HMHEB Chaplains Bless the Hands of Caregivers 05/17/2005
BEDFORD, Texas – Physicians, nurses, volunteers and other hospital employees have a sacred role in caring for patients and the community. To honor them and give thanks for that special work, the chaplains at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital will be anointing the hands of caregivers, employees and volunteers with oil and praying a special blessing over them on Wednesday, May 18 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the chapel off the main hospital lobby.
“The work everyone does here at the hospital to care for the health to of the community we serve is sacred, appreciated and important,” said Randy Riddile, D.Min., director of pastoral care at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital. “All of our physicians, employees and volunteers either take care of patients or care for those who do. Whatever you do here, the work of your hands is sacred.”
This is the second year Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital has held the Blessing of the Hands. The hospital typically holds the ceremony around the time of Pentecost, which in the Christian tradition is traditionally the time for commissioning people for roles of service within the church. Last year, 161 people had their hands blessed.
About Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital
Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital, a member of Texas Health Resources, is a 284-bed, acute-care facility serving Northeast Tarrant County since 1973. Services provided at Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital include outpatient surgery, women's services, a level III neonatal intensive care unit, a dedicated oncology care unit, neurosurgery, cardiovascular surgery and a dedicated cardiac care unit, cardiac rehabilitation, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational health services, psychiatric and addiction treatment and pediatrics.