Lutheran Hospital employees gathered to pray for divine guidance Monday just as a meeting was beginning hundreds of miles away that could provide new ownership for the entire Lutheran Health Network.
Motivated largely by Monday's News-Sentinel story about a local physicians' group proposed acquisition of the network from Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, employees met in the South Lobby at 3 p.m. to pray "for our hospitals, physicians and leaders" and that "God be our guide and we accept God's will for the good of all involved, patients and families first," according to an email sent by Victor Kolch, division director of pastoral care.
"We have a morning 'safety huddle' and (Kolch) offered a prayer based in large part on the story. It was uplifting, and we thought maybe he could do the same for a larger audience," explained hospital spokesman Geoff Thomas. "It was appreciated."
Employees unable to attend the gathering were invited to pray collectively or individually. The hospital was founded on Fairfield Avenue in 1904 by area Lutheran churches.
Monday's CHS board meeting in suburban Nashville reportedly yielded no agreement, but Lutheran CEO Brian Bauer remained in Tennessee Tuesday for further discussions.