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HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital Celebrates the Feast of St. Francis with a Week of Activities

The Feast of St. Francis of Assisi is recognized and celebrated on October 4 annually. St. Francis was known for ministering to the poor and the leper colonies. Remembered for his love of animals and nature, he also founded the Catholic Church’s Franciscan order. Founded in 1875, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis have been caring for the sick in Wisconsin and Illinois and other places across the globe. Today, Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) is a multi-institutional health care system.

To pay homage to our Franciscan roots, HSHS Good Shepherd will soon celebrate October 2 - 7 with several different events. The celebration begins with a food collection for the local First United Methodist Food Pantry. Departments of the hospital will be competing to collect nonperishable food items for the food pantry and pet food for the local animal shelter. Collection boxes will be located in the main registration area, and the public is invited to contribute.
To contribute to the food pantry collection, please donate boxed or canned food that has not expired. The pantry is specifically looking for cereal, canned meats, pasta, beans, peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, spices, toothpaste, toothbrushes, gluten-free foods and foods appropriate for diabetics or people with food allergies. Soap, shampoo, toilet paper, nuts, crackers, coffee, tea, and hot chocolate are always welcomed.   
The food collection contest will conclude at 3 p.m. on Friday; however, the hospital will still accept donations of canned or boxed food for the pantry. You can also look for Good Shepherd scarecrows with shopping carts during the Scarecrow Daze Parade on Saturday, October 7 who will collect canned or boxed food items during the parade. Please bring donations of food for the pantry or pet food for the shelter to help us fill our carts.
On Tuesday, October 3, a St. Francis and Sister Clare educational trivia in the Wildflower Café. Sister Clare was a devoted follower of Francis, and she established the Order of the Poor Ladies, a religious order for women in the Franciscan tradition.
The public is also invited to celebrate a special Mass in the hospital’s chapel on Wednesday, October 4, at 11:30. Educational trivia will continue in the Wildflower Café.
On Thursday, October 5, colleagues from the hospital will volunteer at the food bank from 2-6 p.m. Volunteers will help unload trucks and stock shelves.
“Feeding our families is a basic need,” said HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital CEO Aaron Puchbauer. “According to statistics from Feeding America, one in seven families experiences hunger. What better way to honor the Christian works of St. Francis than to hold a food drive designed to help those most in need?” 

About HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital
Since its inception in 1916, HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville (GSS) has been dedicated to excellence in healthcare for those living and visiting their communities. GSS has accomplished this by providing comprehensive health services and meeting the needs of patients served through their compassionate care, business integrity and community responsibility. GSS provides a 24/7 emergency department that is fully staffed by physicians and highly-trained nurses, and also features inpatient and outpatient services, including a 24-hour laboratory and an imaging department that meets today’s highest standards for diagnostic imaging technology. GSS has an advanced surgery department and an acute inpatient care unit. Dedicated to being a hometown hospital, GSS’ home health and rehabilitation departments are committed to excellence with a team of professional nurses and therapists providing a variety of medical services and rehabilitative therapies, all designed to help patients heal in their own environment. The group of visiting specialists in the outpatient clinic works closely with GSS to help keep the healthcare services local even if a specialized procedure or exam is required. GSS strives to be the first choice for the community’s healthcare needs. For more information about HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital, visit www.hshsgoodshepherd.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 (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Clare, 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, visitwww.hospitalsisters.org

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