Pastoral Care Services

Who Are We

Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center provides compassionate spiritual, religious and emotional care to people of all faiths or no faith tradition. As a caring presence within our community, our professional chaplains have a sense of open-mindedness and sensitivity to the diverse population we serve. For this reason we are: compassionate, dedicated, competent, responsible, accountability, trustworthy, enthusiastic, and treats all people with respect, dignity and humanization. We provide effective spiritual, religious and emotional care for our patients, families, caregivers and staff; offering support, comfort, presence, a safe space, and an attentive listening ear.


Shabbat Room

Our Services

  • Spiritual, Religious, Emotional Care and Counseling
  • Offers Spiritual Support and Crisis Intervention
  • Holy Communion/Eucharist
  • Infant Baptism or Adult near Death
  • Anointing of the Sick
  • Prayer/Blessing Requests: (Surgical Procedure; Time of Death; Following Death)
  • Collaborate with Palliative Care Team to Assess/Address Needs
  • Support, Reflect, and Consult on Ethical Concerns/Decisions
  • Volunteer Visitation
  • Specific Kosher Foods and Preparation
  • Shabbat Room Accommodation
  • Various Worship, Mass and Observance Services
  • Support Empowerment and Self-Care (for Team Members)
  • Assistance with Advance Directives, as requested

Chapel Services

  • The Interfaith Chapel is located in the main lobby.
  • The Interfaith Chapel is open for Prayer & Meditation (8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Prayer Services are offered weekly, and special services upon request.
    • Interfaith Chapel Catholic Mass: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday at 12:30 p.m.
    • Protestant Chapel Service: Tuesday, Wednesday at 12 noon

*Chapel services can be viewed live on the Hospital TV Channel 6.

We Value

  • Each Person’s Spiritual Needs and Journey
  • The Diverse Faith and Traditions of our Community
  • Cultivating Space and Religious Tolerance
  • Departmental Teamwork and Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Continuously seeking innovative ways to improve the quality of care for our patients and staff

Our Philosophy

  • We recognize that “one size” does not fit all.
  • We strive to provide the most effective unique care/experience for patients, families, caregivers and staff.

Our Goals

  • “To achieve the best possible care outcome, with the most efficient use of our resources, couple with compassion and unconditional acceptance and love for humanity.”

How To Contact Us

  • You may call ext. 6047, or ask your nurse or anyone on staff to contact the Pastoral Care Department for you.
  • After 4:00 p.m. during the week and on weekends, you may contact the chaplain through the telephone operator by dialing 0.
  • To speak with someone from the office of Pastoral Care from outside of the hospital, please call (973) 429-6047.
  • Email:

We Are Here To Help

We welcome clergy of all faiths to visit their hospitalized congregants. We provide courtesy parking at the Hospital parking deck. Clergy are asked to please take the parking ticket and have it validated at the Information Reception Desk. If your Congregant is hospitalized at Mountainside Medical Center, please let us know how we can help to make their experience comforting away from home.



Alisa Danon
In office: Wednesday & Friday
Office: 973-429-6000; ext. 6047


Father Andrew Njoku
In office: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday
Office: 973-429-6000; ext. 5089

For more trending information see our Pastoral Care quarterly newsletter

You may contact us at 973-429-6000, ext. 5048 or email at