To celebrate St. Francis during the Feast of St. Francis, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital appealed to their colleagues for donations of food for the local food pantry and pet food for the local animal shelter.
“We wanted to make it fun,” said Lorrie Hayden, co-mission integration leader. “So, we appealed to the colleagues by challenging their departments to donate food. While the race was close, our dietary department won the competition. To make it even more interesting, we reached out to the public during our participation in the recent Scarecrow Daze Parade. We also had several people put donations in our shopping carts as we walked in the parade.”
These collective efforts amounted to a large donation for the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Food Pantry. Spokesman from the FUMC, Nancy Mills, says that they see the need grow continually within our community.
“The Shelbyville First United Methodist Church thanks the colleagues of Good Shepherd for the wonderful donation to our food pantry,” said Mills. “Through your generosity, we will be able to offer a great variety of items to the people we serve. You have truly been a blessing to us!”
Colleagues from the hospital also volunteered their time to help unload delivery trucks and organize the food for the pantry.
Good Shepherd colleagues from the mission integration team delivered food to the local pet shelter. Several pounds of dog and cat food were donated.
 “It was the perfect way to honor St. Francis who was known to love animals and to feed orphans. Our colleagues thoroughly enjoyed donating, and we hope to make this an annual event,” said Tonya Bowrey, manager of rehabilitation and wellness services at Good Shepherd.
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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