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10/31/2017

HSHS St. John’s Hospital Celebrates $35,000 Donation from Downtown Kiwanis Club for Sensory Carts


HSHS St. John’s Foundation will celebrate a $35,000 donation from the Downtown Kiwanis Club of Springfield on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at noon. The donation will fund the HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital K-Kart Program.
 
K-karts are specialized carts that will be utilized in various departments within the children’s hospital. The carts include sensory carts for pediatrics, surgery and the emergency department, game carts for pediatrics and emergency department, and a sibling cart for the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).  The organization is funding one k-kart each year for the next seven years.
 
“We want to express our tremendous gratitude to the Downtown Kiwanis organization and its support of the k-karts program,” said Vernessa Glover, executive director of HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital. “We’ve already seen the impact of the first k-kart donation in the smiles of the children who have used it.”
 
The Downtown Kiwanis has funded previous community projects, including Kiwanis field and handicap-accessible equipment at Southwind Park.
 
The k-kart celebration will include a sensory cart demonstration.
 
To learn more about k-karts, watch this video.
 
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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 Center, 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.  


Media Contact

Catie Sheehan
Executive Director of Communications, Marketing and Advocacy
Office: (217) 814-8377
Cell: (217) 220-1717
catie.sheehan@hshs.org

Erica Cusumano Johnson
Manager of Communications
Office: (217) 814-4307
Cell: (217) 303-6344
erica.johnson@hshs.org


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