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Linda O’Dwyer
Presence Health


Holocaust Remembrance Day
Yom HaShoah 2014

The Diversity Committee of Presence Saint Francis Hospital is hosting a special event in observance of Yom Hashoah—Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, April 28, 2014, 12 p.m. in the hospital auditorium. It will be a time to reflect during meaningful songs and shared stories with special guests.

Following a five-minute video, “The Auschwitz Album,” Charlene Brooks, cantorial soloist from Congregation Bene Shalom in Skokie, and daughter of two Holocaust survivors, will present a song prior to hearing from special guest speaker Agnes Schwartz.

Agnes Schwartz, who survived the Holocaust in Budapest, will share her story of survival as the main presentation. A Skokie resident, she is a member of the Speakers Bureau at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

Michael Doyle from spiritual services will wrap up the hour by sharing the modern perspective on the tragic past. Employees and members of the community are encouraged to attend and bring a brown bag lunch. The Holocaust Remembrance Day is scheduled for approximately one hour.

About Presence Saint Francis Hospital
Presence Saint Francis Hospital is a nationally recognized, full-service 271-bed hospital with a Level I Trauma Center and is listed as one of Chicago’s top hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. As home to the first Chest Pain Center on Chicago’s north shore and a Primary Stroke Center certified by the Joint Commission, Presence Saint Francis Hospital has a rich history of providing top quality care and leading edge technologies in collaboration with its 430-physician medical staff. Presence Saint Francis Hospital has been designated a Magnet Hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, placing it in the top seven percent of U.S. hospitals for nursing excellence. More information is available at

About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November, 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With more than 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees and 4,000 medical professionals. More information is available at


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