The Daniel F. Evans Center
For Spiritual And Religious Values in Healthcare


The mission of the Evans Center is to promote the integration of religious and spiritual values in healthcare with a focus upon the mission, values and practices of IU Health.


The Evans Center will promote and provide resources for initiatives, programs and research that integrate the values of compassion, whole person care, ethical practice and spiritual care services into all patient care, community wellness and staff development activities of IU Health.

Our Priorities

To Promote

Spiritual well-being and whole person care within Indiana University Health.

To Educate

IU Health clinicians, patients and families about religious, spiritual and ethical dimensions of healthcare.

To Conduct

High quality research on the relationships of religion and spirituality to health and healthcare.

To Address

Systemic needs for change within IU Health and the community in order to promote spiritual wholeness, human flourishing and human equality.

To Explore

The intersection of religion and health through scholarship, teaching, and service and engage students and scholars in the fields of theology, religion, and health in interdisciplinary scholarship and practice.

To Respect

Diverse religions, beliefs and practices of the IU Health community.

Our History

The Daniel F. Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare was established in 1996 in honor and memory of Indianapolis business leader Daniel F. Evans. Mr. Evans was a longtime champion of the integration of religious values into healthcare through his service on the Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital Board of Directors. 

One of the first centers of its kind to be developed and supported by a major hospital system, the Evans Center for Spiritual and Religious Values in Healthcare focuses on providing a forum for encouragement of interdisciplinary collaboration and support of spirituality in healthcare-related research that furthers the values of Indiana University Health.

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