Chaplain Service - VA Central Iowa Health Care System
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VA Central Iowa Health Care System


Chaplain Service

Chaplain Service provides spiritual care through visitation, consultation and counseling as requested by patients or providers. Chaplain Service enables Veterans to freely exercise his/her religious faith in a way that promotes healing and helps the Veteran to face the crisis of his/her hospitalization. Veterans may call Chaplain Service directly or request a Chaplain through his/her health care team. Chaplain Service provides religious/spiritual ministrations for the following:

Spiritual Care Services/Programs:

  • Anger Management
  • Crisis Intervention
  • End of Life Issues
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Grief /Bereavement Counseling Support
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Pre/Post-Surgical Pastoral care
  • PTSD/Outpatient Groups
  • Rooms for Meditation and Prayer
  • Sacramental Ministry
  • Spiritual Counseling via Tele Chaplaincy
  • Spirituality Group via Tele Chaplaincy
  • Spirituality Groups(focus on faith issues)
  • Spouse Support
  • Suicide Intervention Counseling
  • Support Group for Women Veterans
  • Worship/Last Roll Call Memorial Service


Who can gain from Chaplain Services?

  • Those facing important life changes.
  • Those suffering due to combat trauma or military sexual trauma.
  • Those grieving loss of a loved one.
  • Those with religious or spiritual questions about health or healthcare.
  • Experiencing a life-threatening or life-changing circumstance
  • When you want to talk about your faith walk
  • Veterans who are adjusting to civilian life
  • Counsel about Advance Directives
 **Special help is offered in the areas of grief, substance abuse and related battles.
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Monday through Friday during the hours of 7:00 am to 4:30 pm;
The chapel is open to all and is located on the third floor of Building 01, Room 3310B.

Regular Chapel Services:

Regular Chapel Services are also held, see schedule below.

Sunday Ecumenical

2CLC:                        Dining Room: 09:15am

1CLC:                        Dining Room: 10:15am

Chapel: Bldg.1 /3rd Floor Channel 7 TV :11:00am

Wednesday Mass

Chapel: Bldg. 1 /3rd Floor Channel 7 TV 11:00 am

Saturday  Mass

1CLC:                        Dining Room: 10:15am

2CLC:                        Dining Room: 09:15am


closed captioning  Chaplain Service Closed Caption TV (CCTV)

         Programming: Channels 7, Building 1


A Chaplain is on-call 24/7;
consult your health care team for a referral.

Chaplains may be reached at these extensions:
5813, 4572 or 5659.

Note: If you are a local clergy member visiting a patient at the VA Central Iowa Health Care please check in at the nurse’s station on the unit where you are visiting your parish member.





Contact Info


  • VACIHCS - Des Moines Campus
    Building 1, 3rd floor
    Chief Chaplain Linda Bruce

Contact Number(s)

  • 515-699-5999 Ext. 5463

Hours of Operation

  • 08:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.