HMHEB Chaplains to Conduct Blessing of the Hands
05/31/2006

BEDFORD, Texas – Physicians, nurses, other hospital employees, and volunteers have a sacred role in caring for patients and the community. To honor them and give thanks for their 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 Thursday, June 1 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 of the community we serve is sacred and appreciated,” 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 conducted a Blessing of the Hands. The hospital typically holds the ceremony around the time of Pentecost, which in the Christian tradition is a time for commissioning people for roles of service within the church. The Blessing of the Hands ceremony is part of Harris Methodist H•E•B Hospital’s dedication to treating the whole person—body, mind and spirit. It is an opportunity to acknowledge and bless the work caregivers do.

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.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States.  The 13-hospital system is the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served and includes the Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System.  For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit http://www.texashealth.org/.