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Pastoral Care 

Commitment to People of All Faiths

In 1903 Dallas First Baptist Church Pastor George W. Truett envisioned a hospital to which “persons of faiths and those of none may come with confidence.” Baylor chaplains work to meet the spiritual needs of our diverse patients, families, visitors, and staff and keep Truett’s dream a reality.

Chaplains and students also teach and learn from one another about cultural and religious sensitivity.  Baylor Chaplains receive special training and actively collaborate with ministers from a broad spectrum of faiths.  They help people from every religious group get the spiritual and religious support they need.

Services provided include:  
  • Religious services and Holy Communion: Offered on Sundays at Baylor Dallas
  • Special occasions: Weddings, memorial services, adoption and blessing ceremonies and national observances 
  • Community seminars: Spiritual and emotional elements of patient care, crisis ministry, bereavement and grief support
  • Baylor's Healing Environment
  • Clergy Partnership Program: Education and mentoring for pastoral care volunteers
  • James Lectureship Program: Helps clergy cultivate their ministry skills
  • Community involvement: Teaching, worship at local churches and community agencies
  • Grief support: Dealing with effects of illness on people and their families
  • Pastoral Education program: Ministers, seminarians provide teaching and interpersonal relations seminars through our Clinical Pastoral Education program. 

Healing Environment

Research shows that music, humor, art and relaxation techniques promote health and well being. The Healing Environment program complements medical treatment by alleviating symptoms through entertainment, music, massage and aesthetically pleasing sights and sounds. The program offers video and audiotapes, clowns, music performances, stress reduction therapy, a 24-hour relaxation TV channel, patient education brochures, art cart, aromatherapy, aquariums and murals to more than 3,200 patients each month.

Issues Surrounding Critical Illness

There may come a time when you or a member of your family is seriously injured or becomes gravely ill. This section is designed to help you better understand all of your options.

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