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Howard Memorial Hospital Hosts its First Annual Prayer Breakfast


Date: February 26, 2013

Contact: Kristen McCallum
Marketing Specialist

Members of the Willits community came together on Thursday, February 7, the National Day of Prayer to celebrate at a Prayer Breakfast hosted by Frank R. Howard Memorial Hospital (HMH) at the Willits Community Center.

“The purpose of the HMH prayer breakfast was to bring together community and hospital leadership in a spirit of caring to support and pray for local, national and world leaders who carry the heavy burden of responsibility,” HMH Spiritual Care Director Dennis Long said. 

The National Prayer Breakfast was established in 1953 and has become an annual event. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with members of the Senate and House of Representatives, hosted the first Presidential Prayer Breakfast. What started as a simple idea of men and women meeting together for mutual encouragement and fellowship has spread to nearly 200 countries from every continent.

“This call to spiritual mobilization is essential, not in terms of labels or in terms of any particular institutions or organizations alone, but truly in terms of what God can do in the lives of men and women,” Long said. 

The Prayer Breakfast Program included prayers and inspirational thoughts from different faiths including Jewish, Buddhist, and Christian. A responsive reading was written by Roland Hulstein, Phoenix Hospice Spiritual Care Provider, and he led the guests in participating in a prayer for the community. Rick Bockmann, HMH CEO, presented Jann Lamprich with a Congressional Recognition Award for her 60 years of dedicated service to HMH, the Howard Foundation and the Willits community. Members of the city council, law enforcement, first responders, clergy, and Adventist Health leadership attended the breakfast. Live music was performed by Linda Posner, Certified Chaplain Volunteer, and the band The Bassics. Pastor Matthew Gamble, Mission Strategist for the Adventist Health Northern California Network, shared words of inspiration and reflection.

“This is just the beginning. Howard Memorial Hospital will continue to host an annual prayer breakfast held on the same day as the national prayer breakfast,” HMH CEO Rick Bockmann said.