A compassionate gift to the Norwegian American Hospital Foundation improves access to essential healthcare services for some of Chicago’s most medically disadvantaged areas
November 2017 - Norwegian Doctors and Nurses Volunteer in Aftermath Hurricane Maria
More than two full months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, many parts of the island remain without reliable electricity, clean water, fuel, or food.
In November, thanks to our generous donors and colleagues, Norwegian American Hospital (NAH) sent two teams of doctors and nurses – along with twelve suitcases-full of medicine and medical supplies — to Puerto Rico to supplement the ongoing need for medical attention on the island.
Watch our video on the impact our Mobile Services program has had on Chicago’s West Side community
Norwegian American Hospital’s Pediatric Care-A-Van is breaking down the barriers that contribute to the lack of healthcare in children who may not have health insurance or a permanent medical provider. Health screenings include school and sports physicals, immunizations, hearing/vision tests, diabetes screenings, and sexual/reproductive counseling. When potential health problems are found, the appropriate referrals are made so children and young people can get proper treatment.
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