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Pastoral Care Services

Pastoral and spiritual care resources are offered on a 24 hour basis, through the Department of Pastoral Care. These resources address not only what many commonly think of as "religious" concerns, but also spiritual concerns. Few of us, whether religious or not, escape questions and doubts in the face of a loved one's illness, traumatic injury, or immenent surgery. Pastoral and spiritual care is offered to support the emotions these questions can evoke, and to help bring about and maintain an enhanced sense of spiritual well-being. It is important to understand, pastoral and spiritual care, within the FMH health care setting, does not represent any particular religious or faith tradition to the exclusion of others. More importantly, it does not seek to introduce any particular religious viewpoint not already embraced by an individual.

Frederick Memorial Hospital staff deeply respect the spiritual practices embraced by the multi-ethnic and multi-cultural patients we are committed to serve. All pastoral and spiritual care resources are available to patients and their families during the course of their hospital stay, while in a nursing home, or at home when care is continued through either FMH Home Health Care, or Hospice of Frederick County. The resources encompass the following:

  • Assistance in notifying your personal Clergy, Priest, Rabbi, Church, or Worship Center;
  • 24 hour access to the hospital's Interfaith Chapel and Meditation Room;  
  • A Hospital Chaplain available, by request through your nurse, on a 24 hour basis and qualified to administer the sacraments (i.e., baptism, communion, anointing);
  • Spiritual and religious support materials available in the form of audio cassettes, videos and written publications;
  • Bibles and select bible messages, on audio cassette, available in the following languages: English, German, Hindi, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese.

You may contact the Pastoral Care office by calling 240-566-3607.



Body and Spirit …When we treat the body we intuitively know that we are also touching spirit.

Body – tangible, quantifiable, and therefore it is “real” to us. 

So, what about spirit?  It seems more ephemeral and qualitative. 

Yet spirit is real too and its reality is known through stories. 

The vision of the Pastoral Care Department is to be the guardians of the story.

Come along with us on the journey of spirit and listen to the stories. 

Through the dramatization: Body and Spirit the Pastoral Care Department presents stories from our patients.  The material for Body and Spirit is taken from real chaplain encounters here at Frederick Memorial Hospital with each character in the play formed from a collection of interactions – a composite - and told through fictionalized characters (assuring patient confidentiality). 

Through the stories of women and men whom we have the privilege of serving we are touching, or perhaps more accurately, touched by spirit.

We present to you Body and Spirit.



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