Our patients and their families need a space for prayer and reflection at UCSD Health System La Jolla.

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This petition is important for the mental and spiritual well being of our patients, their families and their loved ones. We are working to create of a dedicated space for prayer that would serve as the spiritual center of UCSD Health System La Jolla. 

Visitors to UCSD Health System La Jolla quickly discover that our facilities resemble luxury hotels more than they do traditional hospitals. Valet parking, thick sliding glass doors, polished hardwood floors, expensive designer furniture, preserved palm trees, fancy chiseled rock fountains and custom artwork on virtually every wall. 

Clearly, no expense was spared in the construction of UCSD's Thornton Hospital, The Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center and The Jacobs Medical Center(under construction). 

What is unclear, is where we are supposed to send grieving family members or patients when they ask for directions to our prayer room. We currently do not have anything to offer them.

No chapel. No meditation room. No prayer garden. Nothing.

Sadly, we have directed many families to our parking lots, so they can pray in their cars. You can also find families trying to pray in the busy hallways just outside our Intensive Care Units.

UCSD can do better. We have to.   

Surely, we can provide a space for some prayer and reflection. This would benefit all patients, but specifically patients and families who are dealing with serious illnesses and end of life challenges.

We are not asking for much. We are not asking for ourselves.

Our request is for a simple room in a quiet area with a place to sit and reflect. A place to humble yourself and pray. This room should never be locked. In fact, it should be available 24/7 to anyone that might need it. 

If UCSD cannot provide a room in the existing Thornton Hospital or the Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center, we can surely set aside a space on one of the ten floors at the now under construction Jacobs Medical Center.

Thank you in advance for your support. 


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