Spiritual Health

Support to cope with the stress of illness

Nancy Pelligrini
Chaplain Nancy Bird Pellegrini

Hospital chaplains are ministers with specialized training to work in inter-religious healthcare settings. Many people request a chaplain visit when they need spiritual or emotional support, if they have received bad news or are facing difficult choices, or want to talk to someone about their beliefs.

At Alice Peck Day Memorial Hospital, Chaplain Nancy Bird Pellegrini visits patients of all faiths, spiritual or philosophical beliefs to help them cope with the stress of illness. She is available to listen to your unique story and provide support through the challenges you are facing. 

Pellegrini completed her clinical pastoral education training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, where she worked in the birthing pavilion, intensive care unit, COVID unit, intensive care nursery, and oncology. She previously served as a chaplain at the Medical University of South Carolina, where she started the first outpatient chaplaincy program at the Hollings Cancer Center. She is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister and holds her Masters of Divinity degree from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.

Even people who do not think of themselves as religious often find they feel strengthened and comforted by personal attention to their spiritual needs. If you would like to see the chaplain, please tell your care management team.

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Spiritual services include

  • Spiritual and emotional support 
  • Support through experiences of pain, suffering, and loss
  • Help coping with treatment 
  • Guidance in decision making for treatment options, transition concerns, or end-of-life choices
  • Grief and support services 
  • Requests for contact with clergy of specific religious affiliation

Chaplain hours at APD

Mondays 8:30 am to 5 pm

Wednesdays 2 pm to 5 pm

Thursdays 12:30 pm to 5 pm

Contact information

Please email Nancy Pellegrini at nancy.b.pellegrini@hitchcock.org