Norwegian American Hospital Opens Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site
With support from Governor Pritzker and community partners, Norwegian launched a community drive-through COVID-19 testing site in late April that has received an overwhelming community response, now completing more than 500 tests per week.
Although positivity rates in Chicago and Illinois have decreased significantly in recent weeks, the Humboldt Park community consistently has positivity rates three to four times as high as the state average.
2020 Power of Community Virtual Gala - Success!
Thank you to our honorees:
Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, City of Chicago
Luis A. Miranda Jr., Founding President, Hispanic Federation
David Doebler, President and General Manager, NBC 5/Telemundo Chicago
Norwegian American Hospital Front-Line Healthcare Workers
Please note: the program starts at minute 30:00
Thanks to our donors, sponsors, and friends, our first Virtual Gala was a success! Our community helped us raised more than $350,000 for the Norwegian American Hospital COVID-19 Response Fund.
While we were not physically together on June 17, the energy and support was felt across the internet.
Proceeds will fund much-needed supplies, technology, and personal protective equipment for our front-line healthcare workers who have been caring for our patients throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ever since I came to Norwegian American Hospital in October 2010, we have worked to build and sustain our relationships with the communities we serve. This is why our theme remains
“The Power of Community.”
The Norwegian American Hospital Foundation, with the support of many donors and grantors, has brought us the phenomenally successful Care-A-Van, which has traveled to hundreds of schools, day cares, and organizations in the community, providing free health services to thousands of children and young people in communities where access to healthcare is challenging.
Now, while continuing to support mobile health, our focus is widening to diabetes, which is an epidemic in our communities. Although 40% of the people admitted to our hospital have diabetes and half of adults in our primary service area are at high risk of getting this disease, we lack a sufficient safety net of outreach, education and clinical care to prevent and treat diabetes.
José R. Sánchez
President & CEO
Norwegian American Hospital