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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Thanking our health care heroes one meal at a time

When COVID-19 slowed his catering business to a halt, Ravi Jayara wanted to do something to show he cared about health care workers on the frontlines of the pandemic. “We’re in a position to help, and I wanted to give back,” he explained. So, he and his team at Chic…...

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Change for a Cause

(L-R) Jennifer Xiong, Kierra Moore and Alyssa Nelson, part of the Change for a Cause team at the Starbucks inside Aurora St. Luke’s The idea started with customers at the Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center Starbucks, but team members quickly turned it into a tradition. “We had a lot of…...

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‘Narrative medicine completely changed my life for the better’

Haley (bottom right) with her family As a young child, Haley Schwartz was diagnosed with a fast, abnormal heart rate. When she was older, she developed vasovagal syncope, a heart condition that causes dizziness and fainting. It got worse in middle school and by high school, she felt so ill…...

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Judy Gardetto donates $1.1M to enhance care for older adults

Judy Gardetto’s generous gift will expand and enhance care for aging adults. Community philanthropist and founder of Gardetto’s snack mix, Judy Gardetto, will donate $1.1 million to enhance care for older patients through Aurora Health Care’s Aging Well initiative. This generous gift will help Advocate Aurora Health transform the health…...

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How philanthropy helps ensure continued nursing excellence

Being granted Magnet® status by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) is one of the highest honors a hospital can receive. It indicates a hospital has the best in nursing care, an engaging work environment and a culture of excellence and innovation. And philanthropy plays a role as Advocate Children’s…...

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‘He will fuel me until the day I hang up my stethoscope’

I have been an emergency medicine physician for almost 20 years. I have worked through numerous disasters, and I’m used to the daily grind of heart attacks, gunshots, strokes, flu, traumas and more – it’s par for the course in my field. Yet nothing has made me feel the way…...

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How to keep employees safe amid COVID-19

The United States is nearing 2 million positive cases of COVID-19, with over 100,000 deaths. But thankfully, most areas are steadily flattening the curve. As states begin to open up and employees return to the workplace, employers need to put plans in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. Based…...

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Fighting cancer with spirit, creativity and compassion

Darrell couldn’t bring actual flowers for his nurses because of COVID-19, so he decided to get creative. Darrell McCully and his wife, Vivian, moved to Grafton, Wisconsin from Tennessee three years ago to spend their retirement with children and grandchildren. They were motivated to move because of family, but also…...

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What it means to be a team

Pediatric nurse Danielle was among the first to volunteer to help on the adult side in the fight against COVID-19. COVID-19 is bringing out the best in team members across Advocate Aurora Health. At Advocate Children’s Hospital, several nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists have stepped up and volunteered to work…...

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You are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, our team members have come to work each day to fearlessly care for our patients. And because of your generosity, those same team members have the support and inspiration they need during these unprecedented times. We are so humbled by the generosity of donors like you.…...

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