DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. (June 2016) – Illinois State Representative Peter Breen recently stopped by Saratoga Grove and Providence of Downers Grove, speaking with residents and taking a tour of the senior living communities.
Pictured above (from left): Amy Kirchner, Manager of Rehabilitation Services at Providence of Downers Grove; Suzanne Robinson, Director of Admissions at Providence of Downers Grove; Peter Breen, State Representative; Deji Adegoye, Executive Director at Saratoga Grove and Providence of Downers Grove; and Barbara Thompson, Director of Nursing at Providence of Downers Grove.
The tour included Providence’s rehab department, where Breen expressed his amazement that clients were able to recover and return home so quickly. Executive Director Deji Adegoye took the opportunity to explain the close relationships that Providence is building with the area hospitals – a relationship that benefits both Providence and the hospitals, but most importantly, the clients.
“It’s important to us that our clients successfully rehab – we work with the managed care organization and with our therapy partner, Marianjoy, to help our clients get back home as soon as possible,” Deji said.
After the tour of next-door Saratoga Grove, residents and staff gathered in the library for a reception with the representative. More than 25 residents and staff attended the address, along with the Leading Age Illinois Director of Communications, Jason Speaks, and the representative’s wife, Margie Breen. Rep. Breen spoke about his first year and a half in office, including both his triumphs – such as having several bills submitted – and his struggles with state budget.
“Many residents actively follow politics and try to be aware of changes in government policies,” Deji said. “It’s nice for them to be able to talk to someone who is part of government, whose role can help effect some of the changes. It was a great meeting – they enjoyed it and appreciated being able to give feedback and ask questions.”
Rep. Breen (R) took office in January 2015 and serves the 48th District of Illinois, which covers all or parts of Downers Grove, Glen Ellyn, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace, Wheaton and Villa Park. He is a resident of Lombard, a constitutional attorney, and formerly served on the Lombard Village Board.