Spiritual Care

The Spiritual Care Department represents a variety of faith traditions and seeks to provide special events and services that give observance to the importance of spirituality and faith in healing. Chaplains provide spiritual and emotional support to you and your family on request. A chaplain can be contacted at any time by notifying your unit clerk or nurse.

  • Community Interfaith services are held daily at 9:00 a.m and Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
  • Catholic Mass is held on Sunday through Friday at noon and on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
  • A Muslim prayer room is located in room GD-04.
  • A 24 hour Meditation space is located on the ground floor in room GD-02
  • Jewish services are held as arranged by the Rabbi. For more information, call ext. 7-7138.

You may ask your nurse to make arrangements or call the Department of Spiritual Care at ext. 7-7138. When this office is closed, you may dial ext. 7-6751 and ask the page operator to page the chaplain on call. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day.

Not Alone Transition Companion

Dot-King,-Not-Alone-Transition-Companion-021The Spiritual Care team recently launched a volunteer program that provides critically ill or dying patients and those without family support with a companion in their final days or hours when family members are not available. The team is seeking compassionate and caring volunteers to sit with patients, read with them or just hold their hand so they are not alone at the bedside.

“It’s so good to be able to tell a relative who cannot get here that their loved one is not alone.” –Father Anthony Akinlolu

Hospital Center associates realize giving back this way is rewarding. Dot King, a senior administrative assistant in Engineering, cherishes her new role noting that, “we are all going to leave here one day and no patient should be left alone.” She has been to one very sick patient’s room twice. While she’s not sure he was aware of her presence she says, “His spirit was alive in the room.” And because of Dot, he was not lonely. See her story on the Hospital Center’s Facebook page.

If you have a passion for caring, call the Spiritual Care Department at 202-877-2045 to volunteer.

Contact information:

Dept. of Spiritual Care
110 Irving St., NW, 1B-18
Washington, DC 20010
202-877-5334

24/7 on- call chaplain: 202-877-7138