Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s Ewe Memorial Chapel is
appropriately located in the heart of a bustling medical complex, said Verlyn
Hemmen, director of Spiritual Care at Abbott Northwestern.
“For many people, the heart of healing is centeredness
and focused spirituality,” he added, noting that the chapel is really the only
space in the hospital that lends itself to quiet reflection, especially for
patients and families dealing with illness and the anxiety and fear that can go
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is seeking charitable support to
renovate the chapel space and create a new Prayer and Reflection Center. The
chapel was originally built in the 1980s with a generous gift from the late
Caroline Ewe. When it was designed, it was intended for the Christian
tradition. “Our goal is to create a space that better serves and welcomes an
increasingly diverse community of patients, families and employees,” said Hemmen.
The new Prayer and Reflection Center will offer a more light-filled, welcoming
environment. It will also provide more options for individual and small group
use, while remaining flexible enough for Catholic mass and other forms of
“This is a space with a vital, meaningful purpose for our patients, families
and employees,” said Dawn Fish, senior development officer, Abbott Northwestern
Hospital Foundation. “Through donations, we can update the space to have
meaning for everyone who walks through our doors.”
Contact Dawn Fish at 612-863-9353 or email to learn more or make a gift.
Rendering of new prayer and reflection center