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
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
- 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
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
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.