Chaplain Service - Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
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Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center


Chaplain Service

The Chaplain Service of the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center welcomes you to our healing and caring institution. Spiritual care and treatment is designed to address the spiritual needs and concerns of all Veterans. Treatment is provided by clinically trained chaplains committed to working with men and women Veterans. Our intent is to provide a safe and confidential atmosphere in which Veterans can find support in maintaining optimal spiritual well-being. Our Chaplains represent many faith groups and minister to patients of many religious traditions as well as people who do not profess to have faith. Chaplains have board certified clinical skills and have been approved by their faith denomination bodies to serve in hospital settings. If there are other faith representatives you wish to notify, a Chaplain would be glad to assist you in making contact with your spiritual community.

Spiritual Program Components

When you feel the need for support through prayer or conversation, in order to find hope, discover guidance, to grieve, to help you when you feel alone, broken, sad, angry, confused, afraid, or doubting, or when you just need to talk to someone who cares, you may request a Chaplain visit. Ask your provider to put in a consult to request a Chaplain visit. Women Chaplains are available for issues of special concern for women patients.

Ronald Vicars
Chief, Chaplain Services

 Shirley Craven
Staff Chaplain

Dan Ottaviano
Staff Chaplain

James Mucha
Staff Chaplain

Spiritual Care Services

  • Rooms for Meditation and Prayer
  • Grief Counseling and Support
  • Ethical Decision Making
  • Crisis Intervention
  • End of Life Issues
  • Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Support Group for Women Veterans
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Bereavement Planning
  • Worship/Memorial Services
  • Sacramental Ministry
  • Spirituality Groups (focusing on faith issues)

Contact Info


  • ChapeL Bldg 46

Contact Number(s)

  • 205-554-2000 Ext. 2054
  • 888-269-3045 Ext. 2054

Hours of Operation

  • Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm