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Hands of healers blessed at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital

Laura Howard, unit secretary in emergency services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, has her hands blessed by staff Chaplain Lynn Kumis on Wednesday.
Laura Howard, unit secretary in emergency services at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, has her hands blessed by staff Chaplain Lynn Kumis on Wednesday.
Blessing of the hands at Adventist Hinsdale: 5 photos

HINSDALE – It takes a special set of hands to work in a hospital, and not just the kind that excel at Milton Bradley's Operation.

To help Adventist Hinsdale Hospital staff members spiritually, Staff Chaplain Lynn Kumis set out on Wednesday to anoint the hands with blessed oil and say a prayer for members in each unit.

The blessing of hands is open to all faiths.

"We do blessing of the hands every year and it occurs during [National] Nurses Week,” Kumis said. “It's a way for us to not only honor our staff of nurses, but all other team members."

Kumis began to make her rounds that morning to each unit as she has done so for the past eight years during National Nurses Week.

The first stop was the emergency room. Immediately upon entering, doctors, nurses and secretaries rushed to Kumis for the blessing. To start, Kumis asks someone to be the leader – the one responsible for reading select passages of prayer.

Then, Kumis blessed each staff members' hands by anointing them with oil and dabbing the palms and backside of their hands.

"We don't call ahead, we just show up and then in the afternoon I'll try to get other shifts again,” Kumis said. "This goes around the clock so we try to get all the shifts and all the staff."

Kumis said the blessing is all day because of the hectic schedule units can suddenly experience at any time in a hospital setting.

After many years of blessings, Kumis said she keeps going because of the excitement of the staff.

"The reaction of the staff, how they all ran up to us and held their hands out ... it's just wonderful," she said.

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