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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Little hearts need big love

By Kevin Fitch When I tell people that I will be running the Chicago Marathon, many reply, “Now, why would you want to go and do that?” For many years, I felt the same way. Although I had completed many 5Ks, 10Ks and triathlons, the marathon seemed painful and boring.…...

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The traveling survivor

By Stuart M. Sankovitch On December 22, 1994, after a routine check-up at the pediatrician, my parents received news that their three-year-old son could have a brain tumor. Thanks to Dr. Hansen, I was rushed to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, where a thorough examination could be done. Dr. John Ruge…...

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An open letter to my son’s brain surgeon

By April Schippers What words do I use when no words exist to truly capture what you mean to our family? It was six long years ago that I first met you. We were in a dark, cramped x-ray room just a few doors down the hall from where Isaac…...

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A single stroke

By Ashley Burton, RN I still have trouble believing it happened, but at the age of 30, I had a stroke. While out for a run, I noticed a cramp in my shoulder, similar to a Charlie horse. When I got home the pain traveled down my arm and up…...

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Every second counts

Ginny was brought to the ER after suffering from numbness in her face and difficulty speaking and walking. Unfortunately, it turned out that those were just a few of the signs Ginny’s body showed when she suffered a major stroke at the mere age of 46. “I was completely taken…...

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Shaping the health care of tomorrow

The Leona Loeber Memorial Cancer Research Laboratory was dedicated in 2006, thanks to a generous gift by the Loeber Family, made in memory of their late mother, Leona Loeber, a patient with melanoma who was cared for at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital. This week the Loeber family visited the lab…...

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Surviving cancer: The path of positivity

By Peggy Brosnan On June 8, 2012, I received the phone call that is everyone’s worst nightmare: my biopsy came back positive for cancer. When the surgeon told me the news, I remember feeling numb, as if all of my blood had rushed out of my body. Literally, within moments…...

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Practice makes perfect: How simulation labs position clinicians for success

  Four nurses gather around the bedside as the attending physician reviews the patient’s information. “Charlotte Thomas, 28-year-old female, was admitted today for induction of labor for pre-eclampsia. The patient has had protracted labor, and is progressing and dilating slowly. She started pushing one hour ago with good effort.” Two…...

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Rapid recovery through robotics

Sarah Consiglio, RN, BSN, is in the operating room at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital before the sun comes up. As the scrub nurse for the day’s first surgery, she prepping the room and sterilizing equipment. She then turns her attention to the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. This state-of-the-art surgical…...

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Helping little hearts

By Betsy Shannon For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a mom. When that time finally came, it seemed our road to a family was paved with loss after loss. When we finally made it to twelve weeks, I was overjoyed, however, at a routine level…...

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