CHICAGO (TOC) — Roseland Group Hospital kicked off Nationwide Nurses Week by honoring the important work of its nurses, known as the hospital’s spine.
Nancy Fletcher was acknowledged for her dedication over the previous 42 years.
“I like this hospital. I have been on this hospital since I got here in 1980 and up till now, I have not left as a result of the administration takes care of the staff,” Fletcher mentioned.
The hospital additionally paid tribute to a nurse who died unexpectedly.
Subu Kiruguliage, 58, misplaced his life in February in an accident with a house restore. The nurse within the intensive care unit had been with the hospital for 30 years and performed a essential position within the battle in opposition to COVID.
Subu’s spouse and daughter have been on-hand and introduced with a plaque bearing his title. Sandhya Shankar mentioned the hospital was Subu’s second residence.
“He was so devoted,” Shankar mentioned. “He cherished what he did and he was at all times there to assist and do what he wanted to do.”
Subu’s loss comes at a time when hospitals right here in Chicago and throughout the nation are coping with a persistent nursing scarcity. Roseland’s CEO mentioned they’re in determined want of assist.
“We do not have sufficient nurses,” Tim Egan mentioned. “It is actually impacting us right here on the South Facet of Chicago.”
Egan mentioned the hospital presently has 75 full-time nurses, however might use 35 extra. They’ve turned to companies to usher in journey nurses at 3 times the expense.
“That has destroyed our finances,” Egan mentioned. “We’re $4 million in debt simply to nursing companies proper now.”
Egan mentioned they’re hoping for monetary support from the state.
“It is at all times a wrestle. It is at all times a wrestle. We at all times plead and beg for extra assist.”
Within the meantime, Egan mentioned the hospital will proceed to do its finest to serve the group by transferring forward with a renovation of the intensive care unit, which will likely be named after Subu as soon as it is full.
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