Spiritual Support services are available to GBMC patients and their families of all faiths and backgrounds
On many of the inpatient units, members of the Spiritual Support team will visit patients soon after their admission. If the patient wishes, regular visits can be scheduled throughout the patient's hospital stay. Additional support is always available upon request.
GBMC provides a number of diverse worship opportunities in its unique Chapel, located near the Main Lobby, which is open 24-hours-a-day for private and devotional prayer. For those unable to come to the Chapel, prayer services and concerts are televised live to patient rooms over the hospital's Spiritual Channel 3.
Spiritual Support Services has numerous opportunities for volunteering and community outreach. Its Center for Spiritual Support Training (CSST) offers specialized training to community clergy and lay leadership in the tools needed for effective ministry to the sick.
Chaplain (The Reverend) J. Joseph Hart, M.Div, BCC
Director of Spiritual Support Services
Executive Director, GBMC Center for Spiritual Support Training
Chaplain Hart oversees the spiritual and emotional needs of GBMC's patients, families and staff. A board-certified chaplain, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology and Health Care from Salisbury University, his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity from St. Mary's Seminary and University. He continued his studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in Church Interior Design Consultation and most recently studied mind body medicine at Harvard Divinity School.Meet the Spiritual Support Team
Chaplain (The Reverend) J. Joseph Hart, M.Div, BCC
Director of Spiritual Support Services
Executive Director, GBMC Center for Spiritual Support Training
Chaplain Hart oversees the spiritual and emotional needs of GBMC's patients, families and staff. A board-certified chaplain, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Gerontology and Health Care from Salisbury University, his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Master of Divinity from St. Mary's Seminary and University. He continued his studies at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in Church Interior Design Consultation and most recently studied mind body medicine at Harvard Divinity School.
Prior to joining GBMC, Chaplain Hart served in various ministerial capacities throughout the Baltimore Metropolitan area, working in various healthcare and teaching ministries. Chaplain Hart is a Clinical Supervisor at Loyola University Maryland, in the MA, MS and Ph.D. programs. He is consultant and advisor at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Clinical Pastoral Education Program. He serves as a member of the Mid Atlantic Region Ethics Committee for Genesis Elder Care and is a trustee of the Institute for Islamic, Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS). He is Clinical Supervisor with the Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC with students in their process toward ordination. Chaplain Hart also serves on the board of the William S. Baer School Partnership for children with special needs. Chaplain Hart is a priest in the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Maryland
Chaplain Saundra Rector
Chaplain, GBMC HealthCare
Chaplain Rector has a primary focus at GBMC on clinical rounds - providing spiritual and emotional support for the hospital’s patients, families and staff. She works with Chaplain Hart and our volunteer team to expand the mission of the Spiritual Support department. Chaplain Rector received her Bachelor of Arts with a focus in Broadcast Communications from the University of Iowa, and worked in advertising, public relations, and marketing early in her career. Called into ministry as a second career, she received a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C., and is an ordained Elder in The United Methodist Church, Baltimore-Washington Conference. She has served as a parish pastor for The United Methodist Church, including a multi-staff congregation in NW D.C., and as the lead pastor of a multi-national congregation in Silver Spring, MD. She has provided direction for ministerial candidates as a part of the District Committee on Ordained Ministry, serving as a mentor, and being a site supervisor for Wesley Seminary interns. Prior to coming to GBMC, Chaplain Rector completed a one-year chaplain residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, and is pursuing Board Certification through the Association of Professional Chaplains.
Reverend Caroline Stewart
Faculty, GBMC Center for Spiritual Support Training
Reverend Stewart earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Converse College; Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Virginia; Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Care from Loyola University; and Advanced Degree in Anglican Studies from Virginia Theological Seminary. She was ordained as transitional deacon in the Episcopal Church in June 2006 and was ordained as an Episcopal priest in January 2007. She currently serves as Chaplain at Garrison Forest School and Senior Associate Rector at The Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. She is also a board member for the Institute for Christian and Jewish Studies (ICJS) and Samuel Ready School Board and is a member of the GBMC Medical Ethics Committee.
Sister Mary Donohue
Clinical Supervisor, Center for Spiritual Support Training
Sister Mary Donohue, SND, holds a master's degrees in Early Childhood Education and Theology. She is a board-certified chaplain and a CPE supervisor. She has been a primary grade teacher and spent 20 years as a hospital chaplain, department head and CPE supervisor. More recently she has served as an administrator in her religious community. For the last four years Sister Mary has assisted Chaplain J. Joseph Hart, Director of Spiritual Support Services, with training programs for clergy and laity of all faiths at GBMC.
Katherine "Kitty" Allen
Kitty earned her bachelors degree in English Writing from Western Maryland College. An employee of GBMC's Spiritual Support Services since July 2003, Kitty previously worked as administrative assistant to the Dean of Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University for more than 16 years.
Toby Friedman and Ruth Wolman
Representatives, Bikur Cholim
Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) is a Jewish organization providing encouragement and reassurance to patients and families. At GBMC they provide challah bread, grape juice and candles for Shabbat on a weekly basis.
Reverend Frederick K. Weimert
Baptist Minister and President of the Maryland Ecumenical Council
Rev. Weimert is pastor emeritus of Calvary Baptist Church in Towson where he served faithfully for over 35 years. Fred serves as an on-call chaplain and celebrates chapel services on a periodic basis. Fred provides vacation coverage for GBMC's full-time chaplain.
Deacon Vito S. Piazza, Sr.
Deacon Vito was ordained a Permanent Deacon for the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore in May of 2013 and is currently assigned to GBMC. Vito visits patients in the critical care units offering spiritual support and emotional reassurance. He also attends Ethics Committee meetings and family consults as needed. He earned a B.A in Religious Studies with minors in Latin American studies and Philosophy from Notre Dame of Maryland University. He holds two masters degrees from Saint Mary’s Seminary & University Ecumenical Institute of Theology, an M.A. in Theology and an M.A. in Church Ministries with a concentration in Pastoral Care. Vito and his wife Doris of 37 years established the Hope for Morrope Foundation, a 501C3 non-profit corporation in 2002 which provides post secondary education leading to university admission for the underprivileged in Morrope, Peru.
Father Sam Young
Father Sam Young is the Catholic priest serving the spiritual and sacramental needs of our GBMC patients. Father Sam is a Baltimore native having grown up in the Parkville area of Baltimore having attended St. Michael’s Elementary School. Following his studies at St Michael’s he attended Archbishop Curley High School. Following graduation from high school Fr. Sam attended Mount Saint Mary’s College in Emmitsburg Maryland earning a B.S. degree in Business and Finance. He continued his graduate studies in Theology receiving his Master of Divinity from St. Mary’s Seminary and University. While being the GBMC Catholic chaplain he is also serving as an associate pastor at St. Joseph Church In Cockeysville, Maryland. Fr. Sam can be contacted through the Spiritual Support Office.
Chris is a classical guitarist who provides calming music for our patients, families and staff. Chris has a strong classical music background and is a 2003 graduate of Towson University with a BS in Music, and in 2009 completed his MM degree in Classical Guitar Performance. When not performing at GBMC, Chris teaches private lessons in guitar, piano, and ukulele. Chris also has been performing weddings, private events, and at area restaurants since 2002. Learn more about Chris at his website.
- On Campus Chapel
- Spiritual/Religious Resources
- Spiritual Care Coordination
- Worship Opportunities
- Patient Room Spiritual TV Channel
- Pet Therapy
- Music Ministry
- Ethics Consultations
- Advance Directive Information
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 the individual's spiritual leader to request a visit.
Worship Service Opportunities
- 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 each 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 are also available
Spiritual Support Services offers pet therapy through National Capital Therapy Dogs, a non-profit, all-volunteer organization that provides animal-assisted therapy and other activities to people in health facilities, shelters, schools and libraries. NCTD is recognized as one of the top animal-assisted therapy organizations in the country, providing a full range of therapy services to approved facilities, visiting medical and psychiatric patients, stroke and trauma clients, palliative care patients, and others.
Through the 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. They take place in Main Lobby B or in the OB Atrium.
Ethics consultation is a service offered by GBMC to facilitate discussion between patients, family, physicians, nurses and/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 Chapel 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 Information
An 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 form.
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Spiritual Support Services In the News
- Listen to Part 1 of a WPOC radio interview with Chaplain Joe Hart and Reverend Caroline Stewart.
- Listen to Part 2 of a WPOC radio interview with Chaplain Joe Hart and Reverend Caroline Stewart.
- Read an article featuring GBMC's unique chapel in the Stained Glass Quarterly.
- Read an article by Chaplain Joe Hart entitled "3 Ways Music Helps the Hospital's Environment".