Sacred A celebration to honor survivors of child abuse

"Every child deserves dignity and care...every family deserves hope and help" - Dr. Sangita Rangala

Approximately 1 in 6 boys and 1 in 4 girls are sexually abused before the age of 18, according to the CDC. Despite the alarming incidence of childhood sexual abuse, providers of this kind of specialty care are remarkably limited in Illinois.

Nearly 160 patients were seen at Edward Hospital's Care Center last year

Edward Hospital’s Care Center is the only program of its type in Chicago’s western and southwestern suburbs. Without the Care Center in Naperville, children would be referred to Chicago, Rockford or as far away as Peoria to await their care.

The CARE Center has received patients from multiple counties in the last year including: Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McLean and Will. Entities referring children include: the Illinois Dept. of Children & Family Services, local law enforcement, the FBI, Homeland Security, social service agencies, parents, friends, schools, military bases, health care professionals, hospital emergency departments and Children’s Advocacy Centers.

The Care Center provides a safe, friendly environment

CARE Center checkups take place in a thoughtfully-organized, warm and friendly environment. Young patients are empowered to make decisions during their visit, in a therapeutic approach designed to help promote and restore each child’s sense of dignity and control.

Play therapy is facilitated by a Child Life Specialist during the visit, which may include toys or a visit from one of Edward Hospital’s therapy dogs.

Promoting overall health, with a head-to-toe checkup

Exams include a head-to-toe checkup much like a routine physical, emphasizing overall health. Specialized portions of the exam are quick, pain-free, non-invasive and tailored to each patient’s specific needs.

If the situation requires, evidence collection, medical testing and treatment are also provided.

Children leave the Care Center with a renewed sense of hope

Children that enter feeling deeply fearful or ashamed often leave feeling confident with a renewed sense of hope.

Families find relief and patients find empowerment thanks to a unique approach that combines expert care, compassion and respect.

Meet Dr. Sangita Rangala, Care Center Medical Director

Sangita Rangala, MD, specializes in Emergency Medicine. She was Chief Resident at Cook County Hospital Emergency Department and is on staff at the Edward Hospital Emergency Department. She serves as the Medical Director of the Edward Hospital Care Center, and has taken 24 hour call for the past 17 years, given that she is one of a handful of physicians who provide these services in Illinois.

Dr. Rangala has been recognized for her work in the Care Center, receiving honors from community organizations, including the 2017 Distinguished Service Award from the Naperville Jaycees, the 2016 Care Award from the Exchange Club of Naperville, and the Partnership Award from the Will County Children’s Advocacy Center, among others.

Bringing together dance and medicine

Dr. Rangala is also a performer, teacher, and choreographer of classical Indian dance. She teaches this art form through her dance school, Anand Dance, in Naperville.

Dr. Rangala is committed to using both medicine and dance as vehicles for service, for spiritual growth, for nurturing of the divinity within us all, and for spreading peace, love and joy.

She studied classical music on the Veena under Mrs. Ranga Narayanan, and was blessed to study Kuchipudi dance from Padmabhushan Dr. Vempati Chinna Sathyam in Chennai, and Sangeet Natak Akademi Puruskar Guru Rathna Kumar of Houston, as well as Odissi from Padmavibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra of Bhuvaneshwar and Nritya Choodamani Guru Sujata Mohapatra.

Dr. Rangala has performed in India, the US, Canada and Europe, earning appreciation for her strong, yet sensitive approach, rooted in spirituality.

Sacred fundraiser to sustain operations, provide certification training

The recent passage of House Bill 5245 requires Illinois hospitals to either provide sexual abuse examinations onsite or have a referral agreement with an area provider. As most hospitals are not expected to offer adequate pediatric specialty coverage, the CARE Center anticipates increased patient volumes.

Serving children in need will require additional specialty training of Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiners (SANE training). Anticipating this need, Dr. Sangita Rangala, who conducts exams and oversees the medical operations of the CARE Center, has personally offered to organize and produce a fundraising event to support Edward Foundation’s CARE Center Fund.

Funds raised will offset educational costs to train SANE certified nurses and fund patient care expenses for children seen at the CARE Center.

CARE Center operations at Edward Hospital depend directly on charitable support secured through Edward Foundation’s CARE Center Fund. Charitable investment from physicians, hospital employees, businesses and grant-making organizations like The Exchange Club of Naperville, have provided vital funds to help fund the CARE Center’s efforts to serve this vulnerable patient population.

In support of the important work being undertaken by Dr. Rangala and her team to restore a sense of dignity and well-being to these children and their families, we’re asking area businesses to join us in supporting her Sacred dance event

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