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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Honoring those impacted by COVID-19

A rendering of the new healing garden at Aurora Medical Center in Sheboygan County courtesy of HGA To date, there have been 753 cases of COVID-19 in Sheboygan County, WI. Nine people have lost their lives. The numbers in our community may seem small compared to more urban areas, but…...

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Innovative technology helped Paul get his freedom back

Paul and his grandchild a month before he had his stroke The day was July 16, 2015, a day Paul and Sharon Larsen will never forget. In the morning, Paul was chasing wasps from the top of his roof. He biked and played tennis. At the age of 67, Paul…...

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How young people are making an impact during COVID-19

Not Your Father’s Foundation in La Grange, IL, is not your typical charitable organization. It’s run by a group of young philanthropists working to inspire the spirit of giving in people their own age. “Our parents started their own foundation, One for the Kids, which has been a longtime supporter…...

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You can help team members advance their expertise to provide the best care possible

Becoming a physician, advanced practice clinician, nurse or other health care specialist requires many years of education before earning a license or board certification. In subsequent years, continuing education is necessary to maintain their license. At Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, our clinical care teams look beyond the baseline continuing…...

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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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