May 28, 2019
Texas Health tradition has special meaning for caregivers

ARLINGTON, Texas — The Faith and Spirituality Integration devision of Texas Health Resources recognizes the sacred work of our caregivers, volunteers and staff with the Blessing of the Hands each year. 

Chaplains at many Texas Health hospitals offer the blessing to those who choose to participate. They extend their hands to the recipient and anoint their palms with a small dab of oil and pray a special blessing. The non-denominational blessing has a special meaning for caregivers of all religions. For many, it’s an expression of gratitude for the work they do — with their hands — each day to help care for people in the communities we serve.

Rev. Elizabeth Watson-Martin, vice president of Faith and Spirituality Integration, says it’s a way to honor the sacred vocation of those who contribute to health care at Texas Health.

“Whether at the patient’s bedside, in the family waiting room or doing data entry — it all contributes to providing quality and compassionate care that makes an important difference to our patients and their families,” Martin said.

The blessing is a tradition across the Texas Health system with ceremonies held during Hospital Week, Nurses Week and orientation.

“It transforms work that can often feel ordinary into something special and meaningful,” Martin said. “It can be a moving experience, both for the one receiving the blessing and the one offering the blessing.”

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Plano has observed the blessing for 23 years. Learn more about the blessing and what it means to our caregivers via the embedded video.

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About Texas Health Resources

Texas Health Resources is a faith-based, nonprofit health system that cares for more patients in North Texas than any other provider. With a service area that consists of 16 counties and more than 7 million people, the system is committed to providing quality, coordinated care through its Texas Health Physicians Group and 29 hospital locations under the banners of Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial, Texas Health Harris Methodist and Texas Health Huguley. Texas Health access points and services, ranging from acute-care hospitals and trauma centers to outpatient facilities and home health and preventive services, provide the full continuum of care for all stages of life. The system has more than 4,100 licensed hospital beds, 6,400 physicians with active staff privileges and more than 26,000 employees. For more information about Texas Health, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit  

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