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HSHS St. John’s Hospital’s 2017 Butter Cow Unveiled in Cafeteria

On Wednesday, the annual HSHS St. John’s Hospital Butter Cow was unveiled via cheesecloth. The reveal of the smaller artistic interpretation of the famous Illinois State Fair butter cow is a highly anticipated event at St. John’s and beyond.

The butter cow, lovingly nick-named “Frannie,” was sculpted from eight sticks of butter, totaling about two pounds. Frannie must be refrigerated overnight but will come out every day during fair-time to butter-up her fans.    

This is the second annual butter cow at St. John’s. The hospital intends to maintain the tradition for years to come as many patients and families who can’t make it to the fair enjoy the mini butter cow at St. John’s.
“Last year’s butter cow artist was unavailable, so we had to herd new talent,” said Catie Sheehan, spokesperson for HSHS St. John’s Hospital. “We knew there must be an artist who would want to milk the opportunity to create a light-hearted piece for our patients, visitors and colleagues who just melt over our little butter cow display.”

The new butter cow artist wishes to remain anonymous; she goes by the alias “Buttercup.” Her smooth work is inspired by a love for farm animals and dairy products. This cow sculpture was the first for Buttercup. “I churned the idea around in my head, but ultimately, I felt mooved to create the cow,” she said.

The St. John’s butter cow display is called “Feeding Time.” It will be on display daily in St. John’s cafeteria until Sunday, August 20. The cafeteria is open to the public, but is most commonly frequented by St. John’s colleagues, patients and their loved ones.

To view more images of HSHS St. John’s hospital dairy cow visit www.stjohns.org/buttercow.  

About HSHS St. John’s Hospital
HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Illinois is a regional medical center offering a comprehensive array of health care services to central and southern Illinois. Founded in 1875, St. John’s is the flagship hospital of Hospital Sisters Health System and is home to the Prairie Heart Institute, St. John’s Children’s Hospital, St. John’s Women’s Services, St. John’s Neurosciences Institute, St. John’s Cancer Institute, orthopedic services and AthletiCare. St. John’s now has one of the most advanced surgery centers in the nation and a renovated patient tower with all private rooms. St. John’s is designated as a level I trauma center, has its own college of nursing and is a teaching hospital for the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. For more information about St. John’s Hospital, visit www.st-johns.org.
About Hospital Sisters Health System
Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our 15 local systems and physician practices in Illinois (Belleville, Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org

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