In honor of National Philanthropy Day, HSHS St. John’s Foundation announced it has awarded grants totaling nearly $4 million in FY19 to HSHS St. John’s Hospital, HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, Prairie Heart Institute and St. John’s College of Nursing. 

Donations from generous community members and colleagues in FY19 helped fund:

  • Nursing scholarships, new equipment for the simulation center and continuing education at St. John’s College of Nursing;

  • A remodel of the 21-room pediatric unit, mamaRoo swings, kangaroo care recliners and simulation manikins at St. John’s Children’s Hospital; and

  • A healing arts program, rehabilitation equipment and technology, community wellness initiatives, patient and family charging kiosks and specialized medical equipment for many departments within St. John’s and Prairie Heart Institute. 

 “Donors enable the hospital to provide new programs and services, update technology and equipment, make facility improvements and much more,” said St. John’s President and CEO E.J. Kuiper. “While many hospitals across the nation are seeing a decline in patient volumes, St. John’s has experienced an increase. This wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our donors.”

Chief Development Officer Bev Neisler added, “Financial contributions are vital to the healing ministry at St. John’s. When donors match a cause near and dear to their heart with a priority at St. John’s, great things can

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. 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
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 For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit

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