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The HMFW Congregational/Parish Nurse Program: A Faith-Based Collaboration for Health

I’m Doug Hawthorne, president and CEO of Texas Health Resources, with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

The heart and vision of Texas Health Resources is faith-based. As a result, our employees have the opportunity to express spirituality in many ways – both inside and outside our hospital walls – by emphasizing service to others. Chaplains lead worship services in hospital chapels, comforting and counseling patients, families, physicians and volunteers. Outside our walls, we collaborate with area clergy to attend to patients’ physical and spiritual needs.

The Harris Methodist Fort Worth Congregational Health and Parish Nurse Program is a great example. Our partnership with churches integrates the practice of faith with the practice of nursing. The benefits of the program are many, with people combining two very important aspects of their lives – faith and health.

The program consists of a hospital-based coordinator who works with a nurse belonging to a faith congregation. The coordinator and the nurse become liaisons to health care by educating the faith community about health services, wellness and disease prevention, and by visiting people in their homes to offer care and support. Since the program began in 2002, 15 local churches have partnered with Harris Methodist Fort Worth to offer this special service.

At THR, we are committed to serving our communities faithfully with programs that care for the whole person: body, mind and spirit.

For Texas Health Resources and its faith-based hospitals – Harris Methodist, Presbyterian and Arlington Memorial – I’m Doug Hawthorne with “The Business of Health Care Report.”

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