New Chaplain Joins Rochester Regional Health Community

The Spiritual Care Team at Rochester General Hospital welcomes a new member.

The Reverend E Scott Bassett, MS, will be the newest chaplain to the health system staff. As a longtime resident of the Rochester area, he is a familiar face in the chaplain community.

Bassett’s desire is to care for those who struggle in life, to celebrate their successes and to connect with them on a personal level.


Bassett received a master’s degree in theological studies from Northeastern Seminary and in strategic leadership from Roberts Wesleyan College. Her studies also include three internships and a residency in Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).

Prior to joining Rochester Regional Health, Bassett served as an associate pastor caring for homebound, hospitalized, and nursing home parishioners, and had a previous career as a project manager at IBM in their network services division.

Bassett spends his free time with his wife, hiking in many scenic parts of Western New York and eating great food in great company.

Spiritual care team

Rochester General Hospital employs four chaplains as part of its spiritual care program. Each person is uniquely equipped to support patients and staff as they navigate the spiritual, emotional and physical realms of their health.

Chaplains are available at the hospital Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They are also reachable in case of emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We are thrilled to have Scott join us onsite at Rochester General Hospital,” said the Reverend Bryan McMullen, supervisor of spiritual care and education at Rochester Regional Health. “As a servant who has worked in our Rochester health systems for years, he is known and trusted as one who gives himself faithfully and consistently.”


Spiritual care and education

Through our spiritual care, our team of chaplains are there for patients, their families and staff members. For patients of various creeds, creeds, or religious affiliations – and even patients with no identified faith – our compassionate staff will be there as needed.

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