Harris Methodist Fort Worth Faith Community Nursing Expands to Muslim Congregation
07/28/2008

FORT WORTH, Texas – Caring for individuals - mind, body and spirit - is what Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital has successfully done through its faith community nursing program since its inception in 2002. Serving 33 churches with 67 nurse volunteers, the program has touched more than 25,000 families in the community.

On July 8, the program expanded its reach beyond the Christian community to embrace the Dar el Eman Islamic Center, located in south Arlington.

“This was a historical day for our faith community nursing program and for our hospital,” said Paulette Golden, manager of community health and the faith community nursing program at HMFW. “There is a tremendous amount of enthusiasm at the Islamic Center as well as at the hospital about the new covenant relationship that has been formed and how the program will benefit the members of the Muslim congregation.”

Dar el Eman Islamic Center has designated three active members of the mosque to serve as faith community nurses. These nurses will care for more than 2,000 members and will focus primarily on a congregational health needs assessment, as well as CPR training for adults and hand hygiene classes for children. Harris is also working with these nurses to plan the center’s first health fair, scheduled for this fall.

“It has taken five years for us to get a non-Christian faith community involved, and it is our hope that many other faith communities will follow Dar el Eman,” Golden said. “The mission of our faith community nursing program is to integrate the practice of faith with the practice of nursing, ultimately to improve the health of the communities we serve.”

History of Faith Community Nursing
Faith community nursing was recognized as a nursing specialty in 1998 by the American Nurses Association (ANA). Unlike a traditional nurse, whose responsibilities often include invasive procedures under the supervision of a doctor, the congregational nurse works on promoting wellness and early detection of disease. Specifically, the faith community nurse focuses on assessing health care needs, educating patients, coordinating health care and educating people on the relationship between spirituality and wellness.

About Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital
Opened in 1930, Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital is a Magnet-designated hospital, and Tarrant County’s largest and busiest hospital and regional referral center. A member of Texas Health Resources, HMFW is licensed for 724 beds and provides the following services: cardiovascular; high risk and routine obstetrics and gynecology; neurosciences; orthopedics and sports medicine; rehabilitation; adult critical care and neonatal intensive care; trauma and emergency medicine; cancer care; medical/surgical; kidney transplants; occupational health; and more. The campus is home to almost 1,000 members of the medical staff, more than 4,000 employees, 200 volunteers and the 100-bed Harris Methodist Heart Center. For more information, please call 1-888-4-HARRIS, or visit www.texashealth.org/hmfw.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.