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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Don’t wait when it comes to getting your mammogram

Judith, a breast cancer survivor, wants to remind other women to make mammograms a priority. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nationally, one out of eight women will hear the words “you have breast cancer” at some point in their lifetime. Last year, roughly one-third of the women in Wisconsin…...

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You can provide comfort for grieving parents

Being pregnant and having a baby is one of the most hopeful and promising moments in a soon-to-be mother or father’s life.  But the reality is that some parents never get to live out that future with their newborn. “One of the hardest things imaginable is being discharged from the…...

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How healthy doctors make healthy patients

Dr. Charles Crotteau Charles Crotteau, MD, has been a family medicine doctor for 20 years. A lot has changed in medicine over that time. Like many physicians, he worries about burnout among his colleagues, or even himself. “Physician and clinician burnout has been a problem for years that has really…...

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Helping provide care with COVID-19 symptom relief kits

As COVID-19 continued to grow, our caregivers wanted to not only help those hospitalized, but also those who were discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) to recover at home – especially at our centers that serve a disproportionate number of underserved patients. From that desire to provide health to all,…...

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You can support our health care heroes in crisis

Maria* is a single mom of two children and admits, at times, it’s been hard to make ends meet. “I’ve struggled financially since my divorce several years ago. I never got any meaningful child support and I had to reinvent myself and my career a few times just to keep…...

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Building strength, balance and friendship through exercise

Julia Wallace was finishing physical therapy after a knee replacement when she mentioned to her therapist that it would be nice to have a refresher class to keep up with her exercises. “That’s when she told me about the Strong Bodies program,” said Julia. “I was very interested, and when…...

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Your support helps nurses ‘dream bigger’ to better care for patients

Tina Banialis is Advocate Children’s Hospital’s 2020 Nurse of the Year. Nursing excellence has always been a key part of the culture at Advocate Children’s Hospital. And now it’s being officially recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “We’re thrilled to announce, that for the first time, Advocate Children’s Hospital…...

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An old laundry basket and a new connection

A photo of Tracy’s late mother, Doris, and the laundry basket with her name on it Tracy Fischer is a grateful patient who underwent knee surgery at Aurora Medical Center in Manitowoc County. She also received in-home care through Aurora Health at Home. This is her story. If I was…...

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Improving patient outcomes thanks to donors like you

Clinicians practice with airway task trainers so they’re prepared to help patients breathe in emergency situations. It started as a quality improvement project in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Advocate Children’s Hospital, but since the COVID-19 pandemic began, it’s evolved into much more. “We wanted to be better…...

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How you can support at-risk children and their families during COVID-19

Robert, who’s 11, is known for his bright smile. For kids like 11-year-old Robert Bursey, any trip outside the home is risky and time consuming. Going to a doctor’s appointment can be a real challenge. “Robert has cerebral palsy and depends on a tracheostomy tube and a ventilator to breathe,”…...

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