OSF HealthCare and Smith Village Offer Grief Support
Two of the Southland’s leading sponsors of adult support groups — OSF HealthCare and Smith Village — are joining forces to offer a free six-week adult bereavement program available via Zoom, Wednesdays, July 15 through Aug. 19, 1 p.m.
Each week, the hour-long sessions dealing with the loss of a relative, friend or close colleague will be led by three experts: Chaplain Dennis Shelton and social worker Jessica Allison MSW, both of OSF HealthCare, and Diane Morgan, Smith Village social service director of long-term care.
“Deaths from the COVID-19 pandemic have touched many more people than in normal times,” said Allison. “We thought addressing this topic from three points of view would be greatly beneficial to survivors.”
The first meeting will focus on the grieving process.
The sessions will be presented via Zoom, a video conferencing platform that can be accessed on computers or mobile telephones. To download the software, go to https://zoom.en.softonic.com/?ex=MOB-575.6.
Pre-registration is required to participate in the weekly sessions. To register contact Jessica Allison, 708-229-6913 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The meeting ID and password needed to participate will be provided.
OSF HealthCare is an integrated health system owned and operated by The Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis. The OSF HealthCare Ministry includes 14 hospitals throughout Illinois and Michigan. Smith Village is a life plan community in Beverly/Morgan Park.
OSF Healthcare Little Company of Mary Names New President
OSF HealthCare has named Kathleen Kinsella president of OSF HealthCare Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Evergreen Park.
Kinsella has served as the hospital’s chief operating officer since 2018 where she was responsible for operational issues with a focus on safety and positive clinical outcomes for patients. She was instrumental in facilitating the successful transition of Little Company of Mary to OSF HealthCare in February.
Kinsella has more than 30 years of health care experience in ambulatory and hospital medicine consulting and implementing solutions for operational, financial, quality and regulatory issues in varied professional environments. She received her Bachelor of Science in occupational health and safety education from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and a Master of Science in health care administration from the University of St. Francis.
“Kathleen is a shining example of our Mission to serve with the greatest care and love and I am thrilled to welcome her into her new role as president of OSF Little Company of Mary,” said AJ Querciagrossa, chief executive officer, Metro Region, OSF HealthCare.
Kinsella takes over for John Hanlon, MD, who is retiring after a nearly 40-year career, the last two years as president of OSF Little Company of Mary. The transition will be effective July 10.