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

Message from the Chair and President:

For almost two years, the world has been on a rollercoaster, and healthcare organizations have experienced this more than most. At Lurie Children's, we have been navigating the pandemic’s secondary impacts of intensified behavioral health and acute care volumes, as well as staff turnover that strain parts of the medical center. While we continue to be challenged by the pandemic, make no mistake: Lurie Children’s remains steadfast and more focused on our mission than ever before. Indeed, consistently experiencing the tangible impact of our mission inspired and drove us throughout the turmoil of COVID-19. Every member of our 7,000-person workforce remains committed to providing a healthier future for every child. We live it, embrace it, and work every day to create opportunities to see that promise fulfilled.

Despite these challenges, we made great progress on our strategic goals this year as we strive to become a national leader in child health. We streamlined operations, improved patient safety, and embedded principles of High Reliability Organizations and implicit bias mitigation across our workforce training. We focused on improving outcomes that matter to families and saw our patient family experience scores not only rise but surpass our peer children’s hospitals.

We launched the Patrick M. Magoon Institute for Healthy Communities and continue the work of transforming many of our business processes in preparation for our multiyear implementation of Workday, our new enterprise resource planning tool. Most importantly, we provided safe, high-quality care to 223,395 patients amidst recent surges in inpatient volumes and acute behavioral health demands.

Our entire staff has performed at a very high level, with the Infection Prevention and Control team taking a lead role in the pandemic response both on the clinical and research sides and our researchers have published 159 peer-reviewed studies related to COVID-19. We participated in vaccine trials for patients ages 5-11 and are involved in additional studies for younger children, enabling us to lead efforts in mitigating the ongoing impact of COVID-19.

We look to the year ahead with optimism, inspired and motivated by the children we care for and the mission we serve, and focused on fulfilling the promise of a healthier future.

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

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National and international accolades

Lurie Children's continues to be the top-ranked children’s hospital in Illinois, ranked in all 10 specialties by the U.S.News & World Report for 2021-2022 in their Best Children’s Hospitals survey. These included Urology (#7), Cardiology/Heart Surgery (#9) and Neonatology (#9). Lurie Children’s is the only pediatric hospital in the state to receive recognition in all 10 ranked specialties. The rankings underscored the hospital’s superior clinical outcomes, which are among the best in the nation. Lurie Children’s was also recognized on Newsweek’s list of World’s Best Specialized Hospitals 2022, ranking 9 in Newsweek's first-time ranking of the best 150 pediatric hospitals globally.