A compassionate gift to The Norwegian American Hospital Foundation improves access to essential healthcare services for some of Chicago’s most medically disadvantaged areas
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.
Watch our video on the impact our mobile services have had in Chicago’s ‘medical desert.’
Norwegian American Hospital’s Mobile Services are 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 and diabetes screening. When potential health problems are found, the appropriate referrals are made so kids 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 and Dental Van, which have traveled to hundreds of schools and community centers and provided free clinical services to thousands of children in communities where access to healthcare is rare.
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