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Spiritual Care

Duke Raleigh Hospital is committed to meeting the needs of all people. The spiritual care department is available to patients, families, caregivers, physicians, and staff members who seek ministries of growth, hope, and healing.

Spiritual care provides:

  • Spiritual and pastoral care and counseling
  • Spiritual assessment, intervention, comfort, and nurture
  • Facilitation and support of religious practices of all faiths and spiritual paths
  • Emotional support and follow-up services
  • Coordination of bereavement and decedent care services
  • Spiritual and pastoral education
  • Non-judgmental listening
  • Crisis intervention
  • Advocacy for patients and staff
  • Collaboration with all members of the health care team

dixon.jpgAbout the Director

Reverend Adrian L. Dixon led the development of the spiritual care department in 2003. He was Duke Raleigh Hospital's clinical chaplain from 2003-2005 and has served as the director of spiritual care since 2006.

Rev. Dixon has a bachelor of arts in religion from Campbell University, a masters of divinity from Duke University and a doctor of ministry from Virginia Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education, the Association of Professional Chaplains, and the North Carolina Chaplain's Association.

He is actively involved in the community and speaks at churches, colleges, and universities about the role of chaplaincy, spiritual care, and ethics. In addition to his full-time role at the hospital, Rev. Dixon also pastors a church in Knightdale, NC.

chapel.jpgJohn Knight Family Chapel

This sacred space, given by the John Knight family, is located on the first floor of Duke Raleigh Hospital (near the emergency room). The chapel is open for prayer, meditation, and reflection for persons of all faiths, as well as for regularly scheduled religious and spiritual-health related programs.

Please contact the spiritual care office at 919-954-3268 to discuss scheduling events or to reach the contact persons for your faith group.

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Opportunities

The Department of Spiritual Care provides accredited Level 1 and 2 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) to  ministerial students, clergy, and interested lay people.  Our CPE program is a satellite for Duke University Hospital’s Pastoral Services Department and is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE).  For more information or to obtain an application, please contact the Reverend Adrian L. Dixon at 919-954-3268 or

Contact Us

The director of spiritual care and chaplain interns are deployed throughout the hospital. If a patient, visitor, or caregiver desires a visit, please follow the directions based on day and time:

  • Weekdays: Call the spiritual care department office at 919-954-3268 and request a visit from a chaplain
  • Evenings and weekends: Ask your nurse to arrange for you to speak with a chaplain