Katy Christian Magazine enjoys sharing insights into the community’s spiritual leaders. This issue, we felt the chaplains at Katy Methodist Hospital deserved special praise. After all, they devote a great deal of effort into providing spiritual comfort to those most vulnerable. Hospital stays can be frightening for patients and their families, and losses can be devastating. Thank the Lord for servants who bring comfort during the most trying times of our lives. Understanding their layered approach to care can help all of us during hospital stays.
What is a Chaplain?
The professional chaplains at Methodist West Houston Hospital provide holistic, interfaith spiritual support as the foundation for the hospital’s spiritual environment of caring. They are committed to providing the highest quality pastoral care to patients, families and staff.
Upon entering the hospital atrium, the chapel is located immediately to your right. The chapel is always open for those who would like a quiet moment to pray or reflect.
How Chaplains Can Help
Chaplains are available to assist with:
• Uncomfortable feelings
• Anxiety and depression
• Grief and loss
• General spiritual support including sensitive use of religious texts and prayer
• Sacraments and religious rituals
• Family meetings
• Assistance with contacting community clergy
• Assistance with relating religious needs to the medical team
The Lay Ministry is a lay volunteer program at Methodist West Houston. Lay ministers are trained pastoral caregivers who work under the supervision of the chaplain to assist with the spiritual needs of patients and families at the hospital.
Bereavement support and counseling will be available at Methodist West Houston. Patients and families can contact a nurse or call the hospital operator at 832-522-1000 for more information about support services.
To Contact a Chaplain
The Department of Spiritual Care offers interfaith spiritual support for patients and families. To contact a chaplain or to receive Holy Communion, contact your nurse or call the hospital operator at 832-522-1000.