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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Staying connected online

One acupuncturist is finding ways to stay connected with patients, Facebook friends, and his community at this time when many people are seeking physical activity and social connection. “Following the example of youth in China and Italy, I sought to reach out to patients, friends and family alike through digital…...

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Capturing the emotions protective masks don’t hide

On the surface, it’s easy to appreciate the brave and selfless acts of our frontline health care heroes in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. And if you look deeper – past the personal protective gear and peer right into their eyes – you will see many more reasons to feel grateful…...

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Health care heroes: Setting a global standard

A team of five cardiac sonographers at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center bravely volunteered to join the frontline fight against COVID-19, and in doing so, created global best practices that more accurately identify deadly symptoms and better protect caregivers from the virus. Doctors treating severely ill COVID-19 patients in China…...

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How your support helps team members adapt during a crisis

Nurse Erica Berry (bottom, far left) with other team members at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton The COVID-19 pandemic has changed care in ways no one could predict. Erica Berry, a Patient Care Manager at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, has had to adapt as a nurse in ways she…...

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Virtual road race raises $13,000 for hospital

Matchbox and Hot Wheel toy cars inch past one another during one of the five virtual races staged by TIP 189 Racing that raised $13,000 for Advocate Condell Medical Center. Imagine you’re an amateur recreational race car driver sidelined by stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic. What would you do?…...

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Hearts for hope

When Garrett Schoenberger developed a fever and was experiencing breathing difficulty, he knew a trip to Aurora Medical Center in Oshkosh was in order. And it’s where he would spend the next 17 days, the majority of those in the intensive care unit (ICU), intubated and on a ventilator. Garrett…...

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How philanthropy helps families like Olivia’s through difficult times

Carmenia and Olivia Brooks In the best of times, life is challenging for Carmenia Brooks and her 12-year-old daughter, Olivia. “My daughter has a lot of medical issues, and I’m a single working mother,” explained Carmenia. “We also don’t have any family here to support us.” They do get care…...

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A message from Advocate Children’s Hospital President Mike Farrell

These are unprecedented times in health care. In the past couple of months, this pandemic has taken us into uncharted waters. COVID-19 is even affecting children in new ways. But I am so proud of the way Advocate Children’s Hospital and hospitals across Advocate Aurora Health have responded in caring…...

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Forever grateful for great care

Jeannie and Adam Clemens are the proud parents of Jake, who was born with tracheoesophageal fistula. Jake was born via C-section on April 3, 2019, at Advocate Children’s Hospital – Oak Lawn to Jeannie and Adam Clemens. It didn’t take long to realize that something was wrong. “He turned blue…...

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Our community cares

Kohler Co. donated 500 face shields to protect team members during the pandemic. When we launched our Health Lives Here campaign in 2018, we could not have imagined where we’d be in 2020 – in the midst of a global pandemic that’s affecting so many across the world and in…...

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