HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital serves to heal illness not just through medicine, but also by attending to the emotional and spiritual needs of our patients, their families and friends, our physicians, staff and country. On Monday, July 3, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital held their first prayer service for America.
The hospital’s landscape was decorated with flags and a patriotic bunting adorned the portico of the hospital’s entrance. A crowd of more than 50 colleagues, family members, community members and members of the VFW joined for the first Celebrate Our Nation Prayer Service.
The Shelbyville VFW Post #4829 Color Guard presented the nation’s colors. Reverend Wade Helmkamp from the Holy Cross Lutheran Church said a blessing and Pastor Kevin Ray from the First Christian Church of Shelbyville offered a prayer.
Lorrie Hayden and Tonya Bowrey, colleagues of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital and Co-Leaders of Spiritual Care, also participated. Hayden led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance and Bowrey with a shared, patriotic reading from a quote from former President Reagan. Everyone in attendance was presented with a flag as a gift from the hospital.
“We decided it was a good time to offer our community a moment of hope to reflect on all of those who came before us and and an opportunity to pray for our nation,” said CEO and President of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Aaron Puchbauer. “We are very pleased with our turnout and thank those who joined us. We hope to see more of the community join us for future events.We deeply appreciate the support of Reverends Kevin Ray and Wade Helmkamp, and the VFW Color Guard. They made our ceremony very special.”
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 (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 www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org

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