SHELBYVILLE, IL – April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and it is a time to recognize the efforts of organizations who work together to prevent abuse. To honor this work, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will hold a Pray for Our Children service. Special prayers will be offered for children who are affected by substance abuse.

The prayer service will be held on the lawn of the east side of the hospital on Thursday, April 5 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Please bring a lawn chair. Should rain occur, the event will be moved inside to the hospital’s chapel.

As well as colleagues from the hospital, the event will include community leaders and groups who advocate for families and children within their organizations. The service will include prayer, readings and song. Please wear navy blue to the prayer service because that is the color of this movement.

All guests will receive a blue pinwheel and a blue ribbon. For awareness, please help hospital colleagues tie blue ribbons on the trees and place blue pinwheels in the east lawn of the hospital at the end of the ceremony. Attendees are also allowed to take a pinwheel home.

In the words of Mother Theresa, “If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family.”

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, visit

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HSHS Illinois
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