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Hospital photo opp: Nurses Week Blessing of the Hands
Adventist Midwest Health will celebrate 2010 National Nurses Week with a variety of activities, including “Blessing of the Hands” ceremonies at its suburban Chicago hospitals. Blessing of the Hands is an annual ritual conducted for caregivers by members of the hospital’s pastoral care department and will take place:

•    May 7 at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, 701 Winthrop Ave., Glendale Heights, and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital, 5101 S. Willow Springs Road, La Grange
•    May 10 at Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, 500 Remington Blvd., Bolingbrook
•    May 11 at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 120 N. Oak St., Hinsdale

“Blessing of the Hands serves as an affirmation of the healing power of Christ as expressed through our nurses, doctors and other caregivers,” said John Rapp, regional vice president of ministries and mission at Adventist Midwest Health. “We anoint their hands, the channels through which God’s healing flows, with oil because oil in the Bible represents the healing presence of God and the work of the Holy Spirit.”

Caregivers are given cards that express prayers for compassion, understanding, and strength: “Give to me, Lord, strength for this selfless service and enable me to give hope to those I am called to serve.”

Members of the media are invited to cover events at the hospital but should RSVP with Lisa Parro at 630.312.7508. Blessing of the Hands will take place at various times in all areas of the hospital.