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Sacred Heart HealthCare System is committed to serving our senior population by providing a comprehensive continuum of care. We are also dedicated to providing programs and resources for caregivers to the elderly. To meet the needs of seniors and caregivers,... more.
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Edmund J. Klimek
Edmund J. Klimek Edmund J. Klimek Edmund J. Klimek Edmund J. Klimek Klimek became a priest chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. His appointment coincided with the beginning of the pastoral care movement in Catholic health care. He became deeply involved at the state and national levels in promoting chaplaincy work to ensure the hospital chaplain is viewed as an integral part of the health care team. In 1972, he created the Pastoral Care Department at Sacred Heart. He was a passionate advocate for the Sisters and helped to ensure their recognition as chaplains by the newly formed National Association of Catholic Chaplains. Crossing lines of faith, he worked with non-Catholic patients and their pastors, extending an ecumenical ministry that served the entire hospital population. To further that work, he developed the Night Chaplaincy program in 1974, bringing together clergy members from 30 different denominations to care for patients and families. Klimek developed the Triniteam, an outreach program that now extends to those in prison. In 1977, he developed a cancer residency program for clergy, a three-day training program held twice a year for clergy of all faiths to improve counseling services to cancer patients. Klimek lead the creation of "The Healing Place," Sacred Heart's free grief and bereavement center. Over his 45 years in hospital ministry, he has been at the bedside of thousands of patients at the moment of death. He readily says that he feels most needed when he journeys with the dying patient. Daily he touches the lives of vulnerable individuals who come to him with personal concerns and problems. He offers compassion to patients, families, hospital staff, physicians and community members alike. Klimek turned their lives around by offering a listening ear and heart. Through his generosity of spirit, he brings respite to the suffering, dignity to the disenfranchised and hope for the terminally ill and their families, ever mindful of doing so with the utmost fidelity to the mission of Jesus.
WEAU - Father Klimek - Headlines
Father Klimek Father Klimek laid to rest (9/5/13) EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The life of a man known as "father" was celebrated Thursday when hundreds gathered to say â€˜goodbye.; Father Edmund Klimek passed away last Wednesday at the age of 85. Father Klimek's final resting place is at the Calvary Cemetery in Eau Claire. â€œIt's just an honor to be part of having the whole celebration of life for Father Klimek,â€ Linda Velie, catering director at Florian Gardens said. Father Klimek received many accolades on a local, state, and national level during his lifetime. He grew up on a farm in Arcadia, and graduated from St. Aloysius Grade School. He entered St. Francis Minor Seminary at age 15. In the fall of 1947, he went to St. Francis Major Seminary to receive philosophical and theological training. About six years later, Father Klimek was ordained to the priesthood at La Crosse Holy Cross Seminary. Among his early assignments were assistant at St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, instructor and athletic director at Assumption High School in Wisconsin Rapids, administrator of Holy Rosary Parish at Sigel, and Pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Independence. He oversaw the building of a new $500,000 elementary school for SS. In 1969, Father Klimek was appointed administrator of St. Bridget's Parish in Springfield, and Chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire. At the hospital, he created the Department of Pastoral Care, and appointed its Director. He once said that it "should be a bridge between the hospital and the patient's church. He held that role for nine years before resigning and becoming Senior Priest Chaplain. Father Klimek was appointed Diocesan Coordinator of Health Affairs for the Diocese of La Crosse in 1972. Thirteen years later, he and the late Father Lawrence Dunklee started serving as co-coordinators for the diocese, and continued until Father Dunklee died in 2011. Father Klimek resigned from the appointment later that year. In 1989, Father Klimek Helped to develop Sacred Heart's bereavement center, The Healing Place. It provides an outreach service for the community in helping those who have lost loved ones. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Klimek "Monsignor," a member of the Papal Household, in 2005. In June of this year, Father Klimek was honored with the Catholic Health Association's "Lifetime Achievement Award," which is typically reserved for influential Catholic health care executives. He recently marked 60 years as a priest, and 45 at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Among those who offer hope every day is Father Edmund Klimek, a priest who lives on-site.
In 2007, he celebrates 39 years of pastoral care ministry at Sacred Heart Hospital. For 37 of those years, he was simply known as "Father Klimek" until Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the Papal Honor of "Chaplain to His Holiness" with the title "Monsignor. Not even the Pope was able to change several generations of tradition, as most people still request to see "Father Klimek." Following Christ's example, Father Klimek continues to faithfully serve the sick at Sacred Heart Hospital. He frequently walks the halls and is always ready to go above and beyond what is required or expected. For some families, Father Klimek has ministered to three and four generations. He quietly goes about his work with joy, and his respect for the dignity of every human life is evident to patients, their families, and hospital staff. With a glint in his eye, he says, "No matter where we work at Sacred Heart Hospital, we're all a part of a team. Every level of our care, from Maintenance to Maternity to Medical Records, is rooted in the belief that every person is a treasure, every life a sacred gift, every human being a unity of body, mind, and spirit." Father Klimek truly sees the face of Jesus in those he serves. Reflecting on the work of a pastoral care chaplain, he commented, "It is more than tossing a rope down into a well to help someone out. It's actually climbing down there and being present with them. It's loving and being with people in the best of times and the worst, always being able to see Christ in them, treating them as Christ, and seeing great dignity in each individual. Sometimes pastoral care is not just his words. He once sat quietly in the corner of a room as a grief-stricken husband wailed and yelled and pounded the floor for 45 minutes after the death of his young wife. Father Klimek knew that what this man needed was silence, presence, and unconditional acceptance of this style of grieving.
Sacred Heart Hospitalâ€™s senior chaplain, Father Edmund Klimek received the Red Cross Healthcare Hero Award.Â The award marked 38 years of ministry at the hospital.Â
Sacred Heart Hospitalâ€™s senior chaplain, Father Edmund Klimek, received the papal honor of Monsignor.
Eau Claire, Wis. â€" Sacred Heart Hospitalâ€™s long-time chaplains, Father Edmund Klimek and Father Lawrence Dunklee, have reason to celebrate this May as they both mark major milestone anniversaries of their priestly ordination.
Father Klimek, Sacred Heart Hospitalâ€™s Senior Chaplain, will celebrate his 55th anniversary of ordination on May 16. Father Klimek, a native of Arcadia, Wisconsin, attended St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee. He was ordained by Bishop John Treacy on May 16, 1953, at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse. Father celebrated his first Mass on May 24, 1953, in Arcadia. Fatherâ€™s assignments before coming to Sacred Heart Hospital in June 1968 included assistant pastor at St. Lawrence Parish in Wisconsin Rapids, religion and sociology instructor at Assumption High School, and pastor at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Independence. He also has served on the Dioceseâ€™s College of Consultors, Clergy Personnel Council, Dean of the Eau Claire Deanery. Father Klimek is currently a member of the Presbyteral Council. He was elevated to the status of Monsignor in November of 2005. Father Klimek and Father Dunklee also share responsibilities as the Bishopâ€™s Liaisons for Health Affairs for the Diocese of La Crosse.