December 2002

CHI to Publish 4th Edition of Sacred Stories

Catholic Health Initiatives will publish the fourth edition of Sacred Stories, its series of publications that contain stories of lived spirituality authored by Catholic Health Initiatives employees, physicians and volunteers. Many market-based leaders use these stories as inspiration for prayer services or opening prayers as well as private reading. "This way of sharing the lived spirituality of those who care for our patients, residents and communities has become a recognized hallmark of Catholic Health Initiatives," said Jerry Broccolo, vice president of spirituality for Catholic Health Initiatives. "Our culture is one that encourages our people to express what gives meaning to their personal lives and professional work. We are truly proud of how their stories reveal the faith and dedication they bring to our daily provision of health care services." The fourth edition of Sacred Stories includes contributions from dozens of market-based facilities. Many more stories are maintained in Catholic Health Initiatives’ national archive of sacred stories. For more information, please contact Rosemarie Wehrly at

Excerpts From Sacred Stories, Fourth Edition: During the past year, my friend’s father became sick with lung cancer and was hospitalized many times on my unit. During one of his last hospital stays, he needed to go to the intensive care unit. I was at his bedside but not really able to assist; the only thing I knew to do was whisper in his ear that I was there and to hold his hand during his transport. He recovered from that incident only to return to my unit. He told me how much my holding his hand meant to him; that he felt he was slipping away, but holding my hand helped him hold on to life. Pam Smith, RN Good Samaritan Hospital Cincinnati, Ohio When at last we opened the hospital courtyard door, Abigail, a 60-pound basset hound, sensed the presence of her master and began waddling toward his room, completely ignoring the sights, sounds and smells of the intensive care unit. A nurse placed a chair next to the patient’s bed and several staff members lifted Abigail up to see him. As we looked on with smiles and tears, Abigail licked his hand while he tried to pet her head. I thought about the special bond that joined them and wondered who was comforting whom. Bob Bonnell Saint Francis Medical Center Grand Island, Neb. Emma’s oncologist was troubled by the fact that she could not be with her husband, Harry, and had the idea to connect them via telemedicine. Harry moved to the telemedicine room at his facility and Emma was brought to our emergency room for the connection. When Harry said goodbye, he blew her a kiss. As he did this, the staff zoomed the camera in on Emma as if the kiss had found its place on her cheek. Harry smiled. Deb Schweitzer, RN, BSN St. Joseph’s Hospital and Health Center Dickinson, N.D.