HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital holds
Pray for Our Children Service
SHELBYVILLE, IL –Blue ribbons have been tied to the trees and blue pinwheels adorning the east façade of the HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital and Peace Garden in honor of National Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Month. Blue is the symbolic color of movement for Child Abuse Awareness.

On Thursday, April 5, HSHS Good Shepherd held Pray for Our Children service to call attention to this cause and to offer hope to survivors.

Cristin Foster, colleague and materials management manager for HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, lead the service with a warm welcome, the reasons for the gathering, a prayer and then her own testimony of surviving child abuse in a home with an alcoholic parent.
After Foster’s testimony, Susie Kensil, Shelby County director of DOVE, Domestic Violence, Inc. spoke about the importance of kindness within the family and the factor that substance abuse plays. Kensil spoke about the roots of anger and the damage done to a family through abuse.

Kathy Kious, home health administrative assistant for the hospital, sang “You Lift Me Up” to the attendees and DCFS Public Information Officer Jen Florent spoke.  Tonya Bowrey, manager for the rehabilitation services department and co-mission integration leader, explained the symbolism of the blue ribbons and pinwheels and closed the service with a group prayer for children. 

Attendees then helped decorate the Peace Garden blue with pinwheels and took blue ribbons for their trees at home. Blue pinwheels symbolize the joy, imagination, whimsy and wonder as a wish for all children. Blue ribbons have a story with their symbolism. 

In the spring of 1989, a grandmother named  took a stand against child abuse in  She tied a blue ribbon on the antenna of her minivan in remembrance of her late grandson and as a signal to her community of the devastation that child abuse causes to a family. At the age of two, her grandson died at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend. To her, the blue ribbon symbolized the bruises on his small body. The looped blue ribbon has become the national symbol.
The hospital invites the public to visit the displays that the mission integration team has assembled. The displays are located in the Chapel and main registration area. The mission integration team would like to thank everyone to everyone who spoke, sang and supported the event.
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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HSHS Illinois
Office: 217-464-5610

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