Express Employment Professionals in Springfield has agreed to a $5,000 commitment to sponsor mini horse therapy at HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. The sponsorship will allow mini horses from Heartland Mini Hoofs to visit 10 times per year for the next five years. Prior to the sponsorship, visits were less frequent when funding was available.

Express has a history of sponsoring horses that serve an important purpose. The company, headquartered in Oklahoma City and franchised in Springfield, has sponsored Clydesdales since 1998 that performed public televised duties including walking in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and escorting England’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, at the Calgary Stampede in 2011.

The Springfield location is owned by the Britton family and is a Children’s Miracle Network partner.

“We are so thankful to Express Employment Professionals for their sponsorship of this wonderful and impactful program,” said Beverly Neisler, chief development officer at HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “It is inspiring to see local businesses donating to a cause that will bring so many smiles to the children in our hospital.”

Heartland Mini Hoofs has been coming to St. John’s Children’s Hospital for the past two years. You can visit their website for more information. www.heartlandminihoofs.org

To support programs at St. John’s like this and others, go to www.st-johns.org/giving.

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About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Center, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.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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