Pastor Dr. Tom Tucker is on call 24/7 as a Senior Chaplain Volunteer at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake

WEBSTER, Texas (KTRK) – At the age of 82, Pastor Dr. Tom Tucker is on call 24/7 as a Senior Volunteer Volunteer at HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake.

“I don’t have to worry about messing with idle time,” joked Tucker, who said he has served more than 1,500 hours at the hospital over the past five years.

Tucker is also Deputy Minister at Taylor Lake Catholic Church in Seabrook.

As chaplain for the hospital’s emergency department, he works closely with hospital staff to understand everyone’s needs.

“They let me know the patient’s needs. They let me know the staff’s needs, the family’s needs, and in return, sometimes, when they’re overwhelmed, like that would happen in the emergency department, I have to double I Tucker will make the bed if necessary.

During the pandemic, Tucker said he has helped many families cope with not being able to see their loved ones and tries to provide encouragement to stressed employees.

“This is scary for family members. They need comfort and reassurance that they’re getting proper care. And then the other thing that happens is stress for the staff; Y. The nurses, the technicians, the doctors, all the people in the hospital are really putting in more effort. Now they’re having more time to do it,” Tucker said.

He encouraged people to show more love to those working in the medical field during the pandemic.

“Know they’re under stress, whatever you can do. Maybe babysit them for an evening so they can rest or anything like that,” suggested Tucker.

Tucker left his volunteer position for seven months back at the start of the pandemic.

Then he decided to polish his journal and send it to a publisher. He said he was delighted when the company decided to publish his book, ‘A Conduit.’

The purpose of the book, he said, is to encourage others to become volunteer chaplains.

“Right now, I need 8 to 12 more (volunteer chaplains) just in this hospital. We need about 800 of them in the Houston area,” Tucker explained.

He worked in the control room at NASA, was a professor and a consultant, and he graduated from seminary at 72. Still, being a volunteer emergency room chaplain is rewarding work. his best, he said.

“It changed my life. It changed my life. What it does is improve the quality of life of patients and their families because it gives them an encouraging source of strength that previously existed. they don’t get it,” Tucker said.

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