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Lifting Spirits on Halloween at UI Health Hospital & Clinics

many people on colorful costumes posing on an ascending staircase in a well-lit atrium

It is becoming an annual tradition at UI Health Pediatrics for staff to dress up and hold a Halloween parade for the young patients, and the fall of 2023 was no exception. Hospital leadership, doctors, nurses and other staff worse costumes, paraded through the new hospital welcome atrium and through the hospital’s pediatrics unit, handing out delicious treats and bringing smiles to the little ones and their families.

Video coverage and a photo gallery can be viewed below.

Video Coverage by NBC Chicago Heading link

Dana Thornquist wearing colorful clothes and a top hat, being interviewed by the reporter

“Once August hits, it’s like, OK, what are we doing for Halloween,” said Child Life Specialist Dana Thornquist. “Seeing the kids smile and doing normal things instead of getting poked or bad news is just so important for their short and long term coping, so it means the world to us.”

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Sarah Davey being interviewed, standing with hospital staff in Barbie-related costumes

“For more than five years now, we’ve been dressing up our babies and celebrating with all our children on the pediatric unit. It’s really fun,” said NICU Family Support Specialist Sarah Davey. “The staff all get dressed up and really get into it, and it’s a really special day for both the babies and their families.”

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