November 11, 2009
Hospital honors active duty military, veterans
Glendale Heights – In honor of Veterans Day Wednesday, Yvonne Losey, director of the Special Additions Birth Center at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital and other members of the hospital’s Spiritual Life Committee collected homemade cookies to ship to members of the U.S. military serving overseas. Employees also expressed their appreciation in patriotic cards that will be sent with the sweets.
The care packages will be mailed to men and women serving alongside Losey’s husband, Chaplain (LTC) Garry Losey, in Iraq. A U.S. Army Reservist, Garry Losey has regional oversight of chaplains serving the area. Before his deployment, Losey was manager of pastoral care at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. The Loseys live in Plainfield.
On display in one of the hospital’s corridors are two bulletin boards: one features photos of hospital employees’ family members in the military and the other features photos of employees who served in the military. The veterans served in the Vietnam War, Korean War and other conflicts. Yvonne Losey spearheaded the effort as a way to recognize the service of so many hospital employees and their loved ones.
“On Veterans Day and every day, I want them to know we appreciate all their sacrifices,” Losey said. “These care packages are just a small way of saying ‘thank you.’”
This is her husband’s first deployment to Iraq, where he supports the troops of the 90th sustainment brigade. He is based at Joint Base Balad in Northern Iraq, located about 40 miles north of Bagdad. The base is one of the largest American military bases in Iraq and is shared by the Army and Air Force; the Army side is known as Camp Anaconda.
Although both involve meeting people’s spiritual needs, Garry Losey said military ministry differs from hospital ministry in that the biggest issues for soldiers relate to their personal life, not their health.
“It’s more of a counseling ministry, dealing with personal and family needs,” he said. “Being in the military, you’re always moving, always going somewhere different.”
A second-generation Seventh-day Adventist pastor with more than 30 years of ministry experience, Losey previously worked as manager of pastoral care at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital before joining Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital last year. He has worked for Adventist Midwest Health for four years.