The Department of Pastoral Care at Sibley Memorial Hospital has a rich and outstanding history with more than 50 years of dedicated service. The richness of this tradition is tied to Sibley’s founding as Methodist hospital at the end of the 19th century.
The department is committed to providing spiritual and emotional support to patients, their families and the staff of the hospital. As part of a holistic team, we promote the spiritual care of persons as an essential dimension of total care and services provided by Sibley. Our dedicated chaplains provide spiritual support to people of all faith traditions, and are readily available in the hospital to visit your room for spiritual counsel, prayer, emotional support, or a nonjudgmental presence while you work through any worries or concerns that may arise during hospitalization. We are respectful of cultural, spiritual and linguistic traditions, and encourage patient’s personal clergy to visit and pray with them.
We are available for all faith groups and know the importance of spirituality in wellness and critical moments of life’s transitions. You do not have to be extremely religious to request spiritual-pastoral care. Our department sees spirituality and pastoral care as the need for all people to find meaning and purpose in life which can be expressed in many ways.
The chapel is located on the 1st floor of the Main Hospital, next to the main elevators. The chapel is open 24 hours a day for prayer, meditation and solace. Community worship service is offered in the chapel Sundays at 11:00 a.m. for all faith groups. Roman Catholic Mass is held on Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. and Sundays at 12:10 p.m.. All are welcome. For patients who cannot attend these services in person, tune in to channel 14 for a broadcast in any inpatient hospital room.
To contact a member of our staff, please call the Pastoral Care Office at 202-537-4084 between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. After 5:00 p.m., an on-call chaplain is available overnight to respond to any urgent requests. During these hours, request the hospital’s communication operator to page the on-call chaplain. Our response time as we are not usually in the hospital overnight may take up to one hour.