HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital has committed to a second year of partnership with the Shelbyville Community Garden. The hospital will expand its gardens by providing permanent raised beds with easier access to water for the community garden on the HSHS Good Shepherd campus.
The garden started as a mission through the First Presbyterian Church in 2017. Members of the church planted the first five beds of vegetables and were able to donate all produce that year. In late 2017, the church members expanded their idea and formed a board of people to grow the community garden into a not-for-profit corporation.
On April 22, 2018, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital became the second foundational partner of the Shelbyville Community Garden. HSHS Good Shepherd provided nine temporary garden beds for the community and all produce grown was donated to the local Methodist Church food pantry and to the First Presbyterian Church monthly meal mission.
The not-for-profit, in 2018, maintained 21 gardens. In 2019, they are looking at expanding their number of garden beds, to provide more produce to the community and those in need.
“HSHS Good Shepherd is excited to continue our partnership with the community garden and looks forward to the expansion of our garden this spring,” said Tonya Bowrey, manager of rehabilitation and wellness services and co-mission leader at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital.
The entire organization is based on volunteers from the two foundational partners along with community members who volunteer their time throughout the growing season.
For more information on volunteering or a summer job visit www.facebook.com/ShelbyvilleCommunityGarden/ or contact Brenda Elder at 217-827-2806.
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 (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 www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.