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 your gifts provide critical mental health services close to home

Paula Ulch earned her Post-Masters Psychiatric Nursing Certificate so she could work directly with patients and help them when they need it most. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the need for mental health services is on the rise. But even before the pandemic became widespread, the Aurora West Allis Medical…...

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Team member donors get an up-close look at Sheboygan hospital construction

Team members on the tour: (L-R) Rachel Rupnik, Carissa Ott, Ingrid Finley, Kristine Feustel, Adele Stich, hospital president Dave Graebner and Kyle Alvarez Construction of the new Aurora Medical Center in Sheboygan County recently hit a milestone of the “halfway mark” and some Advocate Aurora Health team members got an…...

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How five brothers are helping families stay connected during COVID-19

Andreas Christy (bottom center) and his family Working in the medical field is becoming somewhat of a tradition in Andreas Christy’s family. One of his older brothers is in medical school. Another is studying to become a dentist. Andreas, a college senior, is also planning to attend medical school. So,…...

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Don’t wait when it comes to getting your mammogram

Judith, a breast cancer survivor, wants to remind other women to make mammograms a priority. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Nationally, one out of eight women will hear the words “you have breast cancer” at some point in their lifetime. Last year, roughly one-third of the women in Wisconsin…...

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You can provide comfort for grieving parents

Being pregnant and having a baby is one of the most hopeful and promising moments in a soon-to-be mother or father’s life.  But the reality is that some parents never get to live out that future with their newborn. “One of the hardest things imaginable is being discharged from the…...

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How healthy doctors make healthy patients

Dr. Charles Crotteau Charles Crotteau, MD, has been a family medicine doctor for 20 years. A lot has changed in medicine over that time. Like many physicians, he worries about burnout among his colleagues, or even himself. “Physician and clinician burnout has been a problem for years that has really…...

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Helping provide care with COVID-19 symptom relief kits

As COVID-19 continued to grow, our caregivers wanted to not only help those hospitalized, but also those who were discharged from the Emergency Department (ED) to recover at home – especially at our centers that serve a disproportionate number of underserved patients. From that desire to provide health to all,…...

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You can support our health care heroes in crisis

Maria* is a single mom of two children and admits, at times, it’s been hard to make ends meet. “I’ve struggled financially since my divorce several years ago. I never got any meaningful child support and I had to reinvent myself and my career a few times just to keep…...

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Building strength, balance and friendship through exercise

Julia Wallace was finishing physical therapy after a knee replacement when she mentioned to her therapist that it would be nice to have a refresher class to keep up with her exercises. “That’s when she told me about the Strong Bodies program,” said Julia. “I was very interested, and when…...

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Your support helps nurses ‘dream bigger’ to better care for patients

Tina Banialis is Advocate Children’s Hospital’s 2020 Nurse of the Year. Nursing excellence has always been a key part of the culture at Advocate Children’s Hospital. And now it’s being officially recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. “We’re thrilled to announce, that for the first time, Advocate Children’s Hospital…...

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