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 Texas Health hospital and at the corporate office. 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 of the Pastoral Care departments 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.

Worship services are offered at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Southwest Fort Worth for seasonal and special events. There are no regularly scheduled worship services, but the chapel is available around the clock for patients, family, employees and medical staff members.

The John W. Sikes Memorial Chapel is available for meditation and prayer 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The chapel is located in the hospital atrium, near the main entrance.

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

Spanish and English Bibles are provided in the chapel, as well as the Koran, CareNotes and PrayerNotes (various topics) and Upper Room Devotional Literature from the United Methodist Church.

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 congregations.

To contact a chaplain or representative from a particular faith, please call the main operator at 817-346-5000 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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