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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Services Barbara Mckenzie

We understand that faith gives us hope and encouragement when facing illness. Suburban Hospital’s Pastoral Care staff welcomes you and strives to provide spiritual support for you and your family during your stay with us.

The Director of Pastoral Care is a board certified chaplain who adheres to the ethics, values and standards of the profession. Rev. Barbara McKenzie provides spiritual assessments, spiritual care planning, visitations and support for patients, families and staff in routine and crisis situations.
A Roman Catholic staff chaplain in residence at St Jane de Chantal Church and a Jewish staff chaplain from JSSA provide regular visitation for counsel, rituals and sacraments for our Catholic and Jewish patients. Contact the Pastoral Care Office for referrals at 301-896-3178.

On-call chaplains respond to life-threatening situations and collaborate with community clergy to identify resources to fulfill the spiritual needs of our patients after normal business hours. Contact on-call chaplains by pager at 301-207-0730.

In addition to the priest and rabbi visits, a pastoral care visitor calls upon each new patient within 48 hours of admission to welcome, identify spiritual and religious faith traditions and determine if the patient wishes a chaplain or community clergy visit.  A Roman Catholic Eucharist minister visits Catholic patients daily to offer Holy Communion. A Jewish chesed visitor from Ohr Kodesh calls upon Jewish patients on Fridays to offer Sabbath candles. Bikur Cholim of Greater Washington provides Shabbat-in-a-box and other kosher meals.

Shapiro Meditation Room

The Meditation Room on the first floor is open to all faith groups 24 hours a day, seven days a week for prayer reflection and meditation. It also houses many interfaith resources.

Shapiro Hospitality Room

The Shapiro Hospitality Room on the sixth floor is a space for rest and sanctuary for families of all faiths encountering a hardship when loved ones are hospitalized with life-threatening illnesses. This room and shower are available for an overnight visit when families arrive from distant cities or local travel is difficult due to aged or infirm relatives. Friday evenings and high holidays are reserved for Jewish families to support observances. Nursing supervisors throughout the hospital maintain access.