Sunday, 19 December 2010 09:30

HSHS unveils system-wide logo for hospitals

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hshs-new-logoHospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) — a multi-institutional health care system that sponsors 13 hospitals in 12 communities across Illinois and Wisconsin and an integrated physician network — unveiled its new logo early this month.

The logo is meant to demonstrate a bond as part of a united, strong and viable health care system, according to a news release from St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. It is the first time all the hospitals will use the same logo and the same typeface in their individual logos.

The logo design incorporates a traditional religious symbol into a contemporary design. It features a stylized version of the Tau, a letter of the Greek alphabet that is the symbol of the religious order founded by St. Francis of Assisi.

Bob Ritz, president and CEO of St. John’s Hospital, said the new logo reflects the Catholic heritage of his hospital and also the evolution of the hospital as it works to better serve the health care needs of the Springfield community. He said the logo shows a “promise to our community — of our commitment to provide nothing short of exceptional care.”

Kevin F. Kast, president and CEO of St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur, said the logo reflects a “commitment to remain an important part of the healing ministry of the church.”

“The use of a common logo for all 13 HSHS-affiliated hospitals communicates the strength of our hospital system and the value it brings to our patients,” said Dave Olejniczak, chief operating officer of St. John’s. “Just as we are connected with a common symbol, the hospitals of HSHS are also united in our commitment for the future — to work together, sharing our expertise, technology and resources to make health care better for all people.”

HSHS is a healing ministry guided by the historic mission of the Hospital Sisters of the St. Francis and has five hospitals in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. In addition to St. John’s and St. Mary’s, HSHS sponsors St. Anthony’s Hospital in Effingham; St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield; and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Highland.