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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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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How to keep employees safe amid COVID-19

The United States is nearing 2 million positive cases of COVID-19, with over 100,000 deaths. But thankfully, most areas are steadily flattening the curve. As states begin to open up and employees return to the workplace, employers need to put plans in place to keep everyone safe and healthy. Based…...

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Fighting cancer with spirit, creativity and compassion

Darrell couldn’t bring actual flowers for his nurses because of COVID-19, so he decided to get creative. Darrell McCully and his wife, Vivian, moved to Grafton, Wisconsin from Tennessee three years ago to spend their retirement with children and grandchildren. They were motivated to move because of family, but also…...

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What it means to be a team

Pediatric nurse Danielle was among the first to volunteer to help on the adult side in the fight against COVID-19. COVID-19 is bringing out the best in team members across Advocate Aurora Health. At Advocate Children’s Hospital, several nurses, physicians and respiratory therapists have stepped up and volunteered to work…...

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You are making a difference in the fight against COVID-19

Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, our team members have come to work each day to fearlessly care for our patients. And because of your generosity, those same team members have the support and inspiration they need during these unprecedented times. We are so humbled by the generosity of donors like you.…...

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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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