St. Vincent Healthcare Honors Lives of Patients Lost Due to COVID-19
Billings, MT - Since the first case of the novel coronavirus presented itself in Montana last spring, our state has seen the tragic loss of nearly 1,200 Montanans and over 90,000 cases. Those who have passed away from the virus were husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, friends and much more -- all who touched the lives of many.
On February 2, 2021, St. Vincent Healthcare held a Festival of Lights Prayer Service to honor and remember the nearly 200 lives we have lost due to COVID-19 within the walls of our hospital. The service recognized our caregivers who are fulfilling our mission to serve the poor and vulnerable -- even when they themselves may have felt poor and vulnerable at times, and to provide hope for our community as we look to the future and celebrate all who have recovered from the novel coronavirus.
Bishop Michael Warfel of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings provided a prayer of invocation and a blessing of the candles of faith, hope and love during the service.
“Since COVID-19’s spread to our community last spring, nearly 200 families have had to say goodbye to their loved ones in a hospital room at St. Vincent,” said St. Vincent and SCL Health Montana President, Steve Loveless. “During this time of such grief and sorrow, we are reminded that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves and are called to serve in ways that surpass anything we can do alone. As we honor the lives of those we have lost through the pandemic, our mission has never felt more vital as we continue to reveal and foster God’s healing love to all those we serve.”
White flags were displayed on the front lawn of St. Vincent Healthcare to commemorate the lives of our patients who have passed away from COVID-19 while hospitalized at St. Vincent.
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SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.