storm

By Jane Murcia • April 15, 2020

“We are here to support patients, families and staff as they go through a rather challenging time,” explains Reverend Yuko Uesugi, the Interim Director of Department of Spiritual Care at UCLA Health. “For patients and their families, our job starts with first introducing ourselves and building a rapport. For them to feel safe to [...]

By uclahealth • February 21, 2020

“We are trying to do a blessing onto those who are being a blessing to our patients,”says Roland Perkins, a chaplain at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. “We are doing a blessing of the hands for [...]

By uclahealth • June 27, 2019
With 25 years of volunteering under his belt, 93-year-old Norm Serra calls himself a “professional volunteer” – and understandably so.  Two days a week, he volunteers for different UCLA Health departments, including its Spiritual Care office [...]
By UCLA50Plus • November 8, 2018
No one wants to be hospitalized, especially during the holidays. Separation from family and friends and missing out on traditional activities such as shopping for gifts, baking special treats and attending celebrations and religious events can make a patient feel sad. “It’s not uncommon for people to [...]
By Amy Albin • December 11, 2017
In 2014, UCLA’s departments of palliative care, spiritual care, social work and volunteer services worked together to create the No One Dies Alone (NODA) program. [...]
By uclahealth • June 7, 2016