Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital will celebrate 2009 National Nurses Week with a variety of activities, including a “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony by the pastoral care staff on Monday, a “lunch and learn” lecture on how nurses can help their patients quit smoking on Tuesday, and a “Nurse of the Year” award ceremony Thursday. The celebratory theme is “World Class Nurses in Our Own Backyard.”
Also on Tuesday hospital officials will dedicate the “David B. Calandra Circle” drive in front of the hospital to honor the late Dr. David Calandra. He was a cardiothoracic surgeon who died last year. The hospital’s blood center will be accepting blood and platelet donations in honor of Calandra after the event. Donors’ names will be added on a star next to Calandra’s name at the center, 121 N. Elm Street, level B2.
Blessing of the Hands is an annual ritual conducted for caregivers by members of the hospital’s pastoral care department.
“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 contact Lisa Parro at 630.312.7508 to RSVP. Blessing of the Hands will take place at various times in all areas of the hospital Monday.