SHELBYVILLE, IL – In celebration of Earth Day, on Sunday, April 22 at 1 p.m. HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its newest project, a raised-bed community garden. HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital and the First Presbyterian Church are the foundation partners of the community garden which will be located on the hospital campus just south of the main hospital.
The garden will be planted, tended and harvested by volunteers. The produce will be part of a monthly meal served by the First Presbyterian Church, 201 N. Chestnut, Shelbyville, on the last Saturday of each month from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The meal is prepared by the church and served to those in need in the community.
First Presbyterian Church Pastor Andy Sonneborn said, “We have wonderful volunteers who will work in the gardens. We are thrilled to join our efforts with HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital on this project. Their donation of the land and the raised garden containers will certainly help us serve those in our community who need our help.”
Any produce harvested from the gardens and not used for this meal will be donated to the local food pantry at the First United Methodist Church, 205 W. Main St., Shelbyville. The food pantry is open on Mondays and Thursday from 10 a.m. – noon.
Food pantry organizer Dave Mills said, “We are very excited. It will be a blessing for the food pantry which serves approximately 230 Shelby County households each month.”
Any unneeded produce grown in the community garden will be sold at the local Farmers’ Market. The proceeds will help fund the community garden.
“Last fall, we invited the local Ministerial Society to breakfast to begin a conversation on how we could work more with our faith communities,” co-mission integration leader Lorrie Hayden said. “We asked about their concerns, and how we could help.”
She continues, “This question led to a dialogue about the Presbyterian Church’s monthly meal for those in need. We talked about it internally and thought this was a great opportunity to share our Franciscan values within our community. We felt Earth Day was the ideal time to open the garden. We are also very excited about all the good that will come from the garden and how it will serve 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 (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, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org.