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New Beginnings for Our Signature Spiritual Care Visitor Training

For many years we at Bishop Anderson House have dreamed of a way to reach more people with our invaluable pastoral care training. Now, thanks to a generous cadre of donors, the Ron Valentine Spiritual Care Visitor Training program is poised to go online so that more churches and individuals can participate.  Students will gather for a one day workshop which touches on the most important pieces of the curriculum, in particular, Active Listening. Then, each student, at his or her own pace, will take a set of 8 online units; each class concludes with a test that must be [...]

By |2019-01-09T16:10:17+00:00January 9th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

A House is a Home

Once upon a time, 70 years ago, our agency began it's ministry in a beautiful brownstone House, located near what was then St. Luke's Presbyterian Hospital. This year we were fortunate to meet several friends who had attended dinners and classes in that House. It founded as a sanctuary for medical and nursing students to sort out the place of spirituality in the medical world. Now our House and Home are located on the campus of Rush University Medical Center...how did we get here? As the hospital expanded in the 1960's, our House was purchased, and in return, Bishop Anderson [...]

By |2018-12-20T10:17:58+00:00December 20th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

A Visit From Chaplain Jim

Three people in the grip of serious addiction, two dealing with heroin, one with alcohol.  All dealing also with HIV.  One is receiving methadone treatment at the hospital, hoping to transition to a residential facility where she can get the help and support needed to stay off the street and away from the cycle that has repeatedly drawn her in.  I listen and we talk about her strengths and weaknesses, what works for her, what works against her.  She wears a mask (I do too) but when she talks about her resilience her eyes smile in a beautiful way above the mask.  We talk about [...]

By |2018-11-07T17:38:05+00:00November 7th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Not one, but TWO new Chaplains

Thanks to donor support and board member passion, we were able to double our capacity at Stroger this month We are thrilled to introduce you to Matt Seeds and Micheal Smith, our two new chaplains at Stroger Hospital. Matt and Micheal started this week and they will be providing more coverage in the Cook County Hospital Trauma and Critical Care Units than ever before offered. Matt hails from Pennsylvania and has been working as a chaplain and manager of spiritual care over three continuing care retirement facilities (there were 26 communities in total that were part of this system).  He completed his [...]

By |2018-10-16T11:41:42+00:00October 14th, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Spiritual Care Week Focus–Caring for Hospital Staff

The work days are long, and the tasks are intense, but everyone at the CORE Center of Cook County gives 110% day after day to ensure the highest quality care for people living with infections diseases. This year, to celebrate National Spiritual Care Week, Bishop Anderson House is partnering with CORE to present "Breathe Deep Day." The Rev. Laurie Michaels will present deep relaxation sessions so that everyone from administrative staff to physicians to case workers can take a break and learn a valuable self-care tool to fight burnout. Self care always includes healthy snacks and beverages, and we throw [...]

By |2018-10-16T13:18:01+00:00October 1st, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments