Making the Rounds

Welcome to Making the Rounds, Advocate Charitable Foundation’s blog focused on how philanthropy makes a difference across Advocate for our patients and their grateful families, our physicians and caregivers, hospitals and communities - and the donors themselves. Here you will also find news and stories of gifts at work made possible by the generous support of our donors and partners.

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Surviving cancer: The path of positivity

By Peggy Brosnan On June 8, 2012, I received the phone call that is everyone’s worst nightmare: my biopsy came back positive for cancer. When the surgeon told me the news, I remember feeling numb, as if all of my blood had rushed out of my body. Literally, within moments…...

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Practice makes perfect: How simulation labs position clinicians for success

Four nurses gather around the bedside as the attending physician reviews the patient’s information. “Charlotte Thomas, 28-year-old female, was admitted today for induction of labor for pre-eclampsia. The patient has had protracted labor, and is progressing and dilating slowly. She started pushing one hour ago with good effort.” Two nurses…...

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Rapid recovery through robotics

Sarah Consiglio, RN, BSN, is in the operating room at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital before the sun comes up. As the scrub nurse for the day’s first surgery, she prepping the room and sterilizing equipment. She then turns her attention to the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This state-of-the-art surgical…...

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Helping little hearts

By Betsy Shannon For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a mom. When that time finally came, it seemed our road to a family was paved with loss after loss. When we finally made it to twelve weeks, I was overjoyed, however, at a routine level…...

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Meant to be

“Trey needed us,” says Sandra Figatner. “He was meant to be my child.” The Figatner family traveled to China to adopt Trey when he was barely four years old. Sandra Figatner had seen his picture and knew her family could help this little boy with special needs. But Sandra knew…...

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First five years of life are critical for healthy brain development

For La’Tasha Lee, MS, DT, CDS, Fridays mean newborn visits in the Ambulatory Clinic at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn. This is the first visit to the pediatrician’s office for these day-old babies, but La’Tasha has decades of experience and wisdom to offer their new parents. La’Tasha is a…...

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Helping survivors heal

By Ann Adlington The statistics on sexual violence in the United States are sobering. According to the Department of Justice, there are, on average, more than 320,000 victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States every year. What is even more sobering is the fact that many of these…...

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Faith Community Nurses make big impact from cradle to grave

On a hot Friday morning, nearly 100 people gather outside Our Lady of Tepeyac Parish in Pilsen, Ill. for its weekly food pantry. Some have been waiting in line since 7 am. The pantry opens at noon. In a neighborhood where the average annual household income is $22,000 per year,…...

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Advocate Giving Campaign: A part of the tradition

Meet Dr. Tony Hampton Dr. Hampton has been a family physician with Advocate Medical Group’s Beverly Immediate Care Center for almost ten years. For the last few years, he has found great pleasure in making a gift during the Advocate Giving Campaign. Because Dr. Hampton’s wife has diabetes, he has spent most…...

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Losing to win, running to inspire

Roberto and Luis Hernandez, twins from the south side of Chicago, come from a big family with a strong Mexican-American background. While they had a great childhood, they struggled with their weight most of their lives. “When our parents were growing up, they were poor—meals were never a guarantee. They…...

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