Community Welcomes Alexian Brothers Women And Children's Hospital
The new hospital features a kid-friendly environment, including a tent-like canopy illuminated by lights that change colors outside the main entrance, and playrooms for different age groups on the second floor. The interior of the hospital was designed to create a homelike feeling, with wood tones, a mixture of bright and neutral colors, and artwork by Illinois artists, including local children.
Blessing, dedication and ribbon-cutting events were among a series of celebrations and hospital tours sponsored by ABHS in advance of the hospital's opening. Events also were held for emergency medical services personnel, police and firefighters; area colleges, universities and nursing schools; construction workers, trade unions and elected officials; social service agencies; local clergy; area families; and ABHS physicians, associates, volunteers and supporters.
"We wanted to expand the resources that we have available to women and children, and I think we've succeeded," Frey said. "There are far more services here than we have had the capacity to deliver in the past. We also hoped to increase access to care for children, which is a significant problem across the United States. What you see here is an opportunity for us to open our doors for more people who are poor and vulnerable in our community to make sure that no one is turned away."
Illinois State Senator Michael Noland, D- Elgin, underscored Frey's remarks, telling guests at the ribbon-cutting event, "We have so many people, so many of my constituents, who are Medicaid recipients who otherwise could not afford the care that they will receive here. These doors are open to them because of the mission of the Brothers."Noland and Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod, who also spoke at the event, expressed their appreciation not only for the high-quality healthcare resources provided by the new hospital, St. Alexius Medical Center and other local Alexian Brothers facilities, but also for their collective impact as an economic engine for the area. "We're really excited about this because this facility will be able to provide, as has (St. Alexius Medical Center) the great service that Alexian Brothers has always provided," McLeod said. "That's a great comfort to people who live in this area to have a first-class medical facility – a world-class medical facility – in their neighborhood."
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