THE WOODLANDS, TX – Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital recently commemorated the unveiling and blessing of the outstretched arms of Christ, a mosaic depicting hope and spiritual support for patients, their loved ones, and the dedicated physicians and staff who care from the community.
“We are thrilled to bring a replica of The Extending Arms of Christ mosaic to the recently completed Healing Tower campus expansion, welcoming all who enter our doors seeking care,” said Debra Sukin, CEO. of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hospital and Regional Senior Vice President, Houston Methodist. “Spiritual care is deeply rooted in the history of our hospital and remains the very soul of what we do by connecting a person’s spiritual health and well-being. We are deeply grateful for the generosity of community visionaries John and Marchita Cook, Rod and Karen Leis, Dr. Ann and Jerry Snyder, and the Woodlands Methodist Church whose leadership and support of our nonprofit hospital has had a profound impact. about spiritual care programs for our patients. and staff.
The original mosaic of the outstretched arms of Christ was built in 1963 in Florence, Italy. It was once exclusively on display at Houston’s flagship Methodist Hospital at Texas Medical Center, serving as a visual representation of a commitment to leading medicine through a faith-based approach. The mosaic centers on a depiction of Christ flanked on the left by Hippocrates, popularly known as the father of Western medicine, and Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, with a vivid scene of the future of medicine on the right. The arms of Christ reach both into the past and into the future to embrace and strengthen those who dedicate their lives to helping others, welcoming both science and faith.
“The United Methodist Church has a rich history with Houston Methodist Hospital and it is a joy to unveil this representation of hope, harmony and community to provide compassionate spiritual care to all, regardless of be their own faith,” said Houston Methodist Bishop Robert Hayes. Woodlands Board Member and Retired Bishop, The Woodlands Methodist Church. “We know that this mosaic will be a beacon of light that will shine for all – a symbol of our determination to be a light placed on a hill that refuses to be extinguished as we collectively practice the art of healing and wholeness. .”