Bishop Anderson Foundation

Where Healthcare Meets the Human Spirit

aka Bishop Anderson House   |   Chicago, IL   |  www.bishopandersonhouse.org

Mission

“Advancing the well-being of individuals and communities where healthcare meets the human spirit."

Ruling year info

1960

Executive Director

The Rev. Thomas Sherman Rogers III

Main address

1653 W Congress Pkwy JEL64

Chicago, IL 60612 USA

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EIN

36-2404824

NTEE code info

Interfaith Issues (X90)

Nonmonetary Support N.E.C. (X19)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a church.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Many hospitals are cutting back on spiritual care / chaplaincy so Bishop Anderson House has a program to train lay people in the art of spiritual care -- our spiritual care visitor training program. The same is true of many churches that can no longer afford a full-time clergy person. By training lay people in the art of spiritual care, they can care for one another in times of crisis and need. Most people want to help, they just don't have the tools. Our 10 week program gives tools in active listening, ministry to the cognitively impaired, ministering to those with addiction, and chronic illness, death, and loss.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Spiritual Care Visitor Training Program

Our training program is geared towards individuals who want to learn the art of being a healing presence through basic skills of active listening. Other topics include the role of faith, sacrament & prayer in spiritual care; ministry to the cognitively impaired; spiritual screening; advance directives; cultural diversity; and serious illness, death, & loss. Participants in our program are faith community leaders who want to brush up on their skills & lay leaders who want to learn how to support members of their faith community in times of transition & change. Graduates have found it to be very empowering & a meaningful way to increase their capacity as volunteers. Many of our alumni have gone on to discern a call to ordained ministry, engaged in clinical pastoral education (CPE), or went all the way towards becoming a board certified chaplain. We currently offer the program through an online learning management system after a retreat. Sessions are scheduled throughout the year.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Interfaith groups

Bishop Anderson House provides a board certified chaplain to the patients and families at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. Chaplain Micheal Smith supports patients and families in the trauma, burn and ICU units. Chaplain Rose Cicero supports patients and families on the women and children units.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
People with HIV/AIDS

As hospital staff and caregivers are stretched more and more, Bishop Anderson House is promoting spirituality & wellness to prevent staff burnout. Bishop Anderson House has long supported health care workers, from sharing prayer shawls and Teddy Bears with nurses to offering educational opportunities to physicians and students.

We host regular self-care events at Project Connect, Cook County Hospital System, featuring meditation and stretching practices as well as yoga, massage and tai chi. Our memorial services for Project Connect staff provide a safe and comforting place where health care workers facing the hardest challenges can “unpack” their deepest concerns. These stress-busters lead to better patient care because staff knows that they, too, are cared for.

Population(s) Served
Emergency responders

As healers and caregivers, we are committed to continue our work dismantling racism and discrimination wherever we find it and to foster and protect the dignity and worth of every human being. Until healthcare providers, spiritual care givers and community unite in our efforts and take direct responsibility in dismantling healthcare disparities and our own unconscious biases these injustices will never end. Community Chaplain Ebony Only is creating relationships with congregations and businesses on the near West Side of Chicago as well as other organizations to provide spiritual care, resiliency training and support for clergy and community.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Caregivers
Interfaith groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Professional chaplaincy for patients and families at Stroger Cook County Hospital; volunteer spiritual care visitor training for lay people wanting to learn the art of spiritual care; self-care for staff in the Illinois Medical District since research shows that staff satisfaction increases patient satisfaction scores.

We are working to develop a hybrid version of our spiritual care visitor training program where part of the class is done live in real time face-to-face and then the rest of the course can be done online.

We have a great network within the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago and the Chicago Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Next steps are to grow more ecumenical and interfaith relationships to strengthen our impact.

Our spiritual care visitor training program is celebrating 25 years in 2017 and we hope to take it even further with changes in technology to make it more accessible to those in rural areas. We also hope to have more chaplains supporting the patients and families at Stroger Cook County Hospital in the near future.

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Bishop Anderson Foundation

Board of directors
as of 02/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Nancy Flowers

Northshore University Health System

Term: 2019 - 2025


Board co-chair

Rev. David W. Watkins, III

McCormick Theological Seminary

Term: 2020 - 2023

Linda McMillan

Baxter International (retired)

Crystal Plummer

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

John Schumacher

Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care (retired)

Marilyn Barnes

Virginia Commonwealth University

Yaacov Dvorin

Rainbow Hospice & Palliative Care

Daryce Nolan

Deacon, Episcopal Church

Jamie Pruett

James Drury Partners

Christy Howard-Steele

Rush University Medical Center

Carlos Olvera

Rush University Medical Center

Nathaniel Powell

Rush University Medical Center

Gary Schaffel

Forward Focus Concierge Medicine

Jasmin Taylor

Trinity United Church of Christ

Anna Stefaniak

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago

Mary Kay Tobin

Rush University Medical Center (retired)