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Mulroe works to expand care for medically fragile children

Sister Catherine Ryan testifies before the Senate Public Health CommitteeSPRINGFIELD – Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center may soon be able to care for additional children under a plan sponsored in the legislature by State Senator John G. Mulroe (D-Chicago).

House Bill 763 would increase the number of children allowed for treatment under the community-based health care center model.

“This legislation will enable Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center to care for four more medically fragile children,” Mulroe said. “Maryville is an invaluable resource within the district, and I am happy to sponsor this legislation that will allow them to help even more children and families.”

Maryville Children’s Healthcare Center cares for children that depend on medical technology, such as ventilators, and other medically fragile children. The center also trains parents to provide a smooth transition when a child returns home after hospitalization.

“Our Children’s Healthcare Center provides transitional care for young patients who still require complex medical care but are not yet ready to go home,” said Maryville Executive Director Sister Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F. “We teach families and caregivers how to provide for their children’s medical needs for a safe transition from a medical setting to home. This reduces the re-hospitalization rate dramatically and advances the well-being of our young patients and their families.

House Bill 763 was passed out of committee and moves to the Senate floor for further discussion.

“Every year we must decline to accept patients who need our services,” Ryan said. “We are grateful to Senator Mulroe and the Public Health Committee for supporting this kind of transitional care.”

Sen. John G. Mulroe

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10th District

Years served: 2010 - Present

Committee assignments: Commerce and Economic Development; Criminal Law; Insurance (Chairperson); Judiciary; Public Health (Vice-Chairperson); Telecommunication and Information Technology.

Biography: Born July 21, 1959, in Chicago; BBA, accounting, Loyola University; J.D., Loyola University School of Law; member of Chicago and Illinois State Bar associations; full-time attorney; former assistant state's attorney and arbitrator for Cook County; certified public accountant; married (wife, Margaret), four children.