Hospital sunsetThe Future of Sherman blog has done a wonderful job getting the word out about the beautiful facility at 1425 N Randall Rd. But the new Sherman Hospital has now been open 6 months, so it’s time to bid adieu to the Future Of blog. But we need to give such a great ally an appropriate sendoff, so here are the Top 10 Future of Sherman Blog Posts, in terms of web traffic.

  1. Photo Recap: 10 Images of Move-In Day
  2. Four Fantastic Aerial Photos
  3. Seven Interior Photos of the New Hospital
  4. Update: Community Open House Celebration
  5. Eight Aerial Photos of the New Hospital
  6. Complete Details on the New Hospital
  7. Geothermal Energy: How Does It Work?
  8. Four New Exterior Photos of the New Hospital
  9. A Springtime Walk Around the Geothermal Lake
  10. The Future of Sherman Health’s New Café

But don’t worry, we’re still blogging elsewhere! Visit these sites and blogs to keep up with health news, tips, community events, and Sherman news:


The new Sherman Hospital’s cafe not only has a great selection of food, but also a great atmosphere to enjoy it in. At the cafe you’ll enjoy the natural light that comes in from the large windows that overlook the geothermal lake, and now that it’s getting warmer out you can even dine al fresco right next to the lake.

Since we knew diners would spend a good deal of their meal looking out at the 15-acre lake, we thought we’d explain a few geothermal facts. And since geothermal technology is new to people, why not use an interesting new technology to help people learn more about it as they dine? So we have put QR Codes on table tents in the cafe.

What’s a QR Code, you might wonder? It’s a black and white image that works like a Bar Code with a smart phone. Using QR Code application, you can use your smartphone to take a picture of the QR Code, which will launch a web page in your smartphone’s browser. The QR Code on the Sherman cafe table tents takes you to a page that tells you more about the geothermal lake and how it works.

QR Codes are everywhere in Japan (on billboards, building signage, and even on fast food packaging), and they are a simple way to connect print with mobile technology. People scan QR Codes on building signage for a map of how to get somewhere within the building. They scan billboards for a link to coupons. They scan fast food packaging for nutrition information. QR Codes have just started showing up in the US recently, and use of them may spread as smartphones grow in popularity. For now, we decided to have fun with QR Codes to give our smartphone-using diners a new way to interact with the geothermal lake.

So if you have a smartphone, come by the Sherman cafe to check out how QR Codes work. Also, visit from your smartphone to see our new mobile site, which lets you view hospital floorplans, send an ecard to a patient, find a physician, and more.

James Jordan has photographed for Sherman Hospital in the past, but he recently snapped a photo of the new building across the geothermal lake on a whim, and was kind enough to share the shot with us on our Facebook page. Such kindness should be repaid, so we thought it’d be a good idea to talk to James about his background in photography and what equipment he used to get such a beautiful shot. Check out the entertaining interview below, but be warned: you may want to ditch your job and take up photography after reading!

Hospital sunset

Sherman at Sunset. Click the image for high-res options.

Sherman Health: You mentioned you captured the shot as part of the Elgin 1440 photography project. Can you explain what the project is?

James Jordan: Elgin 1440 is a community photography project sponsored by the Cultural Art Commission. Photographers are encouraged to use all 1,440 minutes in a day to capture a 24 hour period in the life of Elgin. Selected photos are displayed at the Hemmens. This year’s event – the fifth annual – was held on May 16, and the theme was “Iconic Elgin.” I had already been shooting since 5:00 that morning and was racking my brain trying to think of a place to shoot around sunset. My wife said, “What about Sherman Hospital?” Duh. Of course!

Sherman: How long have you been a photographer? Do you do it professionally? As a hobby? Read the rest of this entry »

pretty sunriseThe Sunrise Life Center is located near the main entrance of Sherman’s new Cancer Care Center. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the Sherman Auxiliary, it’s a peaceful and bright space where patients can get a much-needed morale boost. We recently sat down for a Q and A about what the Sunrise Life Center Offers.

Q: What is their mission?

A: The Sunrise Life Center, and services within, was developed to help individuals with cancer look good, improve their self-esteem, and manage their treatment and recovery with greater confidence.

Q: What is the Look Good, Feel Better program? Read the rest of this entry »

During Sherman’s Nurses Ceremony on the morning of May 5, the sun peeked through the clouds and illuminated the geothermal lake and the landscape beyond. After the ceremony concluded we took full advantage of the warm rays by walking the path that surrounds the lake. Here are 6 new photos of the walk.

The start of the walk - the view from the terrace

A sign describing the function of the geothermal lake

Signs like these teach you more about the hospital as you walk!

The start of the walk still had some dark cloud cover

View of the terrace from the other side

The sun fully emerged for the end of the walk!