Leadership

Roxanne Martino, Chair, and Dr. Thomas Shanley, President & CEO

Message from the Chair and President:

Looking back over the last year, we feel great pride in our people for their resilience in overcoming the headwinds we faced to accomplish many achievements across our multi-pillar mission. Our teams--staff, nurses, physicians, board directors, and donors--are the backbone of this organization and give meaning to our mission every day.

Like most healthcare organizations, we dealt with staff shortages, especially in nursing, forcing us to reduce our bed capacity during sequential respiratory virus surges. We hired 363 new nurses and are on track to add 480 new nurses this fiscal year to ensure we maximize our ability to care for as many children as possible.

Navigating adversity together while supporting each other and focusing on our patients made us stronger. Throughout the last year, we maintained a relentless dedication to provide the very best care to 240,000 patients. We continued to accept any child who required Lurie Children's tertiary and quaternary level care and ensured that the children who needed us most got the specialized care they needed.

This dedication to patient care continued while educating the next generation of caregivers, serving as a trusted voice of pediatric advocacy, and conducting innovative research. Scientists at Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute built upon momentum in advancing our research mission, securing a record $80.6 million in external funding, an impressive 21 percent increase from last year.

Though buffeted by headwinds, we continue to shape our organization to face the future in the highly competitive and constantly changing healthcare environment. With our people and our mission at the center of all we do, we look to the year ahead for new opportunities to fulfill the promise of a healthier future for every child.

Gratefully,

Roxanne Martino, Chair, Medical Center/Lurie Children’s Boards of Directors
Dr. Thomas Shanley, President & CEO

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