Brenda Graham was at a seventh-grade sectional volleyball game in Shelbyville watching her granddaughter play. During the third set of the game, she leaned over on her husband’s shoulder and that is when he realized she was having a stroke. Several RNs and first responders in the crowd started tending to Brenda’s needs.

Brenda was transported by Decatur Ambulance Service to HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital’s Emergency Department. Upon arrival, the doctor assessed her condition and immediately called a neurosurgeon via the telehealth robot to review Brenda’s symptoms to help in the decisions of her care. The neurosurgeon ordered TPA and it was immediately administered.

Brenda was then transferred via helicopter to HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, where the surgeons were waiting to take her into surgery immediately. The surgeon at St. John’s called her husband, Garrett, who was in route to St. John’s via car to discuss the surgery they would be performing and to get verbal permission to start.

Once Garrett arrived to the hospital, Brenda was already out of surgery and in recovery. The surgeon came to the waiting room to discuss the success of the surgery. Within 20 minutes of arriving to the hospital Garrett was able to see Brenda in an ICU room.

The next morning Brenda started showing signs of improvement on the left side and by that afternoon, the staff at St. John’s Hospital had her up and walking. A few days later, Brenda was transferred to a rehabilitation center closer to her hometown of Robinson, Ill. Today, Brenda is back to playing the piano for her home church and has made a full recovery.
“From our perspective, the good Lord put us here because this is where we had to be,” said Garrett Graham. “None of this could have happened if we had not been here at Good Shepherd in Shelbyville.”
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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   

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 (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, 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 For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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