The Clergy Hospital Visitation Identification Badge is recognized by hospitals in 18 counties in the region, and it was developed by the Northwest Ohio Pastoral Care Directors and the Northwest Ohio Safety and Security Directors. Clergy are asked to wear the badge when they visit patients in northwest Ohio hospitals. The clergy badge costs $30 and expires in three years; replacement badges cost $20.
To apply for approval to receive a clergy badge to visit hospitals in the 18-county region, please download and complete the clergy badge application. Clergy badges are recognized by hospitals in the following counties: Allen, Auglaize, Defiance, Erie, Fulton, Hancock, Henry, Huron, Lucas, Mercer, Ottawa, Paulding, Putnam, Sandusky, Seneca, Van Wert, Williams and Wood.
Mail the completed application and one of the following forms of documentation – an Ordination Certificate, License or letter from your religious leader – to:
Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio (HCNO)
3231 Central Park West Drive, Suite 200
Toledo, OH 43617
HCNO will notify clergy whose applications have been approved. Clergy will need to schedule an appointment to get their photos taken and pay for their badges by calling 419-842-0800. Proof of identity, such as a driver’s license or state identification card, will be required before a photo is taken.