To the Editor:
In recognition of Spiritual Care Week, Oct. 20-26, I would like to recognize and thank all of the local and area clergy who faithfully visit the patients, residents and families of St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home. The theme for this year’s National Spiritual Care Week is “Hospitality: Cultivating Space,” which offers an 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. I feel we exemplify the concern for the human spirit at St. Anthony, through dedication to the service of healing of the total person — body, mind and soul.
The mission and philosophy of St. Anthony is derived from our faith-based roots in Catholicism and from our founders, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, and our sponsors, St. Anthony Ministries. We are grateful for their meaningful guidance toward health, healing, and hope. Today, along with the clergy, our Spiritual Care staff, our spiritual care volunteers, and staff from all disciplines, I take pride in witnessing the spiritual needs of those for whom we provide care are met on a daily basis.
I have seen the results of spiritual care at our hospital year after year. From the compassion and interest each of our staff members has in the health of our patients to the miracles worked through the hands of our doctors, it is the spiritual care and compassion that sets St. Anthony apart.
President and CEO, St. Anthony Regional Hospital and Nursing Home