Last month, Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) welcomed Mayor Hugues Fourage of Fontenay le Comte, France, along with his wife, Dr. Marie Mascle and their daughter, for a personal tour of the Hospital. The family met with both clinicians and physicians during a tour of several specialized units that included the Emergency Department, Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Cardiovascular Services and the Gastroenterology Center.
Both Mayor Fourage and his wife were especially impressed with NCH's integration of family in the care planning process and the overall value placed on the patient- and family-centered care philosophy. The French visitors were also impressed with the private room design, most notably in the NICU, as well as the multidisciplinary team approach to care that is practiced throughout the Hospital and other NCH facilities.
The tour also included a visit to 9 South where the Mayor and his family learned about NCH's comprehensive Palliative Care Program, which earlier this year became the first hospital in Illinois to receive Advanced Certification for Palliative Care from The Joint Commission.
NCH Medical Staff President Robert Longo, MD, Joel Fisher, MD, Willis Parsons, MD, and Jack Wu, MD, also met with the Mayor and his family.
The visit to NCH was one of the many activities planned for Mayor Fourage and his family during an extended visit to the United States, coordinated by the Sister Cities Association of Palatine. The French town of Fontenay le Comte has served as the international sister city to Palatine since 1995.
Through the Sister Cities Association of Palatine, community members from both cities have an opportunity to learn about the culture, community and history of a similar city in a foreign nation. The Sister Cities Association of Palatine facilitates events and activities throughout the year, as well as conducts exchanges between the two cities, affording individuals like Mayor Fourage and his family the unique experience of traveling to a Sister City.