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Expressions of Gratitude

Palos Health has been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support shown by our community. Your words and acts of kindness are appreciated by all, especially those on the front lines of this crisis. We wanted to share the heartfelt expressions we have received so that employees can read them and know that they are in the thoughts and hearts of many.

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I want to thank the nurses, ICU staff and doctors who treated me at Palos Hospital during my battle with Covid-19. You all did an amazing job. I was admitted to the hospital on March 22nd and put on a ventilator two days later. Because of the Coronavirus and medication, I do not remember much regarding my stay at Palos. I have since learned about it and the excellent patient care I received through my wife, Kathy, and Doctor Phil Gracias, who performed my tracheostomy, along with Doctor Nahhas. Because I was still testing positive for Covid-19 at that time, my wife told me that both Dr. Gracias and Dr. Nahhas took a significant risk to perform the procedure and I will always be grateful that they took their Hippocratic Oath to heart. Doctors Nahhas and Aldaas were my pulmonologists and Dr. Regan was my hospitalist, among others. My wife told me that they all gave me exceptional care and communicated with her on a daily basis. The staff not only helped me survive Covid-19, but they comforted my wife by taking the time to keep her up to date regarding my status, setbacks, and progress. The ICU nurses understood what a strain it was on my family because they could not visit me so they put their cell phones by me so that my wife and adult children could talk to me, even though I was on the ventilator and did not consciously hear them. Their kindness was as extraordinary as their nursing skills. By the time I was transferred to Shirley Ryan Ability Lab for physical therapy, the doctors there were calling me a “miracle,” after reviewing my charts and seeing my improved condition - particularly my vocal cords, which were not damaged at all after being on a ventilator for almost six (6) weeks. I realize that Covid-19 has placed numerous restrictions on visits to hospitals and that I may have to wait a while to visit the ICU nurses and the doctors who treated me, but I hope to do so. I will be forever in their debt. --GR

I am very thankful for your great and holy work you Guys do at Palos for treating everyone one with Covid 19 including my older brother. We pray for everyone to be safe you guys are heroes. Thank you and God bless you.

I'm writing to thank you for helping and saving so many lives. I know it is stressful and hard to do this every day. We Truly appreciate all you doing for us I know it is difficult wearing a mask, gown and gloves all day. But I know it is for our Safety. I will continue to pray for you and ur family. --From Khaled (5th grade student, Memorial Elementary School, Tinley Park)

I would like to thank you for working hard during this pandemic. I think you guys are amazing people because you're putting time and effort into your work. You guys are not being selfish you're caring about other people not just yourself I think you are wonderful people. I wish you guys the best. --Love, Lauren (5th grade student, Memorial Elementary School, Tinley Park)

Thank you for helping us during these times, you are amazing and so many people appreciate what you do. I am so thankful for you. You are hero's and I want you to be recognized. --Your friend, Adeline (5th grade student, Memorial Elementary School, Tinley Park)

I am proud to say your hospital is in my community. Your staff members are of the highest quality for care and compassion. Thank You for all that you do! --Kathy

So grateful to read all these wonderful wishes to all our staff who have put their lives on hold in honor/caring for those who have needed their skills in fighting Covid. So proud of my colleagues! --Margie

To The Doctors, Nurses and All Staff At Palos Hospital Thank You for going to work for us. Stay Safe. ❤️❤️❤️ --Joan

I would just like to say thank you for all you are doing and have done before you are a great staff of patriots. May you all be safe thank you very much. --Duane

Thank you all for everything that you have done and continue to do for all of us! We are so very grateful to have all of you working so hard! --Dominick

Thank you so much to the men and women who are putting their lives on the line in the face of this pandemic. Thank you to all essential workers at the hospital as well. I continue to pray for you and your families daily. We will get through this. <3

Thank you everyone!

As an employee at Palos Health, I truly realize the dedication and bravery of all the hospital workers that help keep the hospital running during this difficult time.

Special thanks to all of the front line clinical staff that are literally putting their lives on the line.

Everyone stay safe, stay healthy! --Pam

I work at Palos Health and I am extraordinarily grateful for and proud of the people who are on our frontline—our physicians and nurses, housekeepers, food and nutrition staff, maintenance, public safety—and all those who support them. The spirit of caring and commitment to our patients and each other is strong. God bless you all and thank you. --Tim

I am a student at Jerling Junior high, I'm in 8th grade and going into the high school this upcoming year. I don’t know who’s reading this right now but I know that this person is dedicated, passionate, thoughtful and a whole lot more.

The world is going through a hard time with the coronavirus. People like you are needed more than ever. So this time I want you to stay strong. Don't back down no matter what anyone says, because you are helping so many people and you don’t know it just yet. Because of people like you, we live in a happier, healthier world. That is to say, I wish you the best. I hope you stay safe and healthy and thank you so much for everything you do.

Thank you for doing your job and helping many people. You save many people’s lives and help many people who are suffering. Especially during these difficult times with the coronavirus spreading, you still do your job and are a true hero.

Thank you for protecting our health and our will to love. It’s amazing for me personally to know that people like you are there for us. Doctors save lives and bring families together and keep them safe, and to me that’s a real hero.

People like you are such inspirations and show us that we can all help each other. I believe in these times we can get help from doctors like you. It’s so great for us all and personally me knowing we are being treated and helped by intelligent and great people.

You have done so much for us. We should all be thankful that you are on our side during this tough time. Thank you for pushing through and helping those in need. No matter the risk, you stay on the frontline to help people who need it.

Without your help, our world as we know it would be a very chaotic place. We all thank you for what you’re doing to help. I know it may be stressful and very hard but no matter what you’re sticking by your side and helping those in need. You along with everyone else who is helping make a difference in the world. Nothing would be the same without you.

Sincerely, An eighth grader at Jerling Junior High

I appreciate that you are out helping people at this time. Thank you for all your hard work you are doing right now. I’m sure a lot of people are thankful for what you are doing because right now a lot of people need your help and your brilliance. Thank you for all your help when needed and I hope you and your family stay safe and healthy.

I would like to thank you for everything that you do especially during these times. Without you, this outbreak would be much much worse and I would like to thank you for choosing to help those infected with the virus and putting your life on the line. I hope that you will be able to care for these patients and that you and the other people working at your hospital won’t have so much stress to deal with. Just remember that what you’re doing helps everyone and that the current situation will get better. Thank you for everything that you’ve done and choosing to help others.

An 8th grader from Jerling Junior High

I am writing this letter to thank you for what you have done during COVID-19. I want to thank you for all of your work that you have put in to help fight the coronavirus.

I wish to thank you for your efforts to keep the COVID19 outbreak under control. Without you, COVID19 would be spreading at a worse rate. I am so grateful for your work under all the pressure.

I am so thankful and grateful for you and so is the world. During this crazy pandemic you are out working and risking your own life just to save someone else’s, and I think that takes a lot of courage and strength. Everyone is so thankful for your hard work and I, along with the world know the struggle you must be going through at the moment. I believe in you and I know we can all get through this.

Hopefully this news has uplifted you at least a tiny bit because you truly deserve it with everything that you’ve been going through. Again, I believe in you, you just have to push through and hopefully we’ll all get through this. I wish you and your family the best of luck and I thank you for what you have done for us.

With Thanks, Jerling Junior High 8th Grader

I wrote this letter to thank you for all the work you have done in the past few weeks. I know you and your fellow staff members must be working overtime, and putting many hours into your work daily. I respect the amount of effort and time you put into everything going on, in order to better our country. I know it can be difficult, but you are the reason people have a chance. Once again, thank you for all of your work, even though it has its downs, you are doing, and helping, so much to
the people of our country. You are the reason people are getting better. Keep up the incredible
work, and I know we will all get through this.

Sincerely, an eighth grader at Jerling junior high

Although I don’t have social interaction with nurses on a daily basis, I see what you are going through on the news. COVID-19 has affected many, in ways only you would understand.

On behalf of the many people blessed that you continue to help those who need it most, I want to say Thank you. The risk you’re taking every day to fulfill other people’s needs and put aside your own is remarkable. So Thank you for taking those risks to help others and better them so they can live. This is a chance to save lives and we are so very grateful you’re taking it. How thankful we are as community, city, state, and country to have you take charge and do what’s best for us is unimaginable.

Sincerely, Jerling Junior High Eighth Grader

Thank you for your incredible service to your country during this unimaginable tragedy happening in your world. You continue to save lives day and night and treat patients that are getting worse because of the coronavirus with the best that you can do. I very much appreciate your patience and conduct toward this pandemic. As a professional in the medical field, I know you are on the frontline of the fight towards Coronavirus and help the society get to safety from this infectious virus. I appreciate all that you do to help my family and those around us to be healthy and sanitize ourselves daily.

Thank you again for your service to our country during this unfortunate calamity occurring in our world today. I wish the best for you and the doctors in your hospital.

With Thanks, An 8th grader from Jerling Junior High School

Covid-19 has made it literally impossible to give a pat on the back to a first responder, which is why I am writing this letter. I cannot bear to imagine how difficult it must be for you to work under these conditions. I am thankful for you dedicating your time to help sick and injured people. A nurse's job can't be easy! I am very grateful for you dedicating your time to sick people.

- Thanks, an 8th grader at Jerling Junior High

I really appreciate the sacrifices and hard work you guys make to save people's lives in a matter of minutes from coronavirus (Covid-19). We all appreciate the time and effort you guys put in to save our lives and put in the extra work into your jobs. You are the one person we can rely on to save us and we count on you if we need help or something is wrong with us.

Through this tragedy of a pandemic you are the people everyone is looking up to. I really hope you are feeling good and healthy during this time.

I want to thank you for all of your hard work. I am grateful that you are trying all of your best to save the people that have the virus and you are doing the best that you guys can do right now. I know that you may be considered if you are working with people that are sick but you are really helping the world right now because you are trying to save all the people that you can. I know you are concerned about contracting this virus while at work. We are all scared but God is taking care of you for you will take care of the people that are sick but god is going to keep you more safe at all times because you guys are trying to save the people who are sick with the virus. You are all working hard and I understand that so please keep helping us.

This will be over soon but in the meantime just know that God is taking care of you when you are trying to save people’s lives. God will never leave your side even if you don’t feel him he is still with you.

This is all going to be over soon and just know that we are grateful for you helping us. I can not thank you guys enough because you are really helping us in so many different ways right now and I am grateful. We are going to remember all of this because you guys are the ones that saved people. We got this together and we are stronger together than just by ourselves.

Sincerely, Jerling junior high 8th grader

I would like to say thank you for staying at your hospital overtime each day.

Thank you for everything you have done for us. We are all thankful that you put your hard work to save people’s lives and see what’s wrong. Every day you know you're going to help someone that’s in need and we all thank you for that. It may be stressful but people are getting better and not feeling sick because of you.

We all appreciate you helping with conditions and making people know what helps them to not get sick and what to do when you are sick. You provide a lot of information to people and that are in need. Once again thank you for taking so much time to take care of all of us. Thank you for all the work you have done for this world.

Thank you, from an 8th grader at Jerling Junior High

Thank you for taking your time to help thousands of people. Your dedication to this problem is respected by thousands of people counting on you for this to end. You are spending countless hours working hard to fix this problem. Without you we would be nowhere close to trying to solve this virus. Thank you for trying to solve this problem to get the economy back on its feet and saving many lives. Having that job in this time is very stressful but remember that we are here behind you supporting you the whole way. This is very brave for you to be doing and there is no way to pay you back but being thankful. You are risking many things just to keep many people you don’t know healthy and alive and that’s amazing.

With thanks, an 8th Grader from Jerling Junior High.

I want to thank you for all you are doing right now. With this virus going around and you staying at your hospital helping patients to get healthy and strong during this tough time. You are very appreciated right now by the hundreds of people you’ve helped for the past week or so and helping these people to try and beat this virus and putting yourself at risk to save lives. You and your fellow nurses are heroes but you deserve an extra bit of appreciation as we try and battle this new virus. Everyone is very proud and thankful for you trying your hardest every day and staying clean to keep the virus away.

Thank you for your contribution for trying to keep patients safe and healthy in these scary times. You have helped people when you didn’t know much about this before it happened. This came out of nowhere and no one was expecting it and you guys have handled it excellently.

The world needs more people like you where they contribute to the world and are such a big part of it. You aren’t home in time sometimes because you are making these sacrifices to help keep other people safe and healthy.

Thanks to you we live in a much safer world. You stepped up in a time that people needed you to step up the most. You didn’t flinch either, you took it in stride and kept going so you could help people.

In conclusion, you do so much for us when we need it. Without you guys we would be lost. We would be in a lot of trouble without you. Thank you for always putting us first. You make hard sacrifices so that we can be healthy.

Thanks, An 8th grader from Jerling Junior High

You are very important right now. There are some unexpected events happening right now like CoronaVirus. Everyone is counting on all of the doctors to treat the patients that have any kind of sickness. The world does not want this outbreak to spread much more than it already has. It is essential that doctors are doing a good job and staying safe.

I know that times are very tough right now and you guys have been working extremely hard. I heard about the long hours that you have been working to treat all the patients. You are so appreciated.

Every doctor right now is truly a hero. There is so much hard work to get done. Just remember that we are all in this together. You are highly appreciated.

From, A Jerling jr high 8th grader

Thank you for all your sacrifices! All doctors are working countless hours everyday to save the better of humanity. Being a doctor is never easy but during these hard times it’s the more remarkable seeing them do their jobs. These doctors risk there life to save us and we really appreciate that.

Doctors have risked their lives every day to save our lives. To me that’s one key part of being an American is putting people before yourself first and they show that everyday they do their job by risking their lives for us. I will keep praying for you and your families!

First off I wanted to say thank you for putting yourself on the line everyday. You don’t have to help people the way you do, but you want to. Especially during this time with the virus. My sister was in the hospital so I’m very thankful for all the doctors that helped her throughout the years.
-8th Grader from jjh

I know we are currently going through a bit of a rough time so I just wanted to write and see how you were doing. I know you have been overly busy and working hard to see that things will get better and that this issue will be resolved. I just want you to know that me and millions of others are so proud of you for doing this and being brave enough for everyone else.

I honestly can't comprehend how brave you and all these other people are working in hospitals around the world. You all make it look so easy and it's very inspiring to me and many other children.

I may not know you personally but from what I see from the news I feel like I already know just a small portion of you and everyone else, and you're definitely making a huge difference in mine and many others lives. When this issue is over and you and your colleagues around the world have saved the day I can't wait for things to go back to normal. I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of me and my family, I know this is going to be difficult but I know you can handle it. Hang in there and let's get the job done together. I hope that this letter found you well and I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day or night I’m not
really sure how nurses hours work, I haven’t watched Greys And Anatomy in a long time. Anyway thank you so much again, we can do this!

With Thanks -an 8th grader from Jerling jr. High

Thank you so much for all that you do to keep this place safe and risking your own life to cure others in this pandemic that is happening now. I know that you bear without complaining, you are treasured and adored. Risking your life for others, so that they can be healthy, is something heroic. Thank you for all you do, we can’t thank you enough.

I am really thankful for all you have done for all the sick patients. I wonder how you doctors do it. You guys risk your lives to say people like me. Everyday the coronavirus is getting worse and worse. Everyday more people are dying but you guys are
helping them survive.

I trust you guys with my life and the life of others. Doctors have it really hard right now too. Not just here but all over the world.

Thanks again, A Student from Jerling Junior High

I really appreciate that you guys and women are putting your lives at risk to help people and make them feel healthier and beat this virus. You are doing a lot for our world and I appreciate that. I just wanted to say thank you for helping these sick people feel better.

Thank you for being in the emergency rooms. Thank you for being an inspiration and risking your life.

Thank you for treating the infected people of the virus and also trying to stop it from spreading. It really means a lot to everyone.

Thank you for everything you have done for us. You're a hero for risking your life with this virus while we are at home. I hope your family doesn’t get affected by this virus. Everyone stuck inside is very proud and happy that you are doing this for everyone. I hope you are doing well during this period of hard times. Everything will be ok and hopefully will be over soon. Thank you for your time and reading this. Thank you for everything you are doing.

Sincerely, 8th grader from Jerling Junior High

The coronavirus issue really is making your job so much harder than it already was. You nurses already work so hard and now your job is so much harder due to the coronavirus. I don’t know how you’re so brave and strong getting through this.

I hope you and your coworkers stay safe and take precautions at the hospitals. You guys have been working such long and stressful shifts. We all appreciate what you’re doing so much no matter what. Thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve done.

With thanks, Jerling Junior High 8th grader.

Thank you for everything that you do, the work you do does not go unnoticed. Without you we would have a lot more deaths in the world because people would not be treated properly. Especially with the coronavirus pandemic you risk your health in order to help the patients that are suffering from the deadly disease. We can not thank you enough for what you do in this world and I strive to one day be as helpful as you.

From, a 8th grader at Jerling jr high

Thank you for all the help you have given us through the rough times of the coronavirus. Everyone appreciates all the work you and everyone else is doing. We know it must be hard and kind of dangerous to have this job at this time, but we know you’re willing to take the risk. We know you are trying to do everything to help the patients.

The coronavirus is the biggest national problem in the world. And you guys are some of the bravest people out there working with the people having the disease. Every other job is important too, but I feel you guys are the most important curing and treating patients.

From, 8th grader from Jerling junior high

Thank you for putting your lives at risk to make this country a better place by keeping people healthy and saving lives. Without you guys this disease would be spreading worse and more people would be dying. You guys aren’t just only helping with covid-19, you
guys are also helping with other illnesses. Hopefully this pandemic ends sooner than later. Hopefully damages don’t get too much worse and I can’t thank you enough for what you guys are doing for us and what you guys are being put through.

Thank you for all of the work you have committed to. When I grow up I want to be a nurse but it looks hard. I am ready to commit just like you have. You are a real hero taking extra hours and working extra hard. It must be hard not seeing your family much. Also I can’t forget risking your health to help others. We all appreciate you, things you do, and the fact that you are helping others.

Just wanted to say a special thank you for all you're doing during this difficult time. I appreciate that you're not only risking your life to save lives but you're going out during a difficult time and helping people. I appreciate you and I'm glad there's people like you willing to go out and help other people. I think that without you guys, we wouldn't be able to be saving lives and helping get through their struggles.

With thanks, an 8th grader from Jerling Junior High.

I would like to thank you for helping people with COVID-19. You are a hero in some people's eyes. The sacrifice you are making being around sick people is brave. I hope you and you fellow doctors are wearing the proper equipment. I’m sure wherever you are working must be packed. I can’t wait till this whole thing is over.

You have saved so many people’s lives already. Remember the US and more are supporting you. Please keep doing what you are doing. Please don’t stop, we need you right now. We are lucky to have your help. I would like to thank you for your service.

From, A Student Jerling junior high

Hello, I know times are tough right now but I encourage you to keep fighting and to help our world become a better place. Our progress so far could not have been so good without your help and all the people around you working together to find an antidote. Imagine all the people you’ve helped and things that you have done to help us reach closer and closer to stop this virus. I’m proud of your work and I can’t wait to hear what you do next. Someday we'll look back on this time and appreciate the people they have working to help us get through this. We are experiencing a history book type of event.
You will be talked about in the future and people will admire you and be inspired to be a nurse to do what you have done. If you don’t realize all the things that you have worked towards and what you have done to keep this country safe then I’m here to tell you that I’m proud of you.

Thanks, 8th grader from Jerling Junior High

Thank you for being brave and taking care of the sick people.Thank you for risking your lives to take care of us. I appreciate you risking your lives because without you many people more people would have died. You are helping us through these tough times.
You have never given up. Nurses save our lives by helping the doctors and us when we need it.

Thank you for everything that you do for us. You nurses have saved our lives. Through thick and thin, you have been here for us and without the nurses, we wouldn’t be here right now.

With thanks, an eighth grader from Jerling Junior High School

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