Then and Now: A Look Back on Move Day, June 9, 2012 with Jodi
Five years ago on June 9, 2012, we safely moved 127 patients from our old hospital (then Children’s Memorial) in Lincoln Park to Lurie Children’s in Streeterville. As we celebrate our fifth anniversary, we recently caught up with some of the patients we moved on that historic day.
Jodi, 25, has been a patient of Lurie Children’s (formerly Children’s Memorial) since she was just 6 months old when she underwent her first brain surgery for hydrocephalus.
Jodi shares, “I remember all of the excitement of move day, getting to be interviewed for the news. I think I was one of the first on the neurology floor (3 west at Children’s Memorial). I remember hearing everyone cheering as patients left. The new hospital is just stunning. I’ve only had to come back to Lurie Children’s for my last checkup earlier this year. Since move day, I’ve moved out of my mom’s house two years ago and my daughter and I moved in with her dad. I have been working full time in an accounting office for 5 years now. I got a great job after healing and knock on wood I haven’t had any complications since my last surgery! Currently, I’m getting into planting some succulents and a cactus. I still have the newspapers, the blanket and water bottle I got from move day!”