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How the community is stepping up during COVID-19

Over the last several weeks, businesses, organizations and individuals have all stepped up to show their support of Advocate Aurora Health team members in ways big and small. All of it provides a much-needed boost of morale to team members on the frontlines of this epidemic.

One example of this generosity was from the staff from Elgin Community College. They recently showed up at the loading dock at Advocate Sherman Medical Center with 3 carloads full of donated supplies including gloves, gowns and masks to help team members treating patients with COVID-19.

“Sherman has been a great clinical partner for the health professions programs at ECC. When we heard the hospital needed Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), we quickly pulled a team together to gather supplies for a donation,” shared Wendy Miller, Dean of Health Professions, Math, Science, and Engineering.

“It was quite a remarkable feeling to know we were helping protect our community, especially since many of the health care professionals who work at Sherman are ECC alumni,” Wendy said.

Organizations have provided medical supplies, restaurants have provided meals and many others are sending signs of support. Throughout our system the community is expressing gratitude for our health care workers who are fighting to help people heal and get well.

“Health care is a team sport, and we are grateful to our communities for their willingness to help our team members effectively provide care,” shared Randy Varju, President of Advocate Aurora Health Foundations. “It makes me incredibly proud to know that when our community faced a health crisis, our team members selflessly answered the call. And when those team members needed extra support, our community did everything they could to stand with them.”

To learn more about what supplies are being accepted at this time, or other ways you can donate, we encourage you to visit Advocate Charitable Foundation COVID-19 (Illinois) or Aurora Health Care Foundation COVID-19 (Wisconsin) for more details.