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Hospital exhibit honors soldiers and their families
Photo caption: From left, Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital Chaplain Mark Woolfington, Executive Assistant in Ministries and Mission Esther Jarrette and Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Birth Center Director Yvonne Losey look over parts of the Freedom Appreciation exhibit at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. For more photos from the exhibit opening, click on the image.

Hinsdale – A new Healing Arts exhibit featuring items from staff at Adventist Hinsdale and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospitals honors members of the military and their families.

The “Freedom Appreciation” exhibit opened with a reception the evening of June 5. The exhibit will remain on display this June and July in the atrium at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, 120 N. Oak St.

“We want to express our appreciation to all who have served or are serving in the military,” said Sue Kett, who leads the Healing Arts program run by Adventist Midwest Health.

The exhibit features photographs, collages, personal stories, poems and other framed artwork of family members who are military veterans or who are actively serving, to remember their service, Kett said.

“We began a Healing Arts program here at the hospital about a year ago, and from the very beginning everybody decided they wanted to have an opportunity to honor our military family,” Kett said.

An exhibit such as “Freedom Appreciation” gives people the chance to reflect upon the freedoms we enjoy and all that people have sacrificed to protect it, Kett said.

“We need to take a moment to express our appreciation to each and every one of them,” Kett said.

During the exhibit’s opening reception, John Rapp, vice president of ministries and mission for Adventist Midwest Health, reflected upon the military service of his family, especially his brother Ron, whom his family worried was killed in action in Vietnam. Fortunately, his brother survived and was later awarded the Purple Heart as a Marine.

“For freedom to be more than a theory, it requires two things. It requires duty and it requires virtue,” Rapp said. “That was my brother Ron and millions and millions just like him.”

Adventist Hinsdale Hospital CEO Michael J. Goebel said no one is more deserving of thanks than those of have served and continue to serve in the armed forces.

“We applaud the courage and sacrifice you’ve shown in service to our country,” Goebel said.

Adventist Midwest Health’s Healing Arts program includes monthly musical performances in Adventist Hinsdale Hospital’s atrium and visits to patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital from a certified music practitioner harpist.

Other programs being launched include rotating art galleries and a portable art cart with art supplies for patients to use at the bedside. It has been proven that engaging in art related activities can ease a patient’s anxiety and, potentially, their perception of pain.


Adventist Midwest Health, part of Adventist Health System, includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit

Physicians on the medical staff of Adventist Midwest Health Hospitals are independent contractors, and are not agents of the hospitals.

Media contact: Chris LaFortune, public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; (630) 856-2354.