Design, Build, Heal

by Lisa Stamos

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Where were you in the 1960s? High school, the United States armed services, college, or just starting out? Or, maybe you weren’t even born yet. If you weren’t in the Barrington area at that time, or were here yet don’t recall what was going on, you might not know how our local hospital got its start. Who, you may wonder, put it there? Some big corporation? An investment group?

The answer to that question is about as grassroots as it gets. We did.

Good Shepherd Hospital was the brainchild of a group of citizens, mostly women, who came together to demand a hospital in their backyard. People from Barrington, Cary, Lake Zurich, and Fox River Grove said it was time for hospital-based health care that would be accessible to their families. The dedicated citizen’s auxiliary raised funds while the bureaucracy was tackled. Quaker Oats Company donated 80 acres of land from a research farm it maintained on Route 22 and that ground was broken in 1976. The people building Good Shepherd Hospital started construction on that cornfield and its doors were opened to the public in 1979.

Thirty-five years ago, the hospital opened and today, Advocate Good Shepherd is in the process of what is likely the largest design, build, and modernization project in Barrington’s history. Step inside the $200 million dollar hospital modernization project in our cover feature story and watch as history is made again.

We’ll also remember that this winter was a doozy, and we learned what a polar vortex was. Get a head start on the warm and lovely seasons to come in our feature story about Lynn Rushing. Lynn reminds us that it’s never too late to start something, in her case, becoming an artist. The results are a delightful garden and for us to see, a welcome change from visions of ice and snow.

We are so pleased to introduce you to Michael Asher, our Quintessential Person, though you probably already know him. The idea behind this feature project with Thomas Balsamo is to honor a person who makes a positive difference on a large scale. That difference comes in many forms. Michael is a treasure and his story is an uplifting look at what a truly great community is all about.

Our annual home and garden issue is always fun to put together. In the pages ahead, you’ll meet new people and get updates on all the good things to come. Please do keep our amazing advertisers in mind as you enjoy their ads. They offer quality services and make your Quintessential Barrington magazine possible.

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