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Spiritual Care Visitor Training begins July 13, 2019

Spiritual Care Visitor Training returns to Bishop Anderson House offices this summer. On Saturday July 13th, participants will gather for an innovative one-day retreat which will include a time of spiritual reflection, followed by workshops that will explore how to be an “active listener” and the particular concerns of providing spiritual care with those who are dying. Lunch will also be served. The program will continue for six months as each participant will be offered a set of 7 online modules to take at his or her own pace. The online modules are recorded, live presentations by seasoned practitioners from [...]

By |2019-05-22T16:22:54-05:00May 20th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

Symposium for Spiritual Care Providers

THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2019 8:30 AM—3:30 PM Register now for an exciting Art of Healing workshop for Spiritual Care Providers--a collaboration between RUSH University Medical Center Department of Religion, Health & Human Values and Edward-Elmhurst Health Department of Spiritual Care. Click for more information.

By |2019-04-18T09:04:51-05:00March 10th, 2019|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments

A Chaplain’s Spirit is Revived

A chaplain's vocation brings a wide array of experiences and recently Chaplain Micheal shared two stories that revived his spirit as a chaplain. In the morning, he encountered a young girl who was adamant that the nurse was not going to stick her with a needle, as crucial as that was to her good health. Knowing of our Teddy Bears, the nurse asked for one, and Micheal scurried to bring one to the young patient.  The youngster delightedly grabbed Teddy with one arm and the needle stick happened in the other arm. A win win for all! Later in the day, a [...]

By |2019-01-24T12:53:18-05:00January 24th, 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 |2018-12-20T10:17:58-05:00December 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 |2018-11-07T17:38:05-05:00November 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 |2018-10-16T11:41:42-05:00October 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 |2018-10-16T13:18:01-05:00October 1st, 2018|Bishop Anderson House|0 Comments