Edward-Elmhurst Health daffodil project puts hope on display

May 01, 2020
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Every day, officials provide updates on the number of new cases and the number of people who have died from COVID-19. Analysts discuss whether the curve is flattening or a peak has been reached.

“It’s also important to shine a light on how many people are recovering from COVID-19 and leaving the hospital,” says Mary Lou Mastro, CEO of Edward-Elmhurst Health.

Each inpatient with COVID-19 discharged from Edward Hospital in Naperville or Elmhurst Hospital is now recognized with a 24-inch, decorative daffodil lawn ornament outside our hospitals. Each hospital will also post banners showing the total number of patients with coronavirus discharged system-wide and will update it daily.

Traditionally a symbol of rebirth and new beginnings, the daffodils provide an uplifting representation of those who are winning the fight against this deadly virus.

“Marking each COVID-19 discharge with a daffodil puts hope on display,” Mastro says.

In addition, each COVID-19 inpatient who is being discharged will leave the hospital with a real daffodil and note of encouragement as well.

To date, Edward-Elmhurst Health has discharged more than 300 patients who were treated for coronavirus.

“Watch as the fields of daffodils — and the number of patients who are healing and recovering — grow over the coming weeks,” Mastro says.

To get the latest information on what Edward-Elmhurst Health is doing about coronavirus, check www.EEHealth.org/coronavirus.