Spiritual Support Services
Located on the third floor near the Main Lobby, the Chapel is open 24-hours-a-day for personal and devotional prayer.
Free devotional literature, Bibles, the Koran, Tenach, Book of the Psalms, Muslim prayer rugs, Jewish Shabbat candles, Catholic rosaries, prayer shawls and other spiritual resource materials are available through Spiritual Support Services. Recently, GBMC published its own general book of prayers, which is available to patients.
Spiritual Care Coordination
At the patient's request, his or her Pastor/Rabbi/Priest or Imam can be notified of hospitalization. A visit from a patient's denominational representative may be arranged. With permission, Spiritual Support Services staff will contact an individual's spiritual leader to request a visit.
- A Catholic Communion Service is celebrated on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Hospital Chapel, near the Main Lobby. The service is broadcast live on the Spiritual Channel 3. Patients registered as Catholic will be visited by a Eucharistic minister offering The Eucharist on a daily basis.
- A Protestant Communion Service is celebrated on Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel, near the Main Lobby. Communion will be distributed to patients in their rooms upon request following the service. The service is broadcast live on the Spiritual Channel 3.
- Jewish Shabbat Prayers are available on Fridays in the Chapel upon request.
- Muslim Friday Prayer is available at 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. every Friday in the chapel.
- Various religious celebrations and seasonal services are held throughout the year.
Spiritual Channel 3 broadcasts certain spiritual/religious services and events throughout the hospital including:
- The Elma Donovan Memorial Concert Series
Spiritual Support Services offers the Wednesdays at Noon Concert series in honor of Elma Donovan, through the generosity of the Board of the Hospital for the Women of Maryland, Baltimore City, on the second Wednesday of the month. Concerts are performed in the chapel or the Baetjer OB Entrance of the hospital. The concerts are available to patients, visitors and staff. Concerts and recitals are broadcast throughout the hospital on the Spiritual Channel 3.
- Catholic and Protestant Communion Services
Pet TherapySpiritual Support Services offers pet therapy through the Delta Society, an organization whose mission is to "help lead the world in advancing human health and well-being through positive interactions with animals."
Music MinistryThrough Spiritual Support Services music ministry, Sandra Lumpkin performs harp music for the dying. Music Ministry services are generously funded by the Milton J. Dance Jr. Head & Neck Center. Spiritual Support Services also arranges informal musical performances by local musicians and groups. The piano performances feature a blend of religious, contemplative, classical and popular music and take place in Main Lobby B or OB (Yaggy) Atrium.
Ethics ConsultationsEthics consultation is a service offered by GBMC to facilitate discussion between patient, family, physicians, nurses or other involved persons faced with deep concerns or conflicts over patient care decisions. The committee provides guidance and offers opinions and suggestions to resolve disputes regarding care. The committee consists of representatives from various clinical and administrative departments of the hospital, including Chaplain Joe Hart, as well as members of the surrounding community.
You or a family member may request an ethics consultation by paging 410-232-0716. You may also ask any member of your health care team to initiate the consultation process on your behalf. For more information, visit GBMC's Ethics Consultation page.
Advance Directive InformationAn Advance Directive is a legal document that allows individuals to communicate their decisions about end-of-life care before the situation arises. Making these decisions in advance gives patients the peace of mind that their wishes will be followed while also taking the decision-making burden off of their loved ones.
Chaplain Joe Hart is available to those who wish to discuss creating an Advance Directive and can be reached at 443-849-2054.
Additional Information can be found at the following websites:
- Maryland Attorney General - Advance Directives
This website gives more information about Advance Directives for Maryland residents and provides links to print
Advance Directive forms for individuals with impaired vision as well as forms in Spanish,
Chinese, French, Korean, Russian, and Vietnamese.
- Advanced Directive documents by state
Here, users can find downloadable Advance Directive forms based on the state in which they
live. The website also contains resource information on planning ahead for advance directives,
caring for others, living with an illness and grieving.
- U.S. Living Will Registry
This website provides information about Advance Directives and links to various Advance
Directive Documents. It is a tool that allows individuals to submit these documents, which are stored electronically in the
registry for easy access in case of emergency.
- Five Wishes information
Five Wishes is a living will document written in everyday language that allows users to
address their personal, emotional, spiritual and medical wishes should they become seriously
ill. The website provides information and instructions on how to complete the Five Wishes