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Good Samaritan Hospital to participate in national COVID-19 remembrance ceremony

DOWNERS GROVE – Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, along with other Advocate Aurora Health hospitals and other health systems across the nation, will join President-elect Joe Biden in a national remembrance ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19 to honor American lives affected by COVID-19 and express gratitude for all health care workers.

As part of the national moment of unity and remembrance, the hospital will be illuminated blue and participate in a moment of silence for 19 seconds.

“We are joining in this national ceremony to honor those who left us much too soon,” the Rev. Kathie Bender Schwich, chief spiritual officer at Advocate Aurora Health, said in a statement. “We offer our prayers for the loved ones who grieve their loss, for survivors as they continue on their healing journey and for our health care workers whose compassionate care and heroic efforts give us comfort and hope.”

Since May, Advocate Aurora Health hospitals have paused on the 19th day of each month at 10:19 a.m. to to observe a moment of silence for 19 seconds.

In November, Good Samaritan and other Advocate Aurora Health hospitals installed a healing garden to honor patients, families and communities who fought and are still fighting COVID-19. The newly dedicated spaces serve as a tranquil place year-round where patients, visitors and team members can come to be strengthened, seek courage, and find peace.

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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