Rev. Bill Wood Named HMFW Director of Pastoral Care 06/20/2005
FORT WORTH, Texas – Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) officials announced this week the appointment of the Rev. William C. “Bill” Wood, an 18-year veteran of the ministry, as the new director of pastoral care.
Resident Bishop Ben R. Chamness of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church made the official appointment during the Annual Conference on June 8.
“Because of Bill's deep commitment to integrating Texas Health Resources' mission, vision and core values of respect, integrity, compassion and excellence within the pastoral care department and throughout HMFW and THR, he is the ideal choice for this position,” said Harris Methodist Hospitals' senior chaplain, the Rev. Ed George.
Rev. Wood joined HMFW in 1999, and completed his Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Residency in 2000. Wood became a full-time clinical chaplain at HMFW in 2001, and served as the first full-time night staff chaplain in the hospital's history.
“He is intimately familiar with the hospital's various medical specialties, the hospital staff, and the physicians who serve patients and family members all hours of the day and night,” George said.
In addition to hospital ministry, Wood currently serves on THR's Spirituality and Health Council and the Palliative Care Committee at HMFW.
“I am very excited about this new opportunity,” Wood said. “The goal of the chaplains and the staff in the pastoral care department is to establish and build relationships with people all over the hospital – patients and staff alike. “
Visiting 48,280 patients in 2004, the pastoral care department staff is comprised of six staff chaplains, in addition to eight summer interns and eight residents, who are completing programs with the department of clinical pastoral education. In his new role, Wood will be responsible for caring for the needs of patients and families, and will serve as a mentor for his staff and the chaplain interns and residents.
“As a faith-based organization serving the community, Harris Methodist has a 75-year history of ministering to those in need,” Wood said. “I'm honored to continue my work with a hospital system that has a strong commitment to faith-based initiatives and a comprehensive focus on healing patients – body, mind and spirit.”
Wood received his bachelor's degree from Phillips University in Enid, OK., in 1977, and continued his education there to receive a master's degree in education in 1978. In 1992, he earned his Master of Divinity degree from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. He has completed additional studies at the doctoral level at Brite Divinity School and Saint Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, MO.
“He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge from private industry, congregational leadership and hospital ministry that will benefit him in his new role as director,” Rev. George said. “He is the model person to fill this new role.”
Bill and his wife Cheri reside in Fort Worth. His daughter, Amanda, teaches high school art in Vancouver, Wash.
About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
A Magnet designated hospital celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital (HMFW) is Tarrant County's largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 610 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. For more information, please call 1-888-4HARRIS or visit www.texashealth.org/hmfw.