Elgin hospital honors retired nurse 71 years after rejecting her from school due to race

Elgin hospital honors retired nurse 71 years after rejecting her from school due to race

STREAMWOOD, In poor health. (TOC) — It’s a full-circle second.

Retired nurse Betty Brown, 90, was named honorary chief nursing officer from the identical Elgin hospital that rejected her for nursing faculty 71 years in the past due to her race.

“It gave me inspiration, as a result of I believed, ‘Nobody can inform me what I can or cannot do,'” Brown mentioned.

As an alternative, Brown received a nursing diploma from a hospital in Joliet and years later, returned to Advocate Sherman Hospital for work. She mentioned she by no means carried a grudge.

“By no means turn into bitter. That destroys the whole lot,” Brown mentioned. “I attempted to maintain a constructive thought in my thoughts always.”

She has devoted her life to service as a nurse, volunteer, spouse and mom. She has been married to retired WGN radio character Floyd Brown for 66 years. In actual fact, Brown has been a trailblazer her total life, even paving the best way for the present Advocate Sherman Hospital president.

The distinction for Brown comes throughout Nationwide Nurses Week, a time to thank nurses who’ve given a lot, particularly in the course of the pandemic. However for Brown, it was simply the primary honor of the day. At a luncheon for the YWCA later, they’re giving out an award named in her honor.

“I thank God daily,” Brown mentioned.

It is referred to as the “Betty Brown Racial Justice Award.” However Brown mentioned she has by no means been involved with awards. She has been centered on shifting ahead reasonably than wanting again.

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