MedStar Washington Hospital Center was formed from the merger of three historic Washington, D.C. hospitals, General Dispensary and Emergency Hospital (founded May 7, 1871); Garfield Memorial Hospital (founded May 18, 1882) and Episcopal Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (founded Jan. 18, 1897). The Hospital Center celebrated its 59th anniversary on March 10, 2017.
A not-for-profit, 912-bed major teaching and research hospital based in Northwest Washington, D.C., MedStar Washington Hospital Center is the largest private hospital in the nation's capital, and among the 100 largest hospitals in the United States.
The Hospital Center is home to the MedStar Heart & Vascular Institute, a national leader in the research, diagnosis and treatment of cardiovascular disease. It operates the Washington Region's first Joint Commission-certified Comprehensive Stroke Center in the District, and provides the latest in cancer treatment and therapies at Washington Cancer Institute. The Hospital Center is also home to the region's only adult Burn Center and to MedSTAR, a nationally-verified level I trauma center with a state-of-the-art fleet of helicopters and ambulances.
At the founding of the Hospital Center, pastoral care was part of the standards of care. Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) was initially accredited at the hospital in April 1977. Currently, the Department of Spiritual Care, with five FTEs, provides summer and extended units of CPE; a 12 month, four units, residency; and a Supervisor Education Student residency.
Based on an educational model for spiritual care service delivery, four stipend/employed chaplain residents provide the majority of day-to-day patient spiritual care coverage. They also function as team administrative chaplains for student interns and Howard University Divinity School Pastoral Care Practicum students. The resident and intern chaplains also serve on specific units as the primary chaplain/spiritual caregiver, and provide coverage of a significant portion of the 24/7 spiritual care on-calls shifts.
Since the late 1990s, Spiritual Care has provided coverage for the neighboring MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. MNRH specializes in treating persons with physical disabilities caused by spinal cord and head injuries, stroke, arthritis, amputation, multiple sclerosis, post-polio syndrome and other neurological and orthopaedic conditions. Although the Department of Spiritual Care no longer provides immediate coverage at MNRH, we maintain a collaborative relationship with their staff chaplain.
The department also utilizes on an as-needed basis a cadre of former CPE students as contract on-call chaplains. Spiritual Care also has a number of volunteer-designated pastoral care givers/chaplains, who are called upon to visit persons from their specific faith group, for example, an Episcopal priest, Jehovah’s Witness, etc. In addition, the department provides administrative/budget oversight for a contract chaplain designated for the hospital’s two mental health units.
The Department of Spiritual Care is currently looking for a Rabbi and Imam to serve their faith specific populations on a volunteer basis.
Pastoral Care Services
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.
An interdenominational chapel is located on the first floor and is open 24 hours a day.
- Community Interfaith services are held daily at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 9:30 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.
Dept. of Spiritual Care
110 Irving St., NW, 1B-18
Washington, DC 20010
24/7 on- call chaplain: 202-877-7138
Pastoral Care Team
- Anthony O. Akinlolu, MBA, MA, BCC, Director, 202-877-7820
- Hallie Lawson-Reeves, BCC, ACPE Supervisor, 202-877-7553
- Paulette Davidson, Administrative Staff Chaplain, 202-877-2045
- Jacques Bateko, Staff Chaplain
- Fr. Denis Mandamuna, Staff/Catholic Chaplain
- Sr. Daria Moon, Catholic Chaplain
Clinical Pastoral Education
Please visit our education page to learn more.