Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care Services

Chapel AvailabilitySister Margaret, Chaplain Alice and Chaplain Margo in the HSS Chapel

The chapel at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) is open to all religious preferences. It is open 24/7 and can be used for prayer and meditation. Bibles (in English and Spanish), prayer books, prayer rug and care notes are available. The chapel is located in the west wing of the 8th floor of HSS, Room 8W-865.

Please see our neighborhood directory for information on local houses of worship.

In House Pastoral Television

HSS has an in house TV channel called Medcalm, channel #121, for meditation and relaxation.

For Catholic-Protestant/Ecumenical Patients

  • Feast and Fast Day Services such as Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and other Christian Holidays are held as announced. Bulletins and flyers are posted in the chapel (Room 8W-865) with details of the Feast and Fast Day Services.

For Jewish PatientsSister Margaret, Chaplain Margo and others in the Sukkah at Hospital for Special Surgery in 2013

  • Sabbath Elevator in HSS is located on the east side of the hospital which stops automatically on each floor.
  • Shabbat candles/Shabbos in a Box are available upon request either by calling the Pastoral Care Department at 212.606.1757 or by going to the Bikur Cholim Room.
  • Bikur Cholim Room (Kosher Hospitality Room) is located on the 2nd floor in Room 2W-167 (between the mail room and the East elevator). Light snacks available.
  • Kosher food (OJ acceptable, a Chassidic certification) is available for patients through arrangements with department of Food and Nutrition.
  • Kosher refrigerators for patients can be requested by contacting a chaplain or nurse. There is also a kosher refrigerator on 8 East in the Nourishment Room (kitchenette). Please label the food clearly with patient's name and date so that it is not discarded.

Download the Jewish Pastoral Care brochure

For Muslim Patients

  • The five daily prayers can be said in the chapel every day at the normal prayer times, or in your room. A prayer time schedule, prayer rug, and a copy of the Holy Quran are in the chapel (room 8W-865).

Download the Muslim Pastoral Care brochure

For Roman Catholic Patients

  • The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist is available daily by our Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion.
  • The Sacrament of the Sick (Anointing) is available throughout the week by our Dominican Priest.
  • Our Roman Catholic Chaplains are from St. Catherine of Siena/Dominican Friars HealthCare Ministry.
  • Daily Mass is at 12 Noon and 5:15 pm at St Catherine of Siena Church located on 68th Street between York and First Avenue.

Download the Pastoral Care brochure

The Annual Memorial Service

This is a service of remembrance for staff, family members, and board members who mourn the loss of a loved one who has passed away in the previous year.
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