To the Editor:
As pillars of their communities, hospitals are driven by their mission to provide quality care with compassion to all who need it. Hospitals combine human compassion with state-of-the-art technology to provide around-the-clock care to their neighbors, from newborns to the elderly, through all the stages of life. This week, May 12 through 18, we celebrate our hospitals and their longstanding tradition and commitment to caring for those in need and providing vital public health resources.
People visit our region’s hospitals more than 20 million times a year. Hospitals in Chicagoland have some of the leading specialists in cancer, heart, trauma and rehabilitation care – making world-class health care available right in our backyard!
Our local hospitals directly and indirectly employ 350,000 people and provide billions of dollars in community and economic benefits to the region each year. Hospitals give back to their communities every day, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. This week, we offer our deepest thanks to these life-saving nurses, doctors, medical technicians and all who work in our member institutions and elsewhere. You do incredible work on a daily basis – providing care and comfort at a time when we need it most.
President and CEO of the Metropolitan Chicago Healthcare Council