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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‘They didn’t give up; I’m beyond grateful’

Despite being a labor and delivery nurse for 12 years, nothing prepared Jamie Miller to face what lay ahead. But surrounded by her fellow compassionate team members at Advocate Condell Medical Center, Jamie survived and so did baby Michael. After losing their daughter, Lauren, to pediatric cancer a few years ago,…...

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Spreading joy and hope during the holidays

Elizabeth collects, wraps and delivers thousands of ornaments for patients at local hospitals and assisted living centers every holiday season. Fourteen years ago, Elizabeth Elliot was inspired by a little girl’s reaction to the gift of a Christmas ornament. “Santa brings me a new ornament every year,” explained Elizabeth. “I…...

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Building hope brick by brick

Adam (second from left) recently made Bricks of Hope’s first donation of 70 new LEGO sets to Advocate Children’s Hospital. In 2001, Adam Petraglia was 10 years old and doing everything a kid should be doing: going to school, hanging out with friends, playing soccer. He was happy and healthy.…...

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Making a difference one toy at a time

Team members were delighted to accept a donation of 80 handmade toys from Twin Lakes Toy Makers. David and Julie Martin make magic. They both have full-time jobs but have the flexibility to work from anywhere. So, they split their time between Twin Lakes, WI, and a community in Florida.…...

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‘We could never thank her enough’

Easton Stacy and Tim Weber never expected to feel so much gratitude toward a person doing their job. But it wasn’t just any person – it was a compassionate and kind nurse who cared for them during the birth of their first child. “If there was ever a nurse who…...

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Committed to health equity

At Advocate Aurora Health, our mission is to help people live well. To do that, we must improve the longevity and quality of life for all patients and communities we serve. ​ Health equity is about closing gaps in outcomes, care and well-being for patients, communities and team members. Advocate…...

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‘This is what it looks like to be invested in the health of a community’

Isaac Jordan Isaac Jordan wasn’t originally looking for a volunteer position at Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic, but it’s exactly what he ended up finding. It was the beginning of 2019, and he was a graduate student in physical therapy at Concordia University. “I was part of the multicultural interprofessional student…...

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Meet Dr. Hannah Graham

Dr. Graham with her 2-year-old daughter The Adult Down Syndrome Center welcomed a new physician in September. But Dr. Hannah Graham isn’t exactly new to the Center. “I did my residency at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital and during my time there, I got to work with patients at the Center,”…...

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Your gifts provide team members with rest and renewal

Health care workers deal with pressure and tension every day, but COVID-19 has caused more stress and additional challenges. “Since the beginning of the pandemic, there’s been a clear sense that people are showing up to work and giving so deeply of themselves and their time and energy. They’re physically…...

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Improving health equity through research

Dr. Veronica Fitzpatrick For doctors and clinicians to treat patients as effectively as possible, they need research and data that reflect a population as diverse as the people they serve. “What we’ve found in clinical trials at Advocate Aurora Health – and across the country – is that participants tend…...

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