Maryland Hospital Revises Coronavirus Visitor Policy After Denying Patient’s Request to See Priest

The University of Maryland Medical System has amended its COVID-19 visitor policy to allow clergy visitation after one of its hospitals denied access to a Catholic priest who was asked to administer sacraments to a trauma patient injured in a car accident. 

UMMS has revised its visitor policy to adhere to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ guidelines at all 13 hospitals in its medical system, including Prince George’s Hospital Center, which was at the center of a religious discrimination complaint due to its restrictive visitation policies in response to the coronavirus pandemic. CMS guidelines stipulate that hospitals “must ensure patients have adequate and lawful access to chaplains or clergy.”