Health care heroes: Revealing their smiles

Health care heroes: Revealing their smiles

Imagine yourself laying in a hospital bed. Everyone who enters your room is wearing a mask that covers most of their face. You have no idea if they’re smiling. Strange, right?

Now imagine a child experiencing this. Our pediatric patients are living this reality.

On one of the Advocate Children’s Hospital inpatient units in Oak Lawn, Suzanne Serna, a clinical information management specialist, wanted to make patients’ hospital experience easier on them.

Using her creativity, she created faces to put on team members’ masks to bring a smile to the faces of patients and coworkers.

“I just wanted to add a little humor to the day during a dark situation,” says Suzanne. “When someone would deliver something to the unit, they would laugh. Laughter was so good to hear. That patients and parents like them, too.”

“I believe art — in any form — always frees the spirit and makes you feel good.”

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Holly Brenza
Holly Brenza

Holly Brenza, health enews contributor, is the public affairs coordinator at Advocate Children's Hospital. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. In her free time, Holly enjoys reading, watching the White Sox and Blackhawks, playing with her dog, Bear and running her cats' Instagram account, @strangefurthings.