Chaplain Micheal is busy sharing snacks, teddy bears, prayer shawls and cards with health care workers on the front lines at Stroger Hospital.

Please join us as we show our appreciation for their valiant service to us all.

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“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 Constant Resource

  • Focusing on Hospital Workers

    As I write this, things have shifted in the Illinois Medical District. Anytime Chaplain Micheal or I come to work and enter Stroger Hospital of Cook County or Rush University Medical Center, we are required to wear a facemask. While this might seem innocuous enough, it has made me realize how much we all communicate nonverbally and how hard it …Read More »
  • Virtual Healing One, Healing the World gatherings

    Because we missed seeing each other at the Healing One, Healing the World benefit in May, we are creating a series of virtual gatherings. We want to check in with our Bishop Anderson House family to find out how you are doing and spend time celebrating our mutual ministry. Watch your email for our e-newsletter and/or an invitation from Tommy! …Read More »