Green Bay – HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center will celebrate Pastoral Care Week Oct. 22-28, in honor of those who serve in various ministries and provide spiritual healing to others in need.
Held first in 1984, Pastoral Care Week is sponsored by the Coalition on Ministry in Specialized Settings Network, a national organization of pastoral care providers, professionals, chaplains, and a faith group endorser. Now in its 33rd year, the week-long observance recognizes the importance of spirituality and spiritual leaders as a part of the healing process.
“Pastoral caregivers make rounds to visit patients every day and are on-call after hours to provide spiritual assistance to patients and their families,” explains Mary Salm, Director of Spiritual Care, HSHS-Eastern Wisconsin Division. “During times of illness, knowing someone cares brings a sense of healing and hope to the sick and their families. They make frequent visits, offer support, share prayers and simply listen to patients.”
Each day, pastoral caregivers are invited into the life experiences of women, men, children and organizations. Pastoral Care Week provides an opportunity for the community to celebrate with chaplains and pastoral care counselors, educators and providers for bringing many gifts to the process of restoration to patients, young and old.
“Pastoral Care Week is a wonderful time to recognize those providing spiritual care within our community,” says Salm. “We are celebrating the work of our chaplains this week, but we also want to celebrate the work of the many other clergy and spiritual leaders throughout the area who faithfully visit their parishioners during hospital stays.”
All those who provide pastoral care to others, regardless of faith tradition, whether clergy or not, those who give pastoral care in specialized settings such as hospitals, prisons, businesses, industries, long-term care facilities, pastoral counseling centers, hospices, military settings, nursing homes, congregations of sisters, priests and brothers, schools, universities, seminaries, and many more – HSHS St. Vincent and St. Mary’s celebrate them and appreciate all they do for our patients and the community.
About HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center
HSHS St. Vincent Hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital Medical Center have been delivering quality health care to Green Bay and its surrounding communities since 1888. With HSHS St. Vincent being the largest tertiary care hospital and HSHS St. Mary’s location on Green Bay’s west side, patients from Northeastern Wisconsin and Upper Michigan benefit from a comprehensive range of services that include cancer care, women’s services, emergency and trauma care, preventive care across the lifespan, digestive health, orthopedic, cardiac care, neurosciences, rehabilitation and pediatrics. Affiliates of Hospital Sisters Health System, the hospitals primary purpose is to continue Christ’s healing love through the delivery of competent and compassionate health care in an environment sensitive to the needs of all people. Both hospitals are accredited by the Joint Commission of Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
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 (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan, and two in Green Bay). HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.