life is measured in hours, not years, each moment is significant.
that Benita Bjorgo and Joe Van Sloun shared with their son, Aaron, before he
died are among their most cherished memories. They were shaped in part by the
sensitivity and compassion the couple observed in the nurses and doctors who
cared for them at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.
was being prepared to be transferred to the NICU at Children’s, the nurses made
sure that I saw him as I remained on the Operating Room table,” recalled
Benita. “They took many pictures for us. And when Joe went to be with Aaron in
the NICU while I was in recovery, the staff sat with me so I would not be
alone. I could see the concern and caring in their eyes.”
addition to losing Aaron, who was a triplet born prematurely, the couple lost
his sisters, Faith and Grace. The conjoined twins had passed away in the womb.
couple has also known the happiness of welcoming two healthy children into
their family. Ryan, age 6, is their oldest; and Rose, born earlier this year,
is their youngest.
Abbott Northwestern and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota opened
The Mother Baby Center, bringing together under one roof the entire spectrum of
care for mothers, babies and families.
their pregnancies were high-risk, the couple made sure to choose a doctor who
would deliver at Abbott Northwestern and The Mother Baby Center. “We knew that
they offered premiere care – now we can appreciate what that means,” said
In each delivery,
whether joyful or heartbreaking, the care they received left a deep impression.
These experiences made a profound difference in how they think about their
lives, their community and their legacy.
to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is one way the couple chose to
express their gratitude for excellent, compassionate care, while demonstrating
their hope for the future.
to leave a legacy for our children of compassion, resilience and making a
difference for others,” said Benita. “Giving to Abbott Northwestern Hospital
Foundation fulfills that goal.”
Make a gift today to
The Mother Baby Center to help families and infants throughout the community and across the region.
Benita Bjorgo and Joe Van Sloun with their children, Ryan and Rose.