“The last two years have been the most challenging of my four decades in health care.”
After more than 30 years at NorthShore University Health System, the President of Evanston Hospital stopped by Evanston Township High School recently to reflect on the pandemic, his high school experience and the education-to-employment pipeline in Evanston.
Doug Silverstein first arrived at Evanston Hospital as an intern in 1981. A Northwestern alum, his experience includes time at Rush and Weiss hospitals in Chicago before returning to Evanston. Since 1992 he has split his time evenly between NorthShore’s Evanston and Glenbrook hospitals.
With 15% to 25% of health-care workers leaving the profession in the wake of the pandemic, Northshore has more than 1,500 open positions across their entire system. A new partnership between NorthShore and the City of Evanston called “Aspire” uses funding from the American Rescue Plan Act and aims to accelerate health-care careers by providing internships, job shadowing opportunities, scholarships and other career resources for local high school students and young adults.
In this edition of People You Should Know, Doug Silverstein is interviewed by Keith Robinson, ETHS Associate Principal. Robinson has been in his current role at ETHS since 2017 after serving as Assistant Principal at Niles North High School. Prior to that he taught English at ETHS from 2001 to 2005.
People You Should Know is a video series produced as a joint project of the RoundTable, the Evanston Chamber of Commerce and Byline Bank.