Catholic hospitals take stock following shooting at Mercy Hospital in Chicago

The morning after a gunman killed a doctor, a pharmacy resident and a Chicago police officer at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center, more than 300 members of the hospital staff gathered for a Mass celebrated by Bishop Joseph Perry.

Pastoral care staff and counselors working with the employee assistance program checked in with employees who were not at work the following day, and met one-on-one and in groups with those who were, said John Hardt, regional vice president for mission integration for Trinity Health Illinois, which owns Mercy Hospital.

Trinity is one of the largest Catholic healthcare systems in the United States, with 94 hospitals and more than 100 other facilities. In the Chicago area, it operates Mercy and Loyola Medicine.
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'He was a hero': Fellow officers mourn Chicago cop slain in hospital shooting

The mayor of Chicago, governor of Illinois and a sea of uniformed officers were among those who gathered on a cold, snowy Monday for the funeral for a young Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty.

Cardinal Blase Cupich will be the main celebrant for the funeral of slain Chicago Police Officer Samuel Jimenez, and Des Plaines police are anticipating heavy traffic for both the Sunday wake and Monday funeral procession in their city.

The wake will be from 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, at Oehler Funeral Home, 2099 Miner St., Des Plaines. Jimenez's funeral will be 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, in the St. Joseph Chapel at Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine on the Maryville Academy campus, 1170 N. River Road, Des Plaines. Archdiocese of Chicago officials said Jimenez regularly attended Mass at the shrine with his family.
Jimenez is survived by his wife and three children. Johnson vowed to always be there for them, "from birthday to graduations."

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