Texas Health Resources strives to provide health care services
for the whole person — body, mind and spirit. The Department of Pastoral Care maintains a
presence at each hospital. In
addition, each site offers a chapel for prayer, meditation, quiet
time and worship.
Spiritual care 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 have answered a call to
offer hope for those in the middle of brokenness. Pastoral Care
department 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.
There are no regularly scheduled worship services at Texas Health
Harris Methodist Hospital Azle, but the chapel is available any
time for patients, family and staff members.
When entering the hospital through the main lobby, the chapel is
on the left.
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
- 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
- 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
Texas Health Azle has a dedicated group of volunteer chaplains
who aid the community by providing pastoral care at the hospital.
A patient, family member, employee or medical staff member can
request a chaplain visit through the attending nurse.
The Pastoral Care team provides pastoral and spiritual care to
patients, employees, families, medical staff and their families.
Local clergy provide pastoral care to members of their
To contact a chaplain or representative from a particular faith,
please call the switchboard operator at 817-444-8600 and ask that
the chaplain on-call be paged.