On July 4th, VNA Health Care participated in the first City of Aurora parade held since the onset of the pandemic in 2019.
VNA Health Care was honored to be invited by the City of Aurora to be one of the grand marshals for the July 4th parade. Mayor Richard C. Irvin chose 3 local health care organizations to lead the parade as a way to salute those providing health care services on the front line during the pandemic. VNA President & CEO Linnea Windel was accompanied by a group of VNA staff along with staff from AMITA Health Mercy Medical Center Aurora and Rush-Copley Medical Center to lead the parade on the Health Care Heroes float. Approximately 60 various organizations and groups joined the procession. Despite a somewhat smaller group from prior years, there was a general feeling of excitement at being able to gather once again to celebrate the day with the community.
The VNA Health Care Mobile Van along with staff and their families rounded out the end of procession. Staff members carried banners highlighting VNA's latest milestone of giving over 50,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to the local community while other staff members handed out sunscreen to protect the crowd enjoying the sunny day.