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'The Business of Health Care Report'

Texas Health Resources Prayer Books
11/23/2009

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I’m Doug Hawthorne, CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

This holiday season, I encourage you to be thankful for your health and remember those who are sick and unable to spend this time of year at home or with family.

People come to the hospital for many reasons, whether it is a time of crisis or a time of joy. As a faith-based hospital system, Texas Health Resources recognizes the importance of caring for the whole person: body, mind and spirit. One small way we demonstrate this is by offering our patients and their families, as well as visitors, staff and volunteers, a prayer booklet to offer comfort, guidance and hope — no matter what has brought them through our doors.

The small booklet, about the size of a passport, includes prayers from multiple faiths and faith traditions. It offers prayers for health and recovery, prayers of thanksgiving, and others.

The books are available throughout our 14 hospitals in waiting rooms, chapels, and other areas. Patients may also request the books from their caregivers or from a hospital chaplain. The book can be printed from our Web site at TexasHealth.org/PrayerBook.

Studies have shown that prayer has a calming effect and an impact on patients’ well-being. Our hope is that these prayers, in some small fashion, offer words that speak to each reader in a meaningful way.

For our faith-based family of hospitals — Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Arlington Memorial — I’m Doug Hawthorne.

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