Privacy and Patient Rights

Patient Information

As long as you have not requested that information be withheld, friends and family may obtain your room location and condition. They must provide your name (first and last) for this information. Please tell the nurse if you wish this information to be withheld. Members of the clergy are not restricted from receiving information about you.

Patient Rights

The Howard University Hospital Staff is committed to providing you with the best possible health care. To do so, all Howard University personnel abide by the Patient Bill of Rights.

If you or your family would like assistance understanding the patients’ rights and responsibilities, ensuring that your rights have been respected, or addressing concerns about your care and/or safety, please immediately notify your physician, nurse, the department/unit manager, or contact the Patient Relations Department at (202) 865-6823 or via e-mail at

You or your family may contact the DC Department of Health’s 24 hour Hot Line (202) 442-5833 or write to: District of Columbia Department of Health 899 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002 You or your family may also contact the Joint Commission at 1-800-994-6610 or via e-mail at

Privacy Notice

When you are admitted, you will be asked to acknowledge receipt of the hospital’s privacy notice and if you wish to be listed in the hospital directory. The notice describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information.

The privacy notice is available online in English, Spanish and Amharic

Bioethics Committee

The hospital’s Bioethics Committee is available to help you or your family deal with issues related to the appropriateness of care and end-of-life decisions. To request a Bioethics consult, you or a member of your family may call the Medical Staff Office at (202) 865-6702.

How Can You Contribute to Howard University Hospital?

Giving Opportunities

Howard University Hospital has a stellar reputation in several specialized areas of care and remains a pioneer of treatment techniques in the detection of heart disease, sickle cell disease, kidney disease, cancer (breast, cervical, lung, prostate and colorectal), women’s health, Alzheimer’s disease, influenza, pneumonia, hypertension, stroke, diabetes, respiratory diseases, liver disease and cirrhosis. Gifts may be restricted upon the donor’s request to benefit these and other specific areas of care. Unrestricted gifts will be advanced to the Howard University Hospital Endowment Fund and utilized to meet the immediate needs of the institution. Donors are welcomed to make contributions in honor of a loved one or significant other as a tribute.

Contact Us

  • Main number: (202) 865-6100
  • Admissions: 202-865-1201
  • Outpatient Testing Center: 202-865-4058
  • Financial Counseling: 202-865-1262
  • Patient Accounts: 202-865-3500