When a family member or loved one is hospitalized, it can be one of the most stressful and worrisome times of one’s life -- both for patients and those who are close to them. And often, it is a time when those impacted rely on their religious faith to sustain and strengthen them.
With this in mind, the CHI Health Foundation has embarked on a plan to relocate and revitalize the chapel at the CHI Health Immanuel.
“This project is an essential element of our faith-based mission and calling as we minister to our patients and families and support our care team to grow in spirituality, enhancing their healing abilities,” Division Vice President of Philanthropy Kathy Bertolini eplained. “Our desire is to place a beautifully designed and inspirational chapel at the front entrance of the hospital. Adjacent to the healing garden, it will allow patients, families, and visitors and staff the opportunity to be inspired and find strength through prayer, reflection and meditation.”
Inspiration for the chapel design was drawn from nature and conveys the peaceful, serene feelings one may have while praying, walking or sitting in a garden. A naturalistic beautification within the chapel is the stained glass artwork located near the entrance and along the chapel windows. The stained glass windows showcase the allure of the outdoors.
“Nature reveals to us God's beauty, glory, power, wisdom, presence, creativity, and, most of all, His loving care,” Bertolini said. For example, the addition of the sun, sun rays and moon in the sky is inspired by Isaiah 60:19, The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Many other images in the chapel design are reflective of scripture and the themes of light, comfort and peace.
“The dove also represents peace of the deepest kind,” Bertolini said. “It soothes and quiets our worried or troubled thoughts, enabling us to find renewal in the silence of the mind.”
She added that the combination of the colorful flowers in a field of greens are meant to create a nurturing and relaxing space for the visitors to the chapel.
“We hope this beautiful space at the entrance of our hospital will be a beacon of hope to all who come to us for care,” Bertolini reflected. “The chapel will provide a clear message that this is a place of healing, mind, body and spirit for people of all faiths.”