Additional Services

Every individual and every situation is unique at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. If you have a special need or consideration, please mention it and we will try to offer assistance, if possible. The following are a few special considerations for which you may require some assistance.

Ethics Council

In compliance with state law, the MedStar St. Mary's Hospital Ethics Council is available to advise patients, families, physicians and hospital staff regarding ethical situations, as necessary. The council is available to advise about options for medical care and treatment of individuals with life-threatening conditions as well as options on withholding medical treatment.

The hospital's Ethics Council is composed of a physician and nurse not directly involved with the care of the patient in question, a social worker, and the hospital president or designated vice president. Any others interested, such as the patient and/or family, and the patient's physician, nurse or clergy, may also be invited to participate. For more information, please call 301-475-6088.

Organ and Tissue Donation

In compliance with the Maryland Anatomical Gift Act and to ensure donation options are considered, we utilize the services of the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland whenever necessary. If you have considered organ and/or tissue donation or have made special arrangements, please inform your nurse or patient advocate.

The Living Legacy Foundation is a nonprofit organization that facilitates donation and transplantation in area hospitals, provides donor family support, and educates hospitals and the public about the life-saving power of organ, eye, and tissue donation.

If you'd like to learn more about the power to save and enhance lives through organ donation, please visit the Living Legacy Foundation of Maryland.

Join the Maryland Donor Registry

Donate Life Maryland's online registration is a fast, easy and secure way to designate yourself as an organ, eye and tissue donor. 

Visit Donate Life Maryland today and register online to become a donor!

Advance Directives

Advance directives are legal documents that state your choices about medical treatment. They may name someone to make choices about your medical treatment if you are unable to make those choices yourself.

In keeping with our patient rights, MedStar St. Mary's Hospital adheres to the principle that all adults have the right to make decisions about their health care, including the right to accept or refuse medical or surgical treatment that may extend or prolong life.

In compliance with state and federal laws, our admitting and nursing staff will ask if you have prepared an advance directive. If so, a copy will be made and placed in your medical record. You do not need an advance directive to receive care. If you would like information and/or assistance regarding advance directives, please call 301-475-6255.


MedStar St. Mary's Hospital has access to interpreters for the deaf and hearing impaired, as well as a number of foreign languages if a patient should require it. For help in this area, please ask a hospital associate to contact the Performance and Clinical Resource Management Department at 301-475-6255.

Pastoral and Spiritual Care

At MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital, we understand the important role spiritual care plays in providing the best possible care for our patients. Our pastoral care program provides chaplain and other resources to comfort your spirit and strengthen your faith, while our medical staff attends to your physical needs. Because we believe caring for the spiritual needs of our patients is an essential part of patient care, the hospital’s Volunteer Chaplain functions as a full member of the healing team.

Patients who would like to meet with a volunteer chaplain may make a request with their nurse or patient advocate. For more information about the program, call Mary B. Cheseldine at 301-475-6453.

If you would like to have one of our Volunteer Chaplains visit you or have us contact your own spiritual caregiver during your stay with us, please notify the Patient Advocate, or talk with your primary care nurse. 

In an Emergency

The Emergency Department is open 24 hours a day and is prepared to handle medical emergencies of all kinds. In order to provide prompt care, patients are seen in order of the seriousness of their illness rather than on a first-come, first-served basis.

Maryland law requires consent for treatment from the parent or legal guardian of any child under 18 years of age. In order to provide care and protect the privacy of patients, visitation by the family spokesperson will be at the discretion of the staff. Learn more about emergency care at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital.

If you or a loved one experiences a minor illness or injury, MedStar Health Urgent Care at Charlotte Hall is open weekdays from 3 to 11 p.m., and on weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. For your convenience, same-day appointment scheduling is available by calling 301-290-1499 however, walk-ins are always welcomed.