Strengthening Spiritual Care at Children’s Nebraska: Ludacka Family Honored as Donors to the Pastoral and Spiritual Care Endowed Chair

Spiritual Care

Funds will support training and continued education for chaplain staff and updates to Children’s chapel for patients and families

Ludacka Family Honored as Doners to the Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Pictured left to right: Teresa Bednar, Paul Ludacka, Sarah Ludacka and Bob Bednar.

Children’s Nebraska, alongside Ludacka Wealth Partners, honored Omaha community members Paul and Sarah Ludacka, as well as their children Jacob, William, Ellie Mae, Luke and Joshua, as spiritual donors to the Endowed Chair in Pastoral and Spiritual Care on Oct. 17. The Ludacka’s generous gift of $250,000 will support the hospital’s Pastoral and Spiritual Care team and interfaith chapel for patients and families.

Children’s Nebraska’s clinically trained Pastoral and Spiritual Care staff is available 24/7 to respond to spiritual, religious or emotional challenges that patients and families may experience during a hospitalization. The interfaith chapel is open around the clock and offers a quiet, sacred place to foster prayer and spiritual reflection, regardless of faith or background. Resources such as sacred texts, devotional materials for adults and children, rosaries, prayer rugs and a community prayer box are available.

Sarah Ludacka and Paul Ludacka
Pictured left to right: Sarah Ludacka and Paul Ludacka.

“Children’s Nebraska will forever hold a special place in my heart,” said Sarah Ludacka. “Since I was a young girl, all I wanted to be was a mom and a neonatal nurse. I had the privilege of being a neonatal nurse at Children’s for 13 years, where I witnessed miracles happening every single day. I love babies and I love Children’s Nebraska. It is a blessing and honor to make this gift.”

“Sarah and I believe, ‘we have been blessed to be a blessing.’ We love the Lord, and we love Children’s Nebraska,” added Paul Ludacka. “Children’s Nebraska is a bright light in this world and its doctors, nurses, administrators and volunteers are beacons of hope, strength and support for countless families in our community. God bless Children’s Nebraska and the amazing men and women who work there. They truly make the impossible possible!”

“Children’s Nebraska will forever hold a special place in my heart,” said Sarah Ludacka. “Since I was a young girl, all I wanted to be was a mom and a neonatal nurse. I had the privilege of being a neonatal nurse at Children’s for 13 years, where I witnessed miracles happening every single day. I love babies and I love Children’s Nebraska. It is a blessing and honor to make this gift.”

“Sarah and I believe, ‘we have been blessed to be a blessing.’ We love the Lord, and we love Children’s Nebraska,” added Paul Ludacka. “Children’s Nebraska is a bright light in this world and its doctors, nurses, administrators and volunteers are beacons of hope, strength and support for countless families in our community. God bless Children’s Nebraska and the amazing men and women who work there. They truly make the impossible possible!”

The Ludacka family’s gift will help provide training and continued education support for the Spiritual Care team, as well as updates to the chapel, including bibles for adults and children, floral arrangements and child-friendly furniture. Their gift will also support a Godly play program for children at our hospital.

“It’s the generosity of families like the Ludackas that help us provide the very best resources and support to patients and families throughout their entire journey at Children’s,” said Yulia Kazakova, Supervisor of Pastoral Care. “We’re grateful for this gift and look forward to seeing the positive impact it will have on our team and the patients and families we have the privilege of serving.”

Learn More About Children’s Pastoral Care Team

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