SHELBYVILLE – HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital knows that spending the holidays as a patient isn’t how most people would choose to celebrate. That is why the mission integration team, led by Lorrie Hayden and Tonya Bowrey, have Christmas plans to spread joy to HSHS Good Shepherd patients. 

  • Christmas story, Cristin Foster will begin sharing the nativity story each morning on Monday, Dec. 17, during the morning prayer.

  • Celebrating the nativity scenes – St. Francis of Assisi is accredited with staging the first nativity scene in 1223. Good Shepherd has three nativity scenes located in the main registration waiting room, the chapel entrance and a large outdoor scene. Information cards are available on the nativity scenes and its connection to Franciscan heritage. The cards are placed beside the indoor nativity scenes.

  • Christmas caroling – On Wednesday, Dec. 19, colleagues will gather at 5 p.m. and serenade the patients, guests and fellow colleagues.

  • Mass – Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.

  • Christmas Evening Candlelight Service – Held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 5 p.m., this will be a colleague-led program of songs, readings and prayers. Please join us in the chapel for this special evening.

  • Christmas trees of care to patients – Starting on Friday, Dec. 21, the hospital will begin delivering small Christmas trees to the patients. The trees’ decorations are designed by members of the mission integration team.

“Christmas season is an especially wonderful time of year as we approach the birthdate of our Lord and Savior,” said Aaron Puchbauer, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital president and CEO. “As part of our holistic approach to medicine to treat the body, soul and mind, we want to make our patients as cheerful as possible as we share the joy of the season with them.”
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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