On Monday, December 4, 17 members of the local 4-H club visited HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital as part of a special service project. The boys and girls of the club collected new stuffed animals and brought them for hospital patients’ benefit. They also designed cards and wrote letters of encouragement to patients in the hospital.
The students and their parents met with members from the hospital leadership team in the main lobby where they presented HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital President and CEO Aaron Puchbauer with stuffed animals, cards for the patients and treat baskets for the nursing staff.
4-H leader Lola Thompson said, “In the past, we have written letters and packed boxes to go to soldiers. We discussed different ideas of ways we could reach out to help others in our community when we thought of the hospital. We wanted a service project that we could do locally, and the hospital was a great experience for the kids. The staff who talked with us were wonderful. The group loved their treats and were very excited to learn more about our local hospital.”
The students were given a tour of the HSHS Good Shepherd Chapel and Ashley Sinkler, patient experience liaison, told them the history of the hospital and the items within the Chapel. The group asked questions about the hospital’s mission and the Sisters who founded HSHS. After the hospital’s presentation, the children were given refreshments of hot chocolate, doughnuts and cookies.
“We love to share our hospital and answer questions about our history,” said Puchbauer. “It’s important for our community to understand our mission, our heritage and how we serve our community. As our Sisters’ numbers dwindle, we understand that we are the next generation of their vision. As their torchbearers, it is our job to tell their story and share that mission with our youth.”
About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.