Chippewa Falls, Wis.  – In honor of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, HSHS Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospitals are hosting a remembrance walk at Irvine Park on Friday, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. The event is being held in conjunction with Share of Western Wisconsin, a pregnancy and infant loss support group coordinated by HSHS hospitals in western Wisconsin. 

Families who have suffered the loss of an infant or a pregnancy are encouraged to gather at the Irvine Park main pavilion, which is near the duck pond. The walk will proceed to the bridge where a brief memorial service will be held, then loop back to the pavilion. The route is less than one mile.

“It’s important we honor those little lives lost because even though they are no longer with us, they have left tiny footprints on our hearts,” says Ashley Rawlings, HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital Women and Infants Center registered nurse. “We want families to know they are not grieving alone, and their loss is never forgotten.”

The walk is free and registration is not required. For those interested in participating and who would like additional information, please call 715-717-7666. To protect the health and safety of all attendees, face coverings and social distancing practices will be required.

More information about the Share program at HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital can be found here: Share Pregnancy and Infant Loss Support

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About HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital
HSHS Sacred Heart Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1889, it has been meeting patient needs in western Wisconsin with the latest medical innovations and technology, together with a Franciscan whole-person healing tradition.

About HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the Founding Institute, and it is an affiliate of Hospital Sisters Health System. Since 1885, it has served the people of the Chippewa Falls area with health care that is high tech and high touch. Known locally for the quality of the care it provides patients, the hospital has been recognized nationally for its outstanding patient satisfaction levels.

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 physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – 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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Karen Kraus

Communications Department
HSHS Wisconsin
Office: (715) 717-4591
Cell: (715) 717-4747
Karen.Kraus@hshs.org

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