image.jpgIllness and injury remind us of how fragile life can be.

Illness and injury remind us of how fragile life can be. This heightened awareness often compels people to seek a quiet place for reflection or prayer. Clinton Memorial Hospital in St. Johns recently created such a space: an interfaith meditation room.

“Our intent is to offer patients, visitors and employees a safe haven for healing of the mind, body and spirit – a goal which reflects the hospital’s ongoing commitment to meet the needs of our community,” said Clinton Memorial Hospital President and CEO Ed Bruun at the Dec. 10 open house celebrating completion of the project.

Joining Bruun to cut the ribbon and officially open the new CMH Meditation Room to the public were Rev. Matt Olson, St. Johns Ministerial Association; Dr. Dave Minnick, CMH Chief of Staff and Board of Directors; and Dave Hunt, CMH Board of Directors Chairman.

Conveniently located on the first floor of the hospital in a quiet hallway by the Medical Records Department, the new Meditation Room provides a tranquil sanctuary for contemplative thought, worship and prayer. Available 24-hours a day, this room also can be used for visits with clergy and private conversations between family and medical staff.
The Meditation Room’s design is based on a Spanish Mission theme with a calming water feature, inviting arches, vibrant stained glass and comfortable seating. Its focal point, a large stained glass panel, was created by Jack Hagerman, CMH Manager of Plant Operations, and his wife, Barbara.

Hagerman also serves as a member of the CMH Meditation Room Committee, a group that has played a pivotal role in development of the project. Other committee members include Pete Shannon, CMH Foundation Director; Pat Quigley, CMH Medical Staff Administrative Assistant; Chris Hamilton, CMH Administration Administrative Assistant, Dr. Dave Minnick, CMH Chief of Staff; Cathy Hallead, CMH Vice President of Patient Care Services; and Nan Simons, CMH Community Relations Director. Committee members diligently met twice a month for more than 12 months, sharing ideas, pooling resources and networking with key stakeholders in the hospital and its surrounding communities.

CMH Meditation Room Committee members Nan Simons, left, Chris Hamilton, Pat Quigley, Pete Shannon, Cathy Hallead, Barb and Jack Hagerman and Dr. Dave Minnick take a moment to commemorate their role during the Dec. 10 open house festivities.

This project traces its roots back to November 2008 when CMH Physicians generously donated their medical staff lounge to build a sanctuary. The Clinton Memorial Hospital Foundation launched a fundraising campaign in May 2009. Major project donors include Clinton Memorial Hospital Physicians, Board Members, Leadership and Associates; Mid-State Construction; Clinton Memorial Hospital Auxiliary; St. Johns Kiwanis Club 707; Becker Furniture of Fowler; Lansing Radiology Associates; St. Johns Ministerial Association; First Baptist Church of St. Johns and St. Joseph Catholic Church of St. Johns.

For more information about funding this project or making a contribution in support of Clinton Memorial Hospital, please call the CMH Foundation at 989.227.3396
Clinton Memorial Hospital, a division of Sparrow Health System, is a 25-bed, community-based hospital with a more than 80-year history of providing quality healthcare services to the people of Clinton County and its surrounding communities. To learn more about the hospital, visit or call 1.800.SPARROW.

With help from Clinton Memorial Hospital Meditation Room Committee Members Pat Quigley, left, and Jack Hagerman, far right, Rev. Matt Olson, St. Johns Ministerial Association (left to right); Ed Bruun, CMH President and CEO; Dr. Dave Minnick, CMH Chief of Staff; and Dave Hunt, CMH Board of Directors Chairman, cut the ribbon to open the hospital’s new Meditation Room.

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Last Modified: December 23, 2009