A message from Advocate Children’s Hospital President Mike Farrell

These are unprecedented times in health care. In the past couple of months, this pandemic has taken us into uncharted waters. COVID-19 is even affecting children in new ways. But I am so proud of the way Advocate Children’s Hospital and hospitals across Advocate Aurora Health have responded in caring for those who are COVID-19 positive. We celebrate the thousands of patients who have been discharged after winning the fight.

In return, we have received a phenomenal outpouring of support from our communities. The generosity we have witnessed has also been unprecedented and we are so thankful for it.

One thing is for certain. The pandemic has put a spotlight on those in health care. The world is fully recognizing the contributions and courage of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and other clinicians who are on the frontlines of fighting the COVID battle. Their colleagues in areas like environmental services, food and nutrition, security, spiritual care and information services, to name just a few, should receive similar accolades for their dedication to our patients and families. Going to work every day has not been easy, but the collaboration has been outstanding. It has taken everyone’s unwavering commitment to quality and safety to ensure each patient is getting exceptional care.

At Advocate Children’s Hospital we have treated COVID-positive children. But one blessing of the virus is that children have not been impacted as badly as adults. Because of that, many of our pediatric providers and professionals have stepped up to assist at our adult hospitals. Their courage and commitment have been admirable. They are truly living the mission that prompts careers in health care.

These have been difficult times. We will get through them. As health care providers, we thank you for helping us flatten the curve by staying home, wearing masks and social distancing. It has made a difference. We truly are in this together.

If you’d like to hear directly from me and Dr. Frank Belmonte, CMO, about Advocate Children’s Hospital and the latest COVID-19 updates, please join our investor’s call on Tuesday, May 12, at 1 p.m. Dial (630) 556-1696, then 422378879#.

Mike Farrell
President, Advocate Aurora Children’s Health
President, Chicagoland Children’s Health Alliance