The Hospital Chaplain is a referral resource to help patients and family
members as they address life changing experiences and the subsequent questions
that emerge about the meaning of life. For some patients and family members
their spirituality is defined through a religious affiliation and for
other persons spirituality is more latent.
The Hospital Chaplain is a resource person who can help those with an
identified religious affiliation to cope more effectively by using their
spiritual resources such as prayer, scriptures and pastoral counseling.
The Hospital Chaplain is also a resource to persons that are not affiliated
with a religious group. The Hospital Chaplain is prepared to help them
discuss important issues and questions as well as define their own values
and life meaning. The Hospital Chaplain seeks to help those they serve
to access the higher human values – intelligence, compassion, forgiveness,
acceptance, peace, community, consolation – and apply them to present
day events, crises, and challenges.
Upon request, and with consent of the patient and/or caregiver, the Hospital
Chaplain can contact a minister, rabbi, imam or other spiritual support person.
How Can I Contact a Hospital Chaplain?
Pastoral Care is available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
to provide spiritual and emotional support. To make a referral to the
- Call 240-566-3300 and ask the operator to page the Hospital Chaplain
- Dial “0” and ask the operator to page the Hospital Chaplain
- Ask the nurse to contact the on-call Chaplain.