December 2017

Norwegian American Hospital Foundation Newsletter

Norwegian Doctors and Nurses Volunteer in Aftermath of 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.

According to NAH nurse manager, Ana Favela, a member of the first medical mission, the top three diagnoses were diabetes, high blood pressure, and thyroid problems, followed by neck, shoulder and back pain, and skin disorders.

“The little bit of help we brought made a difference to them – and it certainly made a difference in my life.” – Ana Favela, RN


Samir Shahen, MD


Nanettte Acevedo, RN

The first team of doctors and nurses traveled November 8 – 15, 2017 and visited three small towns – Orocovis, Toa Baja, and Areciso Miraflores — where they saw more than 325 patients, including two dozen who were home-bound. 

The second group, traveling November 29- December 6, 2017, saw even more patients in Salinas, Bayamon, and Fajardo.

We are proud of our NAH doctors and nurses who participated in the two missions:  Dr. Samir Shahen, Dr. Qaiser Jamal, Dr. Emanuel Favela, and nurses Ana Favela, Nanette Acevedo, Mila Bendyk, Cindy Garcia, Richard Diaz, and Adam Lindstrom.

Special thanks to the Hispanic Federation and the UNIDOS Disaster Relief and Recovery Program for their generous grant to support the medical missions; to our NAH colleagues who donated PTO (paid time off) to the Hurricane Relief Fund; and to our partners, the National Association of Hispanic Nurses-Illinois Chapter, Army of the Kind, New Life Covenant Church, and the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture for their collaboration and support.

Photo credit: Amanda Bentiné

Save the Date! 2018 Power of Community Benefit

4th Annual Power of Community Benefit

Thursday, June 21, 2018
6:00 – 10:00 pm
The Union League Club of Chicago
65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago

Invitation to follow.


Norwegian American Hospital nurse Earns Doctorate

Congratulations to Gabrielle Sauder, MSN, BSN, PNP-BC, Director of the pediatric Care-A-Van for Norwegian American Hospital, who just completed coursework for her Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree, the highest degree for clinical nursing practice.  Fewer than one percent of nurses in the US have earned this degree.

Gabrielle (at left in photo) is a highly regarded and innovative leader at NAH and widely recognized in her field.  Under her direction, the Care-A-Van mobile services program has grown and expanded, recently receiving the prestigious 2017 American Hospital Association NOVA award.

In 2016, Gabrielle was named one of 40 Under 40 Emerging Nurse Leaders by the Illinois Nurses Foundation.


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