HSHS St. John’s Hospital invited students from Springfield Diocese Catholic schools and Springfield School District 186 to write notes of encouragement and gratitude for hospital staff. Hospital colleagues were overjoyed to read the notes they received. 

One card read, “Dear HSHS, thank you for helping every buddy that you care for. It’s so cool. I also want to work at HSHS. Love, Peter.” Another read, “Dear health care workers, thank you so much! I want you to know that the work you do doesn’t go unappreciated. Sincerely, Cole.”  

“HSHS received thousands of cards of support from schoolchildren across the state. Students in Springfield were especially generous with their kind words,” said Allison Paul, interim president and CEO for St. John’s Hospital and HSHS Illinois chief nursing officer. “Those small words of encouragement bring smiles to our faces and make a big difference in our day.” 

Cards were distributed to St. John’s colleagues on Tuesday, Dec. 7 by leaders and managers. “It was so sweet,” said Becky Ray, director of adult clinical services at St. John’s. “The fact that young students and their teachers took the time to make us feel supported by our community meant the world to us.”  

To view all images from the card distribution, follow St. John’s Hospital on Facebook at www.facebook.com/StJohnsSpringfield.  

St. John’s agrees with Monica who wrote, “You are awesome! You are our heroes!” 

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