Chicago’s Healthcare Heroes

Chicago’s Healthcare Heroes

A salute to the inspiring individuals who’ve made a difference during the Covid-19 pandemic

Covid-19 may have initially shut down Chicago, but healthcare heroes quickly rose up and sprang into action. They’ve been hard at work ever since.

Despite hardships and health risks, they’ve aided patients, guided healthcare teams, researched new therapies, and shown up for their communities. These local heroes have helped Chicagoans who have struggled with complications from Covid-19 and from the isolation and disruption of the pandemic.

Often, they’ve done so while putting themselves at risk. Especially in the early days, many lacked adequate support or personal protective equipment. Many provided patient care around the clock, while also balancing the needs and safety of their own families.

These pages feature some of Chicago’s Covid-19 heroes from all areas of healthcare. Courageous individuals, they’ve provided all of us with healing and hope.

We know by now that not all heroes wear capes. But all do wear masks.


Paramedic Hero

ATI
Ambulance

Community Hero

Bright Star Community Outreach

Infectious Disease Hero

UChicago
Medicine

State Hero

Illinois Department of Public Health

Food
Hero

Lakeview
Pantry

Public Health Hero

Chicago Department of Public Health

Home Care Hero

Right
at Home

Mask
Hero

Figueroa Wu Family Foundation

Testing Hero

Rush University Medical Center

Nurse Heroes

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

ResearchHero

University of Illinois at Chicago

Emergency Room Hero

Mount Sinai
Hospital

Patient Hero

Advocate Trinity
Hospital

Mental Health Hero

Rogers Behavioral
Health

Skilled Nursing Hero

Alden Terrace
of McHenry

Chaplain Hero

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Paramedic Hero

ATI
Ambulance

Community Hero

Bright Star Community Outreach

Infectious Disease Hero

UChicago
Medicine

State Hero

Illinois Department of Public Health

Food
Hero

Lakeview
Pantry

Public Health Hero

Chicago Department of Public Health

Home Care Hero

Right
at Home

Mask
Hero

Figueroa Wu Family Foundation

Testing Hero

Rush University Medical Center

Nurse Heroes

Northwestern Memorial Hospital

ResearchHero

University of Illinois at Chicago

Emergency Room Hero

Mount Sinai
Hospital

Patient Hero

Advocate Trinity
Hospital

Mental Health Hero

Rogers Behavioral
Health

Skilled Nursing Hero

Alden Terrace
of McHenry

Chaplain Hero

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital


Originally published in the Fall 2020/Winter 2021 print issue. Photos by Jim Vondruska

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