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 residency at Houston Methodist Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center, in 2012. He is starting the process of being certified as a professional chaplain with the Association of Professional Chaplains. Matt brings sensitivity, intuitiveness, humor, kindness and conscientiousness to our agency.
Micheal, a native of Michigan, has just completed a two-year residency program at Advocate Trinity Hospital. He experienced a call to hospital chaplaincy when his wife, now a breast cancer survivor, was first diagnosed. He served for 14 years in parish ministry in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. He endeavors to provide affirmation and hope to help people with chronic illnesses and comorbidities regain their existential meaning and purpose. We welcome his passion for community involvement as well as his interest in chaplaincy research. Micheal’s compassion for marginalized and disenfranchised people makes him a welcomed addition to Stroger Hospital.
Bishop Anderson House was able to take this leap of faith to hire two chaplain fellows because of the deep desire of the board of trustees to increase spiritual care at Stroger Hospital. The initial successes of our capital campaign ensure that we can expand real ministry today. We are beyond grateful for the donations that have made our dream a reality.