A group of HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital colleagues took a mission pilgrimage to the Chiara Center in Springfield.
 
The pilgrimage teaches HSHS colleagues about the rich history of the Sisters journey from Germany to the United States and how they began ministering to the rural communities forming Hospital Sisters Health Systems.
 
The enriching spiritual pilgrimage gives colleagues a tour of the blessed grounds on which the Chiara is located and delves into the lives of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. The peaceful grounds natural beauty gives a calming presence to all visitors.
 
“We are proud to be a part of the rich HSHS history developed by the Sisters so many years ago,” says Lorrie Hayden, co-mission leader at HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital.
 
“The St. Francis of Assisi Church tour is one of the colleague’s favorite visits during the pilgrimage,” says Tonya Bowrey, co-mission leader. “The ornate carvings and beautiful stained glass windows provides a story of spiritual following.”
 
For more information on the Chiara Center please visit www.chiaracenter.org.
 
Photo: HSHS Good Shepherd colleagues in the St. Francis of Assisi Church.
 
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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/

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