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Morris Hospital’s Yorkville Campus used as movie set

Published: Friday, June 6, 2014 9:07 p.m. CDT
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(Heidi Litchfield – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Actor Patricia Urbonas Clark portrays a nurse in the feature film, "Finding the Hope" where the storyline takes place in Oswego and Chicago, with the hospital scene being filmed in Yorkville at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers' Yorkville Campus.
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(Heidi Litchfield – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Actor Shannon Brown leans over actor Suzette Brown during a scene at the Morris Hospital and Healthcare Centers' Yorkville Campus during filming of "Finding the Hope."
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(Heidi Litchfield – hlitchfield@shawmedia.com)
Actor Deborah Ann Smith who portrays a nurse in the film stands talking to Actor Michael Gellman, who plays Dr. Davison.

YORKVILLE – From behind a closed examination room door at the Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers Yorkville Campus, a man could be overheard saying “cut.”

It wasn’t the type of cut you would expect in a health care center though. It was movie director, writer and producer Julian Grant stopping a scene in the filming of “Finding the Hope,” with lead actor Suzette Brown playing Hope and lead actor Shannon Brown portraying Andrew. Suzette Brown and Shannon Brown are the founders of Two 9 Productions, one of the production companies on the film.

“The film takes place in Oswego and Chicago, so when we reached out to local hospitals and immediate care centers, and then Morris Hospital gave us a tour and said they’d be happy to assist us, we were excited,” Suzette Brown said. “It fills all our needs.”

The movie takes place after a tragic accident when a man is alone and without hope.

“He must win back the love of his life, his wife, or risk losing her forever. This sets him off on a most unusual journey that will test his morals and values. His challenge is intensified when his wife becomes entrenched in the very faith that he has turned his back on,” according to the film’s website, www.findinghopethefilm.com.

Suzette Brown said the film is a dramatic love story that focuses on family and values.

Janet Long, public relations manager with Morris Hospital, said when she was presented with the idea she saw it as an opportunity to give the new facility in Yorkville some exposure.

“We’re able to do it here because the side they are filming in is not being used yet for patients,” Long said.

Once primary care physicians are on staff at the facility, the west side of the office where the movie is being filmed will be used for patients seeing those doctors.

On Friday, the only doctor visiting the rooms was actor Michael Gellman, who was playing Dr. Davison.

“I hope no real patients are back here and approach me,” Gellman said in jest.

Liz Montgomery, a registered nurse at the Yorkville facility, agreed to be an extra when the producers asked Long if any staff would like to be involved.

“I thought it sounded like fun,” Montgomery said as she waited to be called into action. “I’m on vacation this week, and my vacation was canceled, so I thought this would be something fun to do with my time off.”

Long said producers don’t know where the film will appear yet, but she’s excited to see it when it’s completed this fall.

Suzette Brown is a graduate of Yorkville High School and that played a large part in Morris Hospital’s decision to let them film.

“We are a part of this community now,” Long said. “With Suzette being a Yorkville High School graduate, it has a big impact.”

The actors in the film come with resumes that include “Chicago Fire,” “Family Values,” “Friends” and “Amazing Race.”

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