Mr. James H. Skogsbergh
President and Chief Executive Officer
Advocate Health Care
2025 Windsor Drive
Oak Brook, Il 60523
Dear Mr. Skogsbergh:
On behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), we are writing to you about the employment of Russell L. Romano. He is a counselor for Advocate Health Care in the Illinois Professional Health Program (IPHP) at your Des Plaines location.
Mr. Romano is a former priest who was determined by the Archdiocese of Chicago to be a perpetrator of sexual abuse of minors. SNAP has learned that both the Archdiocese of Chicago and Advocate Health Care were made aware of this grave situation and we are saddened to learn that a pedophile has been allowed to continue to be employed by Advocate.
We are asking you to immediately terminate his employment; investigate the circumstances that allowed him to be hired; and determine why he remained employed once Advocate learned of his past.
We also urge you to aggressively seek out – through public announcements, internal newsletters and other means - anyone who may have seen, suspected or suffered crimes or misdeeds by him during his time with Advocate.
Thank you for your prompt attention to this urgent matter.