The Hospital Chaplain

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 Hospital Chaplain:

  • 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.