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2005: International Spirit at Work Award
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International Spirit at Work Award


Winfield, Ill., October 14, 2005 – Central DuPage Hospital has been named recipient of the 2005 International Spirit at Work Award from the International Spirit at Work (ISAW) Organization, the only global organization dedicated to honoring companies that have implemented explicit spiritual practices, policies or programs within their businesses.  Rod Accardi, D. Min., director of spiritual care resources at CDH, will accept the award on behalf of CDH at a ceremony on October 21, 2005 at the Princeton Club, New York, N.Y.

“We are honored by this recognition of the value we place on nurturing the spiritual care of our employees,” said Luke McGuinness, president and chief executive officer of Central DuPage Hospital. 

Central DuPage Hospital is being recognized by ISAW for infusing spirituality throughout the workforce by incorporating four spiritual care programs into the day-to-day operational structure of its organization.  These include:

  • Spiritual Journeying at Work Council, created to plan, implement and evaluate spiritual enrichment and education programs for employees. 
  • All employees have the opportunity to become Spiritual Resource Liaisons, who work with fellow employees to accompany others, discern the spiritual significance of their life stories and link spiritual needs with spiritual resources.
  • Liaisons are prepared for this work through the Silent Lamp Program, an educational forum of intensive self-reflection and group interaction.
  • A comprehensive Spiritual Portal, or interactive intranet website, available at all employee workstations.

“We hold the vision that all who encounter Central DuPage Health experience spiritual nourishment and strength for the ongoing journey to optimal health and well-being.  At CDH we promote the quest and process of discovering the deepest meaning and purpose in our lives, and reflect that meaning in our actions and behaviors at work,” said Chaplain Accardi. 

The 2005 ISAW Award will be presented to nine companies from Asia, Europe and the United States.  In the past four years, 31 organizations from 10 countries have received the award.

Central DuPage Hospital is a nationally recognized, 361-bed facility located in Winfield, Ill., a suburb of Chicago.  The hospital is a leading center for surgical innovations and was one of the first institutions in the nation to offer minimally invasive heart surgery, as well as a new procedure for back surgeries that uses bio-engineered bone protein.

Central DuPage Hospital is part of Central DuPage Health, a network including convenient care centers, occupational health services, and a full range of options for senior living, home health, and hospice care. For additional information, please visit www.cdh.org.