Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital President Karen Lambert says Monday’s dedication of the hospital’s new Pat and Fran Houlihan Chapel is a fitting way to mark the completion of the first phase of the $250 million campus expansion and modernization project.
Karen spoke to a group gathered on Monday for an intimate ceremony officially opening the chapel doors to the public.
Planners made a point of incorporating the stained glass windows from the hospital’s original chapel into the design of the new chapel, named after modernization donors and supporters, Pat and Fran Houlihan.
Rev. Fred Ragan, Good Shepherd’s Vice President of Mission and Spiritual Care for nearly ten years, says the chapel is a “sacred space” for all people. “This is a place for people of all faiths to feel comfortable, pray, meditate, express their feelings and also speak to God in whatever means they prefer. Our chapel serves as a reminder of the role body and mind and spirit play in the holistic approach to how we care for those in need.”
A choir made up of Good Shepherd associates sang during the dedication and Chaplain Suzanne Martinez and Rabbi Jodie Futornick read passages from the Bible. There are a total of eight chaplains from a range of denominations who work with those seeking spiritual support at Good Shepherd.
Good Shepherd Hospital President Karen Lambert says this week’s dedication marks the completion of the first phase of the hospital project which started in October of 2013. “We’re a faith-based organization and understand the essential role that spirituality and faith play in healing and caring for our patients, their families and caregivers. So to be able to honor that by opening up the chapel first is very fitting to who we are as an organization and reflective of how our care is provide holistically.”
Karen Lambert also says she’s happy to report that the modernization project is moving forward just as planned. “It’s exciting because we’re looking to open up our new testing center in November and the medical staff area will open at the end of the summer so we’re progressing right on schedule.”
Construction crews have spent much of the summer working on building the new north pavilion where many of the hospital’s 176 patient rooms will be located and they plan to have the pavilion fully enclosed for interior work by the end of 2014. They have also started work on the hospital’s south expansion where the new main entrance will be with easy access to out-patient testing facilities, a conference center and new breast care center.
Hospital services will continue, uninterrupted, during the project. When it’s complete, the new facility will feature all private rooms, expanded intensive care and operating rooms and new state-of-the-art technologies with a design focused on enhanced offerings for patients who need more medical attention while also accommodating the national trend toward more outpatient care.
Visit AdvocateHealth.com/GoodShepherdModernization for the latest photos from the construction site and updates on the project which is scheduled for completion in 2017.