SHELBYVILLE - HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital (GSS) not only cares about the ill and helps the community attain wellness, but it also ministers to the spiritual being of a person for a holistitic healing approach. 
For this reason, GSS will begin holding a service called “For the Needs of Our People” on the third Thursday of each month from 1-1:30 p.m. in the GSS chapel, and the public is invited to join. This ceremony will be led by colleagues of the hospital. The first of this kind of service will be held on Thursday, June 21.
GSS would like to invite the community to drop off their prayer request in the prayer jar that is available just outside of the chapel, in the med-surg department and at the main registration area. There are forms available and prayer requests may be anonymous. One may select if they want the prayer request to be read aloud to the congregation or to be read silently.
The ceremony will include a song, the prayer requests and a special prayer. The chapel bell will be rung after each request is read aloud, accompanied by “Lord, please hear our prayer.”
After the ceremony, the prayers will be sent to the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, who will also lift these requests in prayer.
“We want to give our community another source of hope as we open this special service,” Co-Mission Integration team member Teri Whalen said. “We know that in the Bible, it states in Matthew 18-10, ‘For where two or more are gathered in my name, there I am.’ So, we want to come together and let the community know we care about all sides of their health and well-being. We hope that our colleagues, patients and patients’ families take this opportunity in prayer to handle those things we are not meant to carry alone.”
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 (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 For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis,

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