Good Samaritan gives 100th COVID-19 patient discharged an emotional send-off

  • Gene Pouliot gets a big hug from his wife, Kris, as he exits Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital after a nearly three-week stay. He was the hospital's 100th COVID-19 patient discharge.

    Gene Pouliot gets a big hug from his wife, Kris, as he exits Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital after a nearly three-week stay. He was the hospital's 100th COVID-19 patient discharge. Courtesy of Advocate good Samaritan

  • On his exit from Advocate Good Samaritan after a weekslong stay for COVID-19, Gene Pouliot releases balloons to signify hope for the patients still undergoing treatment and for the hospital staff working to save them.

    On his exit from Advocate Good Samaritan after a weekslong stay for COVID-19, Gene Pouliot releases balloons to signify hope for the patients still undergoing treatment and for the hospital staff working to save them. Courtesy of Advocate good Samaritan

 
Submitted by Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital
Updated 4/28/2020 3:06 PM

As the "Rocky" theme song "Gonna Fly Now" played overhead, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove celebrated a victory of its own fighter Eugene "Gene" Pouliot.

Pouliot, 68, was the hospital's 100th COVID-19 patient discharge, a mighty milestone for the Lyons resident and for his care team. He was discharged after a nearly three-week stay in the hospital.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

It was an emotional send-off as nurses, physicians and support services team members lined the hallways to cheer and celebrate his triumphant recovery.

Upon his exit, he was reunited with his wife, Kris.

As a parting gesture, Pouliot released balloons to signify hope for the remaining patients undergoing treatment at Advocate Good Samaritan and for the nurses and doctors working to save them.

"We (at Advocate Good Samaritan) were all so happy to see him going home after everything he had been through, including being ventilated in the critical care unit," says Libby Black, a nurse who was part of Pouliot's care team. "We were all in tears seeing him and his wife in that huge embrace. It's great to have some good news in the midst of these very challenging times."

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