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Adventist GlenOaks Hospital celebrates 30th anniversary
Media invited to cover event featuring artwork unveiling, employee recognition

Contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist 630-312-7508 Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Glendale Heights – Adventist GlenOaks Hospital will commemorate its 30th anniversary with a dedication and prayer service at noon Tuesday, March 9, at the hospital, 701 Winthrop Ave. The village of Glendale Heights is expected to adopt a proclamation declaring March 9, 2010, as “Adventist GlenOaks Hospital Day” in recognition of the hospital’s importance in the community.

“For 30 years, our hospital has provided quality medical care close to home,” said Brinsley Lewis, the hospital’s chief executive officer. “Reaching this important milestone gives us the opportunity to publicly honor our staff and physicians and thank the community for supporting Adventist GlenOaks Hospital. We look forward to a bright future and many more years of serving this community.”

A new work of art – the hospital’s mission statement, “Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ,” created on canvas by renowned local artist Timothy Botts – will be unveiled and several 30-year employees will be honored. The honored employees include Botts’ wife Nancy, a nurse in the hospital’s obstetric unit. The Botts live in Glen Ellyn.

Adventist GlenOaks Hospital opened as Glendale Heights Community Hospital on March 9, 1980, on a 15-acre parcel of land east of Glen Ellyn Road that once included the childhood home of Merle Reskin, a founding father of Glendale Heights.

“In the early 1970s there were no physicians practicing in Glendale Heights,” recalled Lewis, who has led the hospital since 1998. “Local leaders joined more than 200 community residents in rallying to develop a community hospital. Their efforts led to a groundbreaking in 1977 and the hospital’s opening in 1980. We are now a 186-bed award winning hospital treating patients from all over northern DuPage County.”

Added Jackie Conrad, chief nursing officer/vice president of patient care services at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital: “We’ve come a long way in the past three decades, but patient care remains our top priority. Every day, our dedicated physicians, staff and volunteers transform patient care, thereby transforming the lives of our patients and their families.”

Glendale Heights Community Hospital became affiliated with Hinsdale Hospital in 1982. In 1997, both hospitals became part of Adventist Health System, one of the largest nonprofit faith-based health systems in the U.S. The hospital’s primary service area includes the communities of Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream and Glen Ellyn as well as Glendale Heights.

In 1995, the hospital opened Adventist GlenOaks Therapeutic Day School; there children with learning disabilities and emotional and psychiatric problems earn normal academic credits while addressing their therapeutic goals. The school has since grown to include three campuses, in Glendale Heights, North Aurora and Glen Ellyn.

Today Adventist GlenOaks Hospital is known for many services, including the area’s only “no waiting room” Shanahan Emergency and Trauma Center, an accredited chest pain center (one of only two in DuPage County), and board-certified physicians in interventional cardiology and interventional radiology. The hospital also features a Heart & Vascular Institute, oncology, rehabilitation, surgery and imaging. Adventist Institute for Behavioral Medicine offers inpatient, outpatient and educational support in behavioral health services. Nearly 300 outstanding physicians admit and treat patients at the hospital.

The 30-year employees who will be honored are:

•    Nancy Botts of Glen Ellyn, obstetrical nurse: Botts considers Adventist GlenOaks Hospital a community hospital that gives individual care to patients. She also loves working in obstetrics. “It’s always a miracle seeing a baby come into the world,” Botts said. “A good nurse is a support for parents. I like to think I help moms get through labor as easily as possible.” She also was one of 45 professionals who went on Adventist Midwest Health’s medical mission trip to Costa Rica in January.

•    Margaret Burke of Hanover Park, recovery room nurse who also worked in intensive care for over 20 years: Burke said the hospital has made many changes over the years with improvements in technology, renovations and additions. “I have really enjoyed working at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, not only because it’s close to my home, but because it’s like being part of a family,” Burke said. “I feel a closeness here that doesn’t exist at most hospitals.”

•    Mary Clark of Oak Brook, quality coordinator in quality management: Clark helps physicians with peer review, does chart review, and works to ensure that the hospital offers the best in quality of care. She is certified in professional health care quality. “Adventist GlenOaks provides a friendly environment that has been good for my personal growth and my professional growth,” she said.

•    Sue Karau of Lombard, physical therapy treatment assistant and coordinator of the physical therapy department: “Because we’re not a huge, sprawling hospital, you get to know people better,” Karau said. “You get to spend more time with your patients and see their progress.”

•    Karen Larson of Roselle, secretary to the geriatric unit and the comprehensive treatment unit for high-functioning adults at Adventist Institute for Behavioral Medicine: “Knowing that my work is worthwhile and makes a difference in people’s lives means a lot to me,” Larson said.

•    Elisa Mercado of Glendale Heights, a medical/surgical nurse: Mercado works with a variety of patients, from pediatric to geriatric. She is especially proud that her youngest daughter, Jocelyn, who once worked at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital as a unit secretary, is now a Navy doctor. She said the hospital is sensitive to the needs of employees. “I love my family and I love working at Adventist GlenOaks Hospital,” Mercado said.  

•    Carol Rohrsen of Carol Stream, a nurse in cardiology stress testing: “The hospital has definitely changed with the times by keeping up with advances in technology,” Rohrsen said. “But what I really appreciate is the family atmosphere. It’s a community hospital, so we often see the same patients and we get to know them as well as our co-workers and the physicians who provide care here.”    

“In this day and age, it’s rare to find employees who exhibit this level of commitment,” Lewis said. “That’s why we are taking the time to honor these seven individuals and the impact they’ve had on our organization. They are an inspiration to me.”