Hospitalization is a stressful time for patients, families and friends. The Department of Spiritual Care at The George Washington University Hospital has trained professionals who can offer support during these stressful times.

Both patients and visitors are welcome to visit The George Washington University Hospital Women's Board Interfaith Chapel is on the first floor, directly opposite Admissions and next to the Volunteer Office.

Chaplins can help in many ways, including when patients: 

  • Struggle with the meaning of your illness
  • Have concerns with spiritual issues
  • Wrestle with difficult treatment choices
  • Request a religious ritual specific to your tradition
  • Express anxiety or fear or to confide in a "safe" person
  • Receive bad news
  • Are far from home and would like support
  • Are anticipating surgery
  • Would like someone to pray with or receive a blessing 
  • Grieving a loss

Services We Provide

  • Preoperative visits
  • Response to code blues
  • Baptisms
  • Blessings
  • End of life rituals
  • Memorial services
  • Consultations
  • Palliative care rounds
  • In-service presentations
  • Bibles
  • Communion services for Catholics and Protestants 

Donna Farrar, Director of Spiritual Care


Donna previously served as the Director of Pastoral Care at both the University of Kentucky Hospital and Indiana University Medical Center.

She brings more than 30 years of experience working in healthcare and is a CPE Certified Supervisor with the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and Board Certified from the Association of Professional Chaplains, and is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Donna earned a Master of Divinity at Bangor Theological Seminary, a Master of Science in Family Studies from the University of Kentucky and a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from the Christian Theological Seminary.

Contact Information

Department of Spiritual Care
The George Washington University Hospital

A chaplain is available on-site from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and can be reached by RF phone at 5114, or by paging 202-209-4277. An on-call chaplain is available evenings and weekends by paging 202-209-4277.

Chaplain Request Line:

For non-emergencies, leave a message at 202-715-5329.
For immediate help, call 202-209-4277.