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Spiritual Care

"Spiritual care is not a luxury for a few; it is the essential right of every human being, as essential as political liberty, medical assistance, and equality of opportunity. A real democratic ideal would include knowledgeable spiritual care for everyone as one of its most essential truths."

- Sogyal Rinpoche

What is the Essence of Spiritual Care?

Every person has the innate intuition and internal resources to find their own way through distress, to find their own truth. There are times when we all need support and care, someone to listen and witness, someone to see us for the whole person that we are, and to honor and share our journey with us.

This is what Professional Interfaith Chaplains strive to do - to meet you exactly as you are, to listen, to encourage, to assist you in your search for peace.

Chaplains are available on the inpatient, clinical units in the Hayward and Fremont medical centers. 

Hours and Contact Information

Fremont Medical Center

39400 Paseo Padre Parkway
Hospital Building, 1st Floor
Fremont, CA  94538

Phone: (510) 248-7095

Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Hayward Medical Center

27400 Hesperian Boulevard
Hospital Building, 1st Floor
Hayward, CA 94545

Phone: (510) 784-4717

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

Contact Information
Rev. Kelly Childress, Director

Spiritual Care Staff

Kelly web page

Rev. Kelly Childress, M.Div., M.A.
Director, Spiritual Care Services
Board Certified Chaplain

Rev. Childress earned her Masters in Bioethics and her Master of Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley. She completed her clinical pastoral education residency at UCLA Medical Center and is board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Her article exploring issues around ethics and genetics was published in the Journal for Women and Religion in 2002, and in 2009 her paper on spiritual care at the end of life, was published in the Kaiser Provider’s Handbook on Culturally Competent Care. She is the co-chair of the Hayward ethics committee.


Titus George, M.A., B.D., M.Th.
Board Certified Chaplain, Fremont Hospital

Chaplain George earned his M.A. in Sociology and his Master of Theology in India, and completed his clinical pastoral education residency at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. He is board certified with the Association of Professional Chaplains. As a researcher and educator he has explored the intersections between spirituality and health, and has written articles on spiritual care, ethnic identity, and social change. His most recent article, “My Ishvara is Dead: Spiritual Care on the Fringes” was published in 2009 in the Journal of Religion and Health.

Caol McAninch

Rev. Carol McAninch, D.Min
Board Certified Chaplain
ACPE Supervisor
Fremont Hospital

Carol McAninch joined Kaiser Fremont Hospital with a history of chaplaincy work and ministry as an ACPE Supervisor (Association for Clinical Pastoral Education is a graduate level training program for training chaplains). She has worked at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Methodist Hospital, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center. She is ordained in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and endorsed for Hospital Chaplaincy and ACPE Supervision. She earned her BA from Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ, her MDiv from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and her DMin from New York Theological Seminary.


Rev. Stephanie Gameros, M.Div., M.A.B.L.
Board Certified Chaplain, Hayward Hospital 

Rev. Stephanie Gameros earned her Master in Divinity at the Pacific School of Religion and a Master in Biblical Languages at the Graduate Theology Union, in Berkeley.  She completed her clinical pastoral education at the University of San Francisco Medical Center.  She is a "Singing Chaplain," toting guitar and music book in hand as she visits patients, and is passionate about  the holistic healing benefits of music.  Her work has been highlighted in "So Healthy" magazine in the 2010 Summer issue. 


Rev. Carol Estes
Palliative Care Chaplain, Out-Patient

Carol earned her Master in Divinity from Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. She completed a clinical pastoral education residency at University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill, NC. In 2007, she was featured in Career Visions an on-line magazine. She is a certified Domestic Violence / Substance Abuse counselor. Carol is also a certified Appreciative Inquiry facilitator. She has worked in the health-care field for more than twenty years.

Southern Alameda County

Fremont, Hayward, San Leandro and Union City