Chaplaincy Health Care has been part of the Tri-Cities community for over 50 years. Since the day in September of 1971 when four members of Richland Lutheran Church had an idea for a program that would provide outreach to people in jails and nursing homes, and people coping with dying or the loss of a loved one, we have worked hard to serve the spiritual, emotional, and physical needs our community. 

Learn more about our history, decade by decade.

Our chaplains, circa 1978. Standing (left–right): Kent Schaufelberger, Gary Rose, John Moody. Seated: Richard Nordgren and Cathy Herderiey

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Chaplaincy Spirit Comes Full Circle

The story of the Chaplaincy was once summarized as follows, “…our Lord threw together the elemental gifts of a small group of people, stirred them together and flung this fledging ministry into the community.” On April 25, 1971 Pastor Gedde, of Richland Lutheran...

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“The Chaplaincy provides an opportunity for connection and flow of communication between the medical community, the religious community and the social services community.” 

– Rev. John Moody, 1973


For over 50 years, Chaplaincy Health Care has served and cared for tens of thousands of local Tri-City residents of all ages. We invite you to share a memory, special experience, a prayer or blessing for the many years to come. 


  1. Pamela Bolls

    My husband and I have had the privilege of being a part of volunteering with the wonderful Hospice people for over 15 years. We miss being at the HH since the pandemic.
    God blessed us in so many ways by HIS loving thru us, praying thru us, being still to listen cry, or hold a hand.
    We thank all of the Hospice servants who are GOD”S angels and look forward to the time when we can safely be a part once again.
    May GOD protect you and keep you safe.

  2. Dolores Stairet

    We placed my husband in hospice care for 3-1/2 weeks. At the Hospice House they were the kindest people to him. They not only took care of him but also myself, daughter & son.


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