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Could You Sum Up the Pandemic in One Word?

Monday, June 27, 2022 9:27 AM

If you could express one word that describes your experience during the pandemic, what would it be?

Swedish Hospital Foundation staff asked 90 frontline workers this question. Their answers are, at once, powerful and inspiring.

Click the link below to hear their thoughtful reflections:

The pandemic in one word

Video credit: Jimmy Helm

The video was part of a presentation by the Foundation, which recently honored all NorthShore – Edward-Elmhurst Health team members with its Spirit of Compassion Award.

The award was presented in front of more than 600 guests at the Foundation’s Roarin’ 20s Annual Gala on June 18. The Spirt of Compassion Award is presented annually during the gala to those who have given selflessly to improve the lives of others—both within the healthcare setting and beyond.

“To our team members and physicians who served on the front lines and, without hesitation, answered the call to deliver the most compassionate and excellent care to so many very sick patients, we thank you,” said Swedish Hospital President and CEO Anthony Guaccio in presenting the award. “Each of you has stepped up beyond expectation. For those of you working behind the lines, I am amazed by your dedication and innovation to find incredible new ways to help support and enable those who are delivering care.”

Normally, proceeds from the gala are used to support mission-based programs within Swedish Hospital. In recognition of this year’s Spirit of Compassion winners, proceeds from this year’s gala will support initiatives that give back to staff.

“Our efforts to support team member emotional wellness and resilience are so important, and they ultimately enhance patient care,” said Executive Director of Swedish Hospital Foundation Jennifer Tscherney. “Work has already started by creating Recharge Rooms and an Employee Lounge—safe spaces where team members can decompress and recharge. We also have recruited team members to develop a response team to support staff impacted by traumatic events or ongoing mental health challenges.”