McLaren Greater Lansing
Patient and Visitor Amenities

McLaren Greater Lansing Amenities:

At McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital, patients and guests will have access to various amenities during your visit, including:

  • McLaren Greater Lansing's cafeterias are open to the public every day.
  • Complimentary WiFi in public areas
  • ATM
  • Elevators
  • Lounge / Waiting Areas
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee shop and Smoothie Bar open Monday through Friday to the public
  • Valet parking option

Gift Shop

Peppermint Gift Shop: The main hospital gift shop serves staff, visitors, and patients, selling a wide variety of gifts, jewelry, candy, flowers, balloons and sundries. Currently the gift shop is open 10am to 5pm Monday-Friday and is available to take phone orders. Please call 517-975-6910.

Spiritual Care

Meet McLaren Greater Lansing's Chaplains

We are here for you and your loved ones! Committed to the care of the whole person, we:

  • actively listen 
  • support you in your beliefs
  • respect your privacy, protect your dignity
  • are present in times of joy or crisis
  • comfort and offer resources in the face of loss or death 

Chaplain coverage extends from 8 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Friday. On the weekend, a chaplain is available 24/7 starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

In addition, if a patient prefers, we will contact his or her spiritual leader. Permission is required from the patient or patient's representative beforehand.


  • When you sign in at Patient Registration, mention any faith tradition, and the spiritual leader who you would like to visit you. Also, let your spiritual leaders know you are in the hospital if you desire their visit. McLaren's full-time Chaplain Coordinator is always glad to visit you, at your request. You can request the duty chaplain through your RN, or by direct dial: (517) 975-6010.
  • • The hospital chapel is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and is a welcome space to reflect or pray. This is an interfaith chapel; please respect the space as such and any others who are using it alongside you.
  • Prayers for specific individuals or needs may be left in the prayer bowl on the altar.
  • Prayer rug is available for those of the Islamic faith.
  • Eucharistic ministers visit Catholic patients on a regular schedule, offering Holy Communion. Special or emergency requests for a priest (e.g., Anointing of the Sick) at other days or times can be made through unit staff or by calling the office of Spiritual Care at (517) 975-6010, or 56010 internally, or (517) 599-9739.
  • The chaplain office is next door, if you desire counsel, information, or have a question. You can also reach the office by phone: (517) 975-6010.

McLaren Greater Lansing Chapels offer quiet, private spaces

The McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital’s commitment to spiritual care in every faith is reflected in our chapel. The Sacred Space chapel is a silent space for prayer and meditation, no matter your religious faith or spiritual identity. The chapel is fitted with worship symbols and holy scriptures from a variety of religious traditions. Prayer stalls for Islamic prayer are in a designated area that faces east. A larger sanctuary is for other prayer and group use. The Chapel is located on the first floor, off the main lobby in the Outpatient Care Center. Look for the Sacred Space sign.

Roman Catholics

Eucharistic ministers visit Catholic patients daily, offering Holy Communion, as does a Roman Catholic priest every Wednesday. Special or emergency requests for a priest (e.g., Anointing of the Sick) other days or times, or for patients at our Penn campus, can be made through unit staff or by calling the office of Spiritual Care at (517) 975-6010, or 56010 internally.

Our Chaplains

  • Chaplain Phil Apol

    Chaplain Phil Apol is lead chaplain and has directed the spiritual care program at McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital since 2013. Phil has been an ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church in North America since 1989, which he has served in various settings(campus, congregational, and chaplaincy) in the United States and Canada. He is also a trained spiritual director(Shalem Institute) and completed his 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education(CPE) at Pine Rest Christian Hospital in Grand Rapids. Phil believes in spiritual care as the hidden asset the hospital has in its mission to bring healing and peace to every individual-- patients, their loved ones, and staff--whatever their beliefs.

  • Chaplain Tricia Ware

    Chaplain Tricia Ware has served as an on-call chaplain at McLaren Greater Lansing since 2014. She has worked for the Ingham County Health Dept. since 1995 as Health Center Manager. She earned her Master Degrees in Theological Studies and M.DIV at Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary in Lynchburg Virginia. She completed one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education at Pine-Rest Mental Health Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI; three units of CPE residency at Covenant HealthCare in Saginaw, MI. She is a Licensed Ordained Minister with the Pentecostal Churches of the Apostolic Faith and Associate Pastor at The Bread House in Lansing. Chaplain Tricia believes in serving with a grateful heart.

  • Chaplain Paul Mai

    Paul Mai is a chaplain with 10 years of experience as a hospital and hospice chaplain, and 15 years of experience as a parish pastor. He has been with McLaren Greater Lansing since 2018. In addition to serving as a chaplain, he is a secondary science teacher, currently teaching at a middle school in Battle Creek, MI. He is a married father of 4 children and two grandchildren, and lives in rural Eaton County.

Send an E-Greeting

If you would like to send a Patient Greeting Card to a loved one or a friend who is a patient at McLaren Greater Lansing or McLaren Orthopedic Hospital, fill out the form below and click on "Send." A volunteer will print the card and deliver it.

Cards will be delivered within 24 hours of receipt (Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. only). If the patient has been discharged or if the card contains private medical information or other potentially embarrassing/personal information, we will delete it. Weekend cards will be delivered the following Monday.

This Patient Greeting Card is set up only to receive patient e-mail. Patients are unable to send outgoing replies.

This is not a secured page, however, all messages received are handled confidentially. In order to distribute the Patient Greeting Card a patient must agree to be listed on the Hospital Census when being admitted.

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