All hospitals will host a moment of silence and illuminate hospitals in blue light
Advocate Aurora Health – along with other health systems across the nation – will join President-elect Joe Biden in a national remembrance ceremony on Tues., Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m. local time to honor American lives affected by COVID-19 and to express heartfelt gratitude for all health care heroes. As part of the national moment of unity and remembrance, all Advocate Aurora hospitals, including Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital in Barrington, will be illuminated blue and participate in a moment of silence for 19 seconds.
“We are joining in this national ceremony to honor those who left us much too soon,” says Reverend Kathie Bender Schwich, chief spiritual officer at Advocate Aurora Health. “We offer our prayers for the loved ones who grieve their loss, for survivors as they continue on their healing journey and for our health care workers whose compassionate care and heroic efforts give us comfort and hope.”
Since May 2020, all Advocate Aurora Health hospitals have paused on the 19th day of each month at 10:19 a.m. to observe a moment of silence for 19 seconds. In November, each hospital across the Advocate Aurora system installed its own permanent and unique healing garden or a marker to honor patients, families and communities who fought and are still fighting COVID-19. The newly dedicated spaces serve as a tranquil place year-round where patients, visitors and team members can come to be strengthened, seek courage, and find peace.
About Advocate Aurora Safe Care Promise
Health and safety is Advocate’s highest priority. The Advocate Aurora Safe Care Promise provides additional measures to protect patients and their team members. In person or online, they are here to ensure safe, comfortable and convenient care, and have taken additional measures to protect patients and their families including:
- Masking– Ensuring anyone who enters our locations is wearing a procedure or cloth mask. If they don’t have one, we’ll gladly provide it.
- Screening– Taking the temperature and asking questions about symptoms and exposure to everyone who enters our locations.
- Social distancing– Rearranging our waiting areas and staggering appointment times to reduce traffic and create safe spaces.
- Virtual check-in– Facilitating check-ins with digital devices for seamless, low-contact arrivals.
- Enhanced Cleaning – Adding additional cleaning precautions in all areas and added handwashing/sanitizer stations.<1.1/li>
About Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
Located at 450 W. Highway 22 in Barrington, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital is one of 12 hospitals that are part of Advocate Aurora Health, the 10th largest not-for-profit, integrated health system in the United States. With 176 beds, Good Shepherd Hospital is the workplace of 1,590 team members including 530 nurses and 770 physicians in 62 specialities. In 2017, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital completed a four-year modernization project to ensure health care delivery remains outstanding and attuned to the evolving needs of the community. Learn more at AdvocateHealth.com/gshp.