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In This Section Texas Health Cleburne
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Faith and Spirituality

Overview | Worship | Chapel Location | Services | Clinical Pastoral Education | Contact Information

Overview
Texas Health Resources strives to provide health care services for the whole person – body, mind and spirit. In keeping with this commitment, the Department of Pastoral Care maintains a presence at each THR hospital and at the corporate office. In addition, each site offers a chapel for prayer, meditation, quiet time and worship.

Spiritual care delivered through the Pastoral Care Department and by others in the organization addresses concerns of the spirit: faith, hope, despair, meaning, purpose, life, death, guilt, forgiveness, fear and doubt. Pastoral care offers help for people trying to connect meaning with life circumstances that don't often make sense or seem fair. Members of the Pastoral Care department have answered a call to offer hope for those in the middle of brokenness. Chaplains do not try to convert people. They are trained to help bring together the physical, emotional and spiritual components that are necessary for an individual to experience healing, health and hope. Spiritual care services are available to patients, family members, hospital employees and medical staff members.

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Worship
Worship services are offered at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Cleburne for seasonal and special events. There are no regular services, but the chapel is available at all times for patients, family and staff members.

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Chapel Location
The chapel is located by the administration offices in the main hospital building.

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Services
The Pastoral Care department offers the following services:

  • Patient and family visitation
  • Response to referrals by physicians on the medical staff, nurses, patients and clergy
  • Pastoral support for families of inpatient or outpatient procedures
  • On-call availability 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Counseling and care for medical staff, employees and members of the community
  • Support groups for persons who experience loss or chronic illness
  • Worship experiences for patients, employees and medical staff in the chapels and at the patient's bedside
  • Bibles in patient rooms and other areas as well as literature related to spiritual and emotional issues concerning health care
  • Sacramental and ritual services (baptism, holy communion, anointing) provided by Pastoral Care staff or by arrangement with representatives of a recipient's religious community
  • Decedent care and memorial services
  • Journals provided in most chapels for expression of prayers, meditations and spiritual requests
A staff chaplain visits the hospital one day a week, with volunteer chaplains covering the Pastoral Care department at other times. The volunteer chaplains are local clergy who have received training and respond on an "on-call" basis.

Patients, family members, employees or medical staff members can ask the attending nurse to page the chaplain on-call. Requests for chaplain services from outside the hospital can be made through any of the nursing staff.

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Clinical Pastoral Education
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) is practical, hands-on theological education for ministers or seminarians.  CPE combines ministry with a curriculum designed to help CPE students learn about themselves as ministers as well as how to meet the spiritual needs of those in their care.

Learn more about opportunities in Clinical Pastoral Education available through the Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospitals CPE Center. 

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Contact Information
The Pastoral Care Department provides pastoral and spiritual care to patients, employees, families, medical staff and their families. Local clergy provide pastoral care to members of their congregations.

To contact a chaplain or representative from a particular faith, please call the switchboard operator at 817-641-2551 and ask that the chaplain on-call be paged. A chaplain is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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