Statement from A.J. Wilhelmi, President & CEO
Illinois Health and Hospital Association
Re: Tragic Event at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago
“On behalf of our 212 hospital members and their 250,000 healthcare employees, the Illinois Health and Hospital Association expresses our condolences to the family and friends of the victims of the senseless act of violence that occurred at Mercy Hospital & Medical Center in Chicago. We are incredibly saddened by the tragic loss these victims and their families have suffered. This was an unexplainable act that took the lives of three people who went to work every day to protect and save lives in their community. We owe it to them to find ways to stop the violence, and the hospital community remains dedicated to helping in that important endeavor.”
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