On Sunday afternoon, July 30, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital held a blessing ceremony for its chapel. Father Nick Husain performed the ceremony with support from Dr. Virginia Dauz, Father Mairanna Sathuluri from the Immaculate Conception Church, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital CEO Aaron Puchbauer, Board Member Michael Kiley, and Reverand Kevin Ray from the First Christian Church. In addition, Rich Ruscin played guitar, and Lorrie Hayden led the crowd in song.
“With the blessing of our Lord, we transformed this space into a holy and sacred place where people can recede into silence and solitude, away from the chatters and humdrum of daily life,” said Father Nick Husain,
“This sacred space is where we can seek His guidance, receive His insight and wisdom while we are in reflection.”
The chapel is located just inside the east door of the hospital on 200 South Cedar in Shelbyville. Within the chapel, the altar and the ambo were created by Sauder Manufacturing from plain, sliced red oak with a honey finish.
On the east wall hangs the risen Christ figure and crucifix. This sculpture was a custom order and handmade in the Demetz Art Studio, Italy. The Vino Altar Cloth was created in Belgium.
A stained glass window adorns the south wall as a gift from the Welton family and a memorial to Don “Curly” Welton.
Guests included several Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and representatives from Hospital Sisters Health System along with local clergy leaders, hospital board members, community members, physicians and colleagues from the hospital.
Immediately after the blessing ceremony, the hospital held an open house for the chapel. Refreshments were served to all who came.
“We want to thank everyone who attended and those who helped to make this occasion such a beautiful experience,” said Aaron Puchbauer. “We are thankful to offer this holy place to those in need.”
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, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.