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Training Spiritual Caregivers to Provide Hope and Healing

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Thanks to the Keystone Founders Society, The Clergy Institute continues to be a valuable resource for hospital chaplains, clergy and lay people across the state. The Clergy Institute, an annual interfaith conference coordinated by the Spiritual Care Department of Presence Saint Francis Hospital, sets Saint Francis apart and positions it as a leader in this field, while providing religious caregivers with education on topics of great interest and need.

This year, the conference focused on responses to loss and grief. While the reality of loss is universal, the experience of loss is always unique. Conference speakers encouraged participants to provide compassionate support to community members dealing with grief and developed pastoral responses to loss. The conference also connected participants to resources for their own self-care needs.

This year’s conference was well-attended with over 140 spiritual caregivers present. Excellent pastoral care that heals the body and the spirit is a hallmark of our Catholic heritage. Because of the leadership and generosity of the Keystone Founders Society since 1999, Presence Health is able to provide continuing education for chaplains and clergy.



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Philanthropy Spotlight

Now that we have finalized the transaction between AMIITA Health and Presence Health, we have begun the deliberate process of formally coming together as AMITA Health to serve all of Chicagoland. This process also includes our financial accounting year. Presence Health will align with AMITA Health’s accounting practices by moving to a fiscal year calendar. Our official new fiscal year will be July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019.

We will begin sharing our finances with you on this new fiscal year schedule. This change will go into effect for the upcoming board meetings in August.

Thank you in advance for your support as we move forward in this new direction. Please let us know if you have questions.

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Upcoming Events

July 27,2018

Ambassador Board Rock the Boat

August 19,2018

PSFH A Day at the Races

September 9,2018

PSJMC Auxiliary Fashion Show

September 17,2018

The Presence Executive Cup

September 22,2018

PMMC Spirit of Mercy Compassion Cup

September 26,2018

PSJH-C Lift A Spirit

October 6,2018

Presence St. Mary's Hospital Annual Gala

October 20,2018

Rainbow Hospice Angels Ball

November 10,2018

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Annual Gala

March 2, 2019

The Presence Ball 2019

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Presence Health physicians named 2018 Chicago Top Cardiologists

PSMH Wound Care Center Earns National Accreditation

Congratulations to this year’s Inspire Award Recipients

The Inspire Award for Community Service is presented annually as a way of recognizing community leaders or organizations that exemplify the values of Presence Health by going above and beyond to care for vulnerable populations in need.

Presence Health would like to congratulate this year’s Inspire Awards recipients:

  • PSJMC: Dr. Theodore M. Kanellakes
  • PSMH: Asbury Community Outreach Ministries, Inc.
  • PSJH-C: Little Sisters of the Poor
  • PSMEMC: Peter O’Brien
  • PSFH: Evonda Thomas Smith
  • PSJH-Elgin: Ecker Center for Mental Health
  • PMMC: Frequent Users System Engagement
  • PHFMC: Des Plaines Public Library
  • PRMC: Avenues to Independence