December 17, 2020
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Nurses were among the first Illinois providers to get a COVID-19 vaccination this week as distribution began nationwide. Hannah Puhr, an emergency room nurse at Amita Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, said getting vaccinated made her feel hopeful and that she did it for all of her COVID-19 patients who did not live to see the vaccine released.
Full Story: WTTW-TV (Chicago, Ill.) (12/15),  WLS-TV (Chicago) (12/16),  WMAQ-TV (Chicago) (12/15) 
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The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board voted to reject a request to close from Mercy Hospital on Chicago's South Side, saying the move could reduce access to care during the pandemic. Hospital officials said they are committed to the plan and will ask the board again next year to close inpatient care and transition to an outpatient model.
Full Story: WBEZ-FM (Chicago) (12/15) 
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April 13, 2021 -- ANA-Illinois will host our 23rd Annual Event in a virtual format. We pledge to provide expanded content and continuing education in a form that will engage students and empower faculty to provide relevant and timely content safely during a pandemic. Registration will open in January.

April 14, 2021 -- We will host a newly branded Nurses Day at the Capitol. This will be a virtual event where nurses throughout Illinois will convene to learn about Illinois' current health landscape and see how nurses can positively influence our state's policy. Attendees will hear from state health leaders, receive education on advocacy, and find out how to connect with representatives and senators from their area. Join us in empowering and amplifying nursing's voice at the Capitol in 2021.
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