“At Good Samaritan Hospital, Catholic identity is the cornerstone of our culture of care encompassing all faiths, all creeds, all races. We care for everyone.” - John Smyth, Former Chair of the Board of Directors
Who we are
The Department of Spiritual Care at MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital is founded on Catholic values and follows the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services. Its Mission adapts a holistic approach that addresses the needs of the body, mind, and soul, as well as provides an ecumenical approach to meet the needs of people of diverse faiths and traditions.
Our spiritual care team consists of a Catholic priest, Eucharistic Ministers, chaplains of all faiths, volunteers, and Assistant Vice President of Mission Integration, who care for others in the spirit of prayer and compassion. In recognizing the dignity of all persons and the sacredness of all faiths, they offer emotional and spiritual support for patients, their families, and associates and can be contacted through Nursing Staff or by calling Spiritual Care office at 443-444-3858.
The MedStar Good Samaritan Chapel is open 24 hours a day for solitude, prayer, and reflection. It is located on the first floor and is wheelchair accessible. Morning and evening prayers are ecumenical and announced daily over the intercom.
Roman Catholic Celebrations
Mass: Celebrated in the Chapel on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 10 a.m. and broadcast live to all patient rooms on channel 20.
Eucharist: The “Sacrament of Nourishment and Love” is offered every day to Catholic patients in their rooms by Catholic priest or Eucharistic Ministers.
Anointing of the Sick: The “Sacrament of Compassion, Healing, and Comfort” is available upon request by calling Spiritual Care at ext. 3858 and asking for a Catholic priest.
Reconciliation: The “Sacrament of Healing and Forgiveness” is available upon request by calling Spiritual Care at ext. 3858 and asking for a Catholic priest.
Other Faith Traditions/Cultures
The Etta Bar Rash Jewish Prayer and Meditation Room, located outside the Chapel, is open 24 hours a day for interfaith prayer and reflection. Sabbath candles, kosher meals, and other services are available upon request.
- Prayer space for Muslim reflection and other private prayer is located inside the Chapel on the left.
- The Spiritual Care Team will be happy to contact a clergy person of the patient’s faith tradition if requested.
Health Care Decision-Making for Maryland Catholics
Prayer and Religious Programming
Patients may tune their in-room televisions to the following religious channels:
- Channel 20: Programming includes a live broadcast of Catholic Mass and other services originating from the Chapel and more than 1,000 hours of quiet music and images for prayer and meditation. Available 24 hours a day.
- Channel 21: EWTN Catholic Network broadcasts religious programming and services.
For urgent consults, sacraments, and after-hours requests, please call the MedStar Good Samaritan operator at ext. 0 and request the priest be called. Patients, their family members, or visitors in the hospital, may feel free to ask their nurse to email the chaplain or call ext. 3858.