Respect, integrity, compassion and excellence are Texas Health Resources' faith-based values, and Texas Health's employees, physicians and volunteers live out these values every day.
As a patient or visitor at a Texas Health hospital, you will appreciate how the organization's faith-based values are woven into the hospitals' campuses, as well as the caregivers themselves.
- Chapels: All Texas Health hospitals offer chapels, which provide a quiet place to pray, worship, meditate and simply breathe. Our goal is that all who enter our chapels find serenity in times of confusion, hope in times of distress, light in times of darkness and joy in times of celebration.
- Meditation Gardens: Many Texas Health hospitals provide peaceful meditation gardens that serve as a reminder of God's presence and beauty. In our hospitals full of advanced technology, these gardens provide a natural, sacred space for patients and visitors to clear their minds and be present in the moment.
- Chimes: Like the pealing of bells from a church steeple, chimes ring out twice at day at Texas Health hospitals. These peaceful chimes, which play at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., serve as an invitation for rest and restoration. Staff members, as well as patients and visitors, are reminded to say a short prayer, remember someone in particular or think about their greater purpose for the day when the chimes ring out.
- Prayer Books: To minister to patients and family members during times of stress, despair and grief, Texas Health provides a prayer book featuring prayers from each of the world's major faith traditions. Request a prayer book.
- Pastoral Care: Pastoral Care offers help for people trying to connect meaning with life circumstances that don't often make sense or seem fair. Each Texas Health hospital has chaplains on staff who work to offer hope for those in the middle of brokenness. Learn how to access Pastoral Care.
- Blessing of the Hands: Recognizing the sacred work of our hospitals' nurses, physicians, volunteers and other caregivers, chaplains at many Texas Health hospitals provide a "Blessing of the Hands" each year. The chaplains anoint the caregivers' hands with oil and pray a special blessing over them.
- Faith Community Nursing: More than 70 Texas Health Resources nurse volunteers are serving 55 faith communities and touching more than 28,000 families in North Texas through Texas Health's Faith Community Nursing program. The goal of the program is the intentional integration of the practice of faith with the practice of nursing to care for the whole person - body, mind and spirit - and improve the health of the communities we serve.
- End of Life Care: Palliative care — special care of patients who are facing life-threatening or severe advanced illnesses but may still be seeking aggressive treatment — is available at most Texas Health hospitals. Palliative care also focuses on caring for family members who are facing tough medical decisions with their loved one. Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth has the first dedicated palliative care inpatient unit in North Texas. Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital was the first hospital in the area to open an inpatient hospice unit. Hospice care is focused on enhancing the comfort and quality of life of people who are terminally ill.