Upstate News

January 14, 2004
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

University Hospital receives grant for children’s chaplaincy program

University Hospital has received a $5,000 grant from the Wilbert Foundation to supports its new children’s chaplaincy program.

Bob Atkinson, president of Wilbert’s local licensee, Sunnycrest Wilbert of Auburn, N.Y., presented the check to University Hospital’s pediatric chaplain, the Rev. Louise Shepard. “We are grateful for the support of the Wilbert Foundation,” said Shepard. “This funding will assist us in developing and strengthening our program so that we can better meet the needs of children and their families.”

Shepard–the only chaplain dedicated to pediatric patients in the region–provides bedside visits for young patients and their families and staff consultations. University Hospital established its pediatric chaplaincy program last fall as a special component of its Spiritual Care Program directed by the Rev. Terry Culbertson.

University Hospital is one of only 16 hospitals across the country to receive this funding. Others receiving Wilbert Foundation grants include the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center in Portland and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh.

The Wilbert Foundation, based in Chicago, provides grants and resources to help children cope with trauma of grief and death. The foundation raises money through the charitable giving of Wilbert Funeral Services Inc. employees and licensees.

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