Chaplain Micheal is busy sharing snacks, prayer shawls and Teddy Bears with health care workers on the front lines at Stroger Hospital. To fund snack purchases for nurses, doctors, EMTs and all of their coworkers, please click on the red donate button above.

“Advancing the well-being of individuals and

communities where healthcare meets the human spirit.”

Our mission is to provide spiritual care to the patients, families and staff of Stroger Cook County Hospital and other Illinois Medical District hospitals. Chaplain Micheal Smith is the Professional Chaplain serving at Stroger, in particular in the Trauma and Burn Units.  In particular, Micheal partners with Stroger staff to provide the highest level of care for patients and families who are shaken by gun violence and severe traumatic injuries.

The Rev. Rose Cicero brings Dianna’s Teddy Bear Ministry to the Illinois Medical District. With a focus on children and women, she shares cuddly bears with pediatric patients, but often adult patients or medical staff appreciate a Teddy Bear for comfort.

Each year, Bishop Anderson House educates and trains students from throughout the region in the art of providing spiritual care on a volunteer basis. Our alumni support the spiritual needs of people in their congregations, communities and healthcare facilities. Online Spiritual Care Visitor Training is the latest addition to our innovative educational opportunities offering sessions each year.

Community based Clinical Pastoral Education is a 6-month extended unit of CPE offered in partnership with Rush University Medical Center, and runs September through March.

And throughout the year we offer retreats and workshops for volunteers and professionals dedicated to providing excellence in spiritual care.

Bishop Anderson is proud to provide self-care events for staff and patients throughout the Illinois Medical District. Chaplains provide monthly times of respite for staff at Stroger. Each year in May we seek to support nursing staff with the blessing of the hands and special treats for National Nurses Week.

Each October we join with organizations and institutions throughout the world for Spiritual Care Week. We recognize both spiritual care providers and the spiritual care given through professional chaplaincy and pastoral counseling within our communities.  The theme, “Chaplains Complete the Picture” offers a rich opportunity to develop relationships and extend hospitality to those who extend spiritual care, to those who collaborate with spiritual care providers and to those who are the recipients of spiritual care.

Latest Updates

  • A Message From Tommy Rogers

    I am writing this in the early morning hours on Saturday, March 21, 2020, where, just a few hours ago at 5pm, the Governor of Illinois issued a “stay at home” order. As I look back on the past week and what lies ahead, here is where I have landed: Stay Centered.  In the midst of this pandemic, many people …Read More »
  • Still caring–but from home!

    All of us at Bishop Anderson House have been appreciative of the calls and e-mails supporting our work during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19. As most of you know, we are housed on the campus of Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and we follow their lead. We are allowing staff that want to work from home remotely to …Read More »
  • The May 17 Spring Benefit will be rescheduled

    Our spring fundraiser, Healing One, Healing the World, will be held later in 2020. Please check back for dates and details.Read More »