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Lifesaving care at BroMenn Medical Center Meet Matt on


									healing gifts
      Building healthier communities through charitable giving — Spring 2012

                                            Lifesaving care at
                                      BroMenn Medical Center:
                                          Meet Matt on page 4
        Seamless transitions within Advocate hospitals
      Orthopedic services at South Suburban Hospital
         Physical rehabilitation at Christ Medical Center
     Honoring a loved one at Good Samaritan Hospital
in this issue

	 1	 Letter	from	the	president

14		 Your	gifts	in	action

                                                                    	 2	 Never	give	up	
                                                                    	 	 A	car	accident	left	Terrance	Barker	paralyzed.	
                                                                         Thanks	to	innovative	physicians	at	Advocate	
                                                                         Christ	Medical	Center’s	Neurosciences	
16		 Make	a	gift	through	Advocate	Charitable	Foundation                  Institute	he	was	able	to	achieve	his	goal	of	
                                                                         becoming	a	lawyer.
Visit	Advocate	Charitable	Foundation	at	
to	make	a	gift	via	credit	card,	RSVP	for	an	upcoming	special	event	 	 4		Matt’s	miracle
or	learn	more	about	current	fundraising	priorities.	                	 	 When	Matt	Westendorf’s	heart	stopped	
                                                                         without	warning,	the	expert	medical	staff	at	
Healing Gifts	is	the	magazine	of	Advocate	Charitable	Foundation.	        Advocate	BroMenn	Medical	Center	gave	him	
Three	times	a	year,	it	brings	you	stories	of	those	whose	lives	are	      his	life	back.
touched	by	contributed	funds	at	work.
                                                                    	 8	 Getting	her	groove	back
                                                                    	 	 After	double	knee	replacement	at	Advocate	
                                                                         South	Suburban	Hospital,	Noreen	Benda	is	
                                                                         back	doing	the	things	she	loves.

                                                                    	10	 Rapid	response
                                                                    	 	 When	6-year-
                                                                         old	Raj	Gandhi	
                                                                         became	critically	
                                                                         ill,	doctors	within	
                                                                         the	Advocate	
                                                                         Health	Care	
                                                                         system	seamlessly	
                                                                         transitioned	him	
                                                                         from	his	community	hospital	to	one	that	
                                                                         provided	lifesaving	pediatric	care.

                                                                    	12	 In	honor	of	their	son
                                                                    	 	 Bob	and	Betsy	Holland	were	devastated	
                                                                         after	they	lost	their	son,	Ken,	in	a	car	
                                                                         accident	more	than	20	years	ago.	They	have	
                                                                         since	channeled	their	energy	into	making	a	
                                                                         difference	in	Ken’s	name	at	Advocate	Good	
                                                                         Samaritan	Hospital.

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healing gifts                welcome to

 Advocate Health Care,	one	of	the	
 nation’s	top	10	health	systems	based	
 on	clinical	performance,	is	the	largest	
 health	care	provider	in	Illinois.	Advocate	
 operates	more	than	250	sites	of	care,	
 including	10	hospitals,	two	integrated	
                                               				he	mission	of	Advocate	Health	Care	is	rooted	in	its	history		
                                               as	a	network	of	community	hospitals	that	had	been	built—	
                                               with	the	philanthropic	support	of	their	communities—to	provide	
                                               quality	care,	close	to	home.	Thankfully,	this	continues	today,	but	
 children’s	hospitals,	five	Level	I	Trauma	
 Centers	(the	state’s	highest	designation	
                                               the	resources	now	available	extend	far	beyond	what	you	might	
 in	trauma	care),	a	home	health	care	          expect	to	find	in	your	own	backyard.	Matt	Westendorf’s	story,	
 company	and	one	of	the	region’s		
 largest	medical	groups.	A	not-for-profit,	    which	you’ll	read	in	the	pages	that	follow,	might	not	have	had	
 mission-based	health	system	affiliated	
                                               such	a	happy	ending	if	Advocate	BroMenn	Medical	Center		
 with	the	Evangelical	Lutheran	Church		
 in	America	and	the	United	Church		            were	not	capable	of	providing	hypothermia	therapy	for	victims		
 of	Christ,	Advocate	contributed	more	
 than	$473	million	in	charitable	care		        of	cardiac	arrest,	for	instance.	
 and	services	to	communities	across	
 Illinois	in	2010.	                            Advocate	additionally	offers	the	individuals,	families	and	
 Advocate	BroMenn	Medical	Center	
                                               communities	it	serves	much	more	than	hospital-specific	pockets	
 Advocate	Christ	Medical	Center
                                               of	excellence.	Increasingly,	as	part	of	an	integrated	health	care	
 Advocate	Condell	Medical	Center
 Advocate	Eureka	Hospital                      system,	Advocate’s	caregivers,	hospitals	and	other	sites	of	care	
 Advocate	Good	Samaritan	Hospital              are	coordinating	their	activities	to	deliver	the	kind	of	inspiring	
 Advocate	Good	Shepherd	Hospital               medicine	that	so	profoundly	changed	the	lives	of	Jigar,	Kim	and	
 Advocate	at	Home/Advocate	Hospice
                                               Raj	Gandhi—whose	story	you’ll	also	read.
 Advocate	Hope	Children’s	Hospital
 Advocate	Illinois	Masonic		
                                               It’s	a	team	effort,	and	donors	like	you	are	a	critical	part	of	the	
 Medical	Center	
 Advocate	Lutheran	General		                   team.	Thank	you	for	helping	give	our	caregivers	the	tools	they	
 Children’s	Hospital
                                               need	to	do	their	very	best	work.
 Advocate	Lutheran	General	Hospital
 Advocate	Medical	Group                        Randy A. Varju, FAHP, CFRE
 Advocate	South	Suburban	Hospital
                                               President and Chief Development Officer
 Advocate	Trinity	Hospital
                                               Advocate Charitable Foundation
 Dreyer	Medical	Clinic

                                                                              Spring	2012	–	healing gifts 	–	1
never give up
              A	car	accident	left	Terrance	Barker	paralyzed.	Thanks	to	innovative	
              physicians	at	Advocate	Christ	Medical	Center’s	Neurosciences	
              Institute	he	was	able	to	achieve	his	goal	of	becoming	a	lawyer.

         ver	since	he	was	a	boy,	Terrance	Barker	had	               “My	legs	were	in	a	constant	fetal	position,”	says	
         dreamed	of	becoming	a	lawyer—of	representing	a	         Terrance,	whose	spasticity	also	made	it	difficult	for	him	
         client	in	front	of	a	judge,	arguing	a	position	based	   to	breathe	through	his	mouth	or	nose,	requiring	the	
on	established	law	and	being	a	voice	for	justice.	But	that	      continued	use	of	a	tracheostomy	tube.	“I	couldn’t	do	
dream	was	almost	cut	short	in	January	2003	when,	only	           anything.”	
three	semesters	shy	of	completing	his	law	degree	at	
DePaul	University,	he	was	paralyzed	in	a	car	accident.	A	        Finding relief
fracture	of	his	C4	vertebra	left	Terrance	with	no	sensory	or	
                                                                 Approaching	desperation,	Terrance	took	the	advice	
motor	function	in	his	legs,	hands	or	wrists	and	very	little	
                                                                 of	some	of	his	fellow	rehab	patients	and	scheduled	
function	in	his	elbows	and	shoulders.	He	was	also	unable	
                                                                 an	appointment	with	Roy	Adair,	MD,	the	nationally	
to	breathe	on	his	
own,	requiring	the	
                                                                                                         physiatrist	who	
use	of	a	mechanical	
                                                                                                         directs	the	
                                                                                                         Spasticity	Clinic	at	
    Barker	spent	
                                                                                                         Advocate Christ
two	months	as	
                                                                                                         Medical Center’s
an	inpatient	in	the	
Chicago	hospital	
                                                                                                         Institute.	Dr.	Adair	
where	he	was	taken	
                                                                                                         helped	pioneer	
by	ambulance	
                                                                                                         the	medical	
after	the	accident.	
                                                                                                         center’s	program	in	
From	there,	he	
                                                                                                         Intrathecal	Baclofen	
was	transferred	to	
                                                                                                         Therapy	(ITB),	a	
a	nursing	facility,	
where	he	was	
                                                                                                         treatment	that	
weaned	from	the	
                                                                                                         delivers	medication	
ventilator	that	had	
                                                                                                         directly	to	the	
been	helping	him	
                                                                                                         fluid	around	the	
breathe.	He	then	
                                                                                                         spinal	cord,	where	
spent	three	months	
                                                                 spasticity	originates.	Taken	orally,	even	large	doses	of	
in	intensive	physical	and	occupational	therapy	to	learn	
                                                                 the	drug	cannot	control	severe	spasticity,	while	at	the	
skills	for	adapting	to	his	new	situation	and	regain	as	much	
                                                                 same	time	causing	excessive	sedation	and	cognitive	
independence	as	possible.	
                                                                 impairments.	Targeting	the	drug	directly	to	the	appropriate	
    His	progress,	however,	was	limited	because	of	severe	
                                                                 receptors	multiplies	the	efficacy	thousands	of	times	and	
spasticity—a	condition	that	can	result	from	neurological	
                                                                 produces	far	fewer	side	effects.
disorders	including	brain	injury,	stroke,	cerebral	palsy,	
                                                                    	“I	really	wanted	to	help	Terrance	get	back	to	law	
multiple	sclerosis	or,	as	in	Terrance’s	case,	spinal-cord	
                                                                 school,	but	his	severe	spasticity	was	making	it	impossible	
injury.	Spasticity	causes	an	abnormal	tightening	of	the	
                                                                 to	move	ahead	with	any	other	treatment,”	says	Dr.	Adair.	
muscles,	leading	to	constant,	involuntary	contractions	
                                                                 “His	life	was	literally	on	hold—medically,	socially	and	
and	making	it	difficult—or	impossible—to	perform	even	
the	most	simple	of	tasks.	
                                                                    From	their	initial	meeting,	Terrance	felt	he	was	in	good	
              2	–	healing gifts –	Spring	2012
hands.	“Dr.	Adair	is	calming,	confident	and	powerful	in	his	
demeanor,”	he	says.	Terrance	explained	that	he	planned	
to	return	to	law	school,	and	Dr.	Adair	assured	him	he	
would	do	all	he	could	to	help	him	get	there.	“I	had	worked	
so	hard	to	become	a	lawyer,	I	wasn’t	going	to	allow	the	
accident	to	defeat	me,”	he	says.	“I	had	to	go	back.”	
    The	first	step	was	a	test	injection	of	baclofen,	the	anti-
spasticity	medication.	“Miraculously,	my	muscles	relaxed	
and	my	legs	straightened	out,”	says	Terrance.	
    Next,	neurosurgeon	Keith	Schaible,	MD,	implanted	a	
pump	in	the	abdominal	wall,	with	a	catheter	inserted	into	
the	spine	to	deliver	the	medicine	directly	to	the	spinal	
cord	fluid.	“Before	the	pump,	the	spasticity	made	me	lean	
terribly	in	my	wheelchair,	and	just	hitting	a	slight	bump	
on	the	sidewalk	would	set	off	a	spasm,”	says	Terrance.	
“It	was	embarrassing.	Being	able	to	sit	normally	in	my	
wheelchair	was	an	enormous	emotional	boost.”
    Over	the	next	few	months,	Terrance	continued	to	
see	Dr.	Adair	for	fine-tuning	of	the	pump’s	programming	
and	medication	dosage.	As	he	regained	control	of	his	
muscles,	he	was	able	to	discontinue	the	tracheostomy	
tube—another	emotional	boost.	“I	was	good	to	go,”	
says	Terrance.	“I	wanted	to	hurry	up	and	get	to	the	next	
chapter	of	my	life.”

Back to school
His	father,	also	named	Terrance,	an	engineering	
technician	at	AT&T	who	has	since	retired,	purchased	a	
wheelchair-accessible	van	for	his	son's	transportation	
                                                                 New Movement Disorders
needs.	DePaul	University	equipped	him	with	tape	
                                                                 Program offers leading-edge care
recorders	for	recording	classes	and	speech	recognition	          The Neurosciences Institute at Advocate Christ
software	for	his	laptop,	and	allowed	him	to	transition	          Medical Center has developed a new Movement
gradually,	taking	one	class	at	first	and	building	up	to	a	       Disorders Program to provide highly specialized
fuller	load.	His	uncle,	Allen,	an	entrepreneur	and	painter,	     care for patients with Parkinson’s disease, essential
became	his	loyal	assistant:	He	drove	him	to	school,	             tremor or other movement-disorder conditions.
helped	him	navigate	campus,	accompanied	him	to	
                                                                 Charitable gifts are being sought so that the
classes,	opened	books,	turned	pages	and	operated	his	
                                                                 program can:
tape	recorder.	
    Terrance	passed	the	bar	exam	in	2007	and	today	              • Purchase and update surgical equipment to
practices	law	from	his	home	in	Country	Club	Hills,	                enable neurosurgeons to implant deep-brain-
specializing	in	real	estate	and	contract	law.	He	lives	with	       stimulation devices. 
his	mother,	Brenda,	an	auditor	with	the	Illinois	Auditor	        • Offer educational programs for patients with
General’s	office,	who	is	his	primary	caregiver.	A	caregiver/       movement disorders and their families.
assistant	comes	in	during	the	day	to	help	him	with	eating,	
bathing	and	other	activities	of	daily	living,	and	also	with	     • Expand research activities and increase patients’
paperwork	and	various	clerical	duties.                             access to national clinical trials.
    “I	love	my	job,	and	I	love	the	profession,”	says	            For more information or to make a gift, please
Terrance.	“Other	rehab	patients	told	me	‘Dr.	Adair	will	         call 708.684.3764.
change	your	life,’	and	they	were	right.”	■
                                                                           Spring	2012	–	healing gifts 	–	3
Matt’s miracle
                                                                                When	Matt	Westendorf’s	
                                                                                heart	stopped	without	
                                                                                warning,	the	expert	medical	
                                                                                staff	at	Advocate	BroMenn	
                                                                                Medical	Center	gave	him	
                                                                                his	life	back.

          n	the	afternoon	of	August	26,	2011,	Matt	             husband	was	DOA—dead	on	arrival.	“I	was	so	confused	
          Westendorf	left	his	job	as	a	project	management	      as	to	what	had	happened;	at	first	I	thought	he	might		
          analyst	at	COUNTRY	Financial	in	Bloomington	to	       have	been	in	a	motorcycle	accident,”	Sara	says.	“The	
grab	some	dinner	at	home	before	heading	back	to	work	           doctors	kept	asking	me	questions	about	his	health	history	
to	complete	a	big	implementation	project.	The	31-year-          and	any	symptoms	he	was	having,	and	I	kept	telling	them	
old	had	invited	a	few	friends	over	and	was	visiting	with	       that	he	was	a	healthy	young	guy	who	was	just	a	little	
them	when	he	suddenly	fell	over	in	his	chair.	Not	knowing	      stressed	out.”
what	had	happened,	a	friend	immediately	called	911	and	             The	trauma	team	successfully	revived	Matt,	but	his	
began	administering	CPR.	Paramedics	soon	arrived	and	           brain	was	without	oxygen	for	more	than	five	minutes—
determined	that	Matt	was	in	full	cardiac	arrest.	From	the	      placing	him	at	great	risk	of	severe	neurological	damage,	
time	they	started	working	on	him	at	his	home	until	they	        memory	loss	or	worse.	Fortunately,	BroMenn	Medical	
delivered	him	to	Advocate BroMenn Medical Center	               Center	offers	therapeutic	hypothermia	treatment,	which	
four	miles	away,	they	had	to	restart	his	heart	with	a	          slows	the	rate	of	damage,	protects	the	brain	from	further	
defibrillator	seven	times.                                      injury	and	preserves	brain	function	by	lowering	body	
   Matt’s	wife,	Sara,	received	the	call	at	her	job	in	          temperature.	After	a	number	of	tests	in	the	emergency	
admissions	at	Lincoln	College	in	Normal,	Illinois,	that	Matt	   room,	Matt	was	brought	to	the	intensive	care	unit	(ICU)	
was	having	a	medical	emergency	and	that	she	should	             where	staff	inserted	an	intravascular	cooling	catheter	to	
meet	him	at	the	hospital	immediately.	She	arrived	slightly	     bring	his	body	temperature	down	to	91	degrees.	
before	his	ambulance	only	to	hear	minutes	later	that	her	                                             continues on page 6

              4	–	healing gifts –	Spring	2012
Spring	2012	–	healing gifts 	–	5
   “Matt’s	initial	prognosis	was	poor,”	says	Anthony	    Touch and go
Zachria,	DO,	Matt’s	pulmonologist.	“When	his	heart	
                                                         After	24	hours,	the	physicians	gradually	began	bringing	
stopped,	it	deprived	his	brain	from	adequate	oxygen.	
                                                         Matt’s	temperature	up	to	normal,	but	he	spent	nine	days	
We	were	not	yet	sure	of	how	much	damage,	if	any,	this	
                                                         in	BroMenn’s	intensive	care	unit.	Initial	tests	had	ruled	out	
had	caused.	By	bringing	his	body	temperature	down,	we	
                                                         heart	attack	and	stroke,	but	showed	that	his	heart	was	
were	hoping	to	improve	his	neurologic	outcomes.”	
                                                         dilated	and	weak,	so	an	expert	team	of	cardiologists,	
                                                         neurologists,	pulmonologists,	gastroenterologists	and	
            6	–	healing gifts –	Spring	2012
infectious-disease	specialists	worked	to	understand	what	
had	happened	and	how	much	damage	had	been	done	to	               Enhanced healing environment
his	heart,	lungs	and	brain.	                                     to come on line this summer
    “We	were	living	minute	by	minute,	test	by	test,	but	
                                                                 To	meet	a	growing	need	for	services	in	the	
I	never	lost	hope,”	remembers	Sara	of	her	time	in	the	
ICU	waiting	room	with	friends	and	family.	“There	were	so	        Bloomington/Normal	community,	this	summer	
many	ups	and	downs.	One	test	would	rule	something	               Advocate	BroMenn	Medical	Center	will	open	a	
out,	but	another	would	add	to	the	list	of	concerns.	I	was	       three-story	replacement	tower	that	will	house	a	new	
so	nervous	to	leave	the	hospital,	even	to	take	a	quick	          Critical	Care	Unit	and	a	new	Mother/Baby	Unit.	The	
shower,	but	one	of	the	nurses	took	my	cell	phone	number	         project	is	supported	by	the	Building on Excellence…
and	texted	me	updates	while	I	was	gone.	That	made	
                                                                 Rooted in Faith	campaign,	which	is	close	to	
leaving	Matt’s	side	a	little	easier.	Throughout	it	all,	the	
                                                                 achieving	its	$10-million	fundraising	goal.	
physicians	and	nurses	were	always	honest	with	us,	which	
I	really	appreciated.”                                           The	Critical	Care	Unit	will	feature	private	rooms	
    	It	was	not	until	day	eight	that	Matt	started	opening	       where	advanced	technology	is	positioned	close	
his	eyes	and	trying	to	make	eye	contact.	“The	neurologist	
                                                                 to	patients.	Because	nursing	care	is	central	to	a	
was	still	reserved	and	did	not	want	to	make	any	false	
                                                                 patient’s	return	to	wellness,	nurse	work	stations	will	
promises,”	says	Sara.	“But	by	the	next	day	Matt	was	
trying	to	talk.	When	we	told	him	what	happened,	you	             have	direct	sight	lines	to	patients	and	monitoring	
could	see	the	shock	on	his	face.”                                equipment.	The	unit	will	also	be	strategically	located	
    “I	did	not	sleep	for	three	days	after	I	woke	up,”	           close	to	operating	rooms,	the	catheterization	lab	
remembers	Matt.	“I	was	so	scared	to	close	my	eyes	for	           and	the	emergency	department—essential	for	those	
fear	that	I	would	not	wake	up	again.	I	could	not	believe	        times	when	seconds	make	a	difference.	A	dedicated	
what	had	happened	to	me.”
                                                                 “family	zone”	within	each	patient	room	will	allow	
    To	his	doctors’	amazement,	Matt	did	not	have	any	
                                                                 relatives	to	remain	close	to	their	loved	one.	A	nearby	
brain	damage	and	suffered	only	minimal	memory	loss.	
“I	do	credit	the	therapeutic	hypothermia	for	Matt’s	             waiting	area	will	be	equipped	with	light	refreshments	
neurological	recovery,”	says	Dr.	Zachria.	“But	he	also	had	      and	an	internet	connection	to	keep	family	and	
an	excellent	team	of	physicians,	nurses	and	therapists,	         friends	posted	on	the	status	of	recovery.	
who	worked	together	to	achieve	such	a	positive	
                                                                 The	Mother/Baby	Unit	will	boast	beautifully	
    Matt	was	moved	to	BroMenn’s	cardiovascular	care	             decorated	birthing	suites	that	will	allow	each	mother	
unit,	where	he	remained	for	another	week	while	staff	            to	remain	in	one	room	from	labor	to	delivery	to	
continued	to	run	tests	and	monitor	his	progress	as	              postpartum—and	to	keep	her	baby	close.	The	
he	regained	strength	and	balance	through	physical	               spacious	rooms	will	accommodate	every	stage	of	
rehabilitation.	After	three	weeks	in	the	hospital,	and	with	a	   care,	as	well	as	visitors	such	as	new	dads,	siblings,	
defibrillator	implant	to	restore	a	normal	rhythm	should	his	
                                                                 grandparents	and	friends.	The	unit	will	provide	
heart	ever	stop	again,	Matt	was	finally	able	to	go	home.
                                                                 a	special-care	nursery,	expanded	areas	for	fetal	
    	“I	am	no	longer	putting	off	what	I	want	to	do—I	am	
taking	those	hunting	and	fishing	trips	and	spending	more	        diagnostics	and	neonatology	services.	At	present,	
time	with	friends	and	family,”	Matt	says.	"This	experience	      a	growing	number	of	underweight	babies	must	be	
has	made	me	realize	how	fragile	life	is	and	has	made	me	         transported	by	air	to	other	cities	for	care,	causing	
appreciate	the	little	things	a	whole	lot	more.”                  hardship	for	families	and	placing	stress	on	their	
    And	Sara	is	filled	with	appreciation,	as	well.	“The	staff	   support	systems.	With	a	special-care	nursery,	these	
at	BroMenn	was	kind,	compassionate	and	confident,”	she	
                                                                 babies	can	remain	close	to	home.	
says.	“They	were	so	invested	in	us	that	I	felt	we	were	all	
in	this	together.	One	doctor	even	called	Matt	the	miracle	       For more information or to make a gift, please
of	2011.”	■                                                      call 309.268.2090.

                                                                           Spring	2012	–	healing gifts 	–	7
getting her
groove back
After	double	knee	replacement	                                                                              n	the	fall	of	
                                                                                                            2011	Noreen	
at	Advocate	South	Suburban	
                                                                                                            Benda	took	
Hospital,	Noreen	Benda	is	back	                                                                         to	the	dance	
doing	the	things	she	loves.                                                                             floor	at	an	
                                                                                                        Oktoberfest	party	
                                                                                                         near	her	home	
                                                                                                         in	Matteson.	As	
  New Orthopedic Center opens                                                                            she	grooved	
                                                                                                         to	her	favorite	
  with help of charitable gifts
                                                                                                         oldies,	her	
  In	March	2011	Advocate	South	Suburban	                                                                 friends	and	
  Hospital	became	home	to	a	new	Orthopedic	                                                              family	watched	
  Center	of	Excellence.	The	center	includes	                                                             in	amazement.	
                                                                                                         Less	than	a	year	
  a	sports-medicine	program	and	offers	
                                                                                                         ago,	the	68-year-
  orthopedic	and	spine	surgery	in	updated	
                                                                                                         old	mother	and	
  operating	rooms.	It	is	in	close	proximity	                                                             grandmother	
  to	the	rehabilitation	gym	and	features	                                                                could	barely	
  large	private	rooms	to	accommodate	                                                                    walk	because	of	
  special	beds	that	increase	patient	comfort	                                                            severe	arthritis	in	
  and	physician	access	alike.	The	hospital	                                                              her	knees.	
  was	recently	honored	for	its	orthopedic	
                                                                                                         had	been	
  excellence	by	Blue	Cross	Blue	Shield	of	
                                                                                                         suffering	from	
  Illinois	as	a	Blue	Distinction	Center	for	Knee	                                                        the	debilitating	
  and	Hip	Replacement.                                       condition	for	more	than	half	of	her	life.	As	she	got	older	
                                                             the	pain	got	worse,	and	it	came	to	the	point	where	she	
  Money	raised	from	South	Suburban	Hospital’s	
                                                             could	no	longer	enjoy	the	things	she	loved	to	do—shop	
  2010	gala	and	other	generous	donors	helped	pay	
                                                             with	her	friends,	dance	with	her	husband	and	take	cruise	
  for	new	equipment	and	furnishings	for	the	center.	         vacations.
  Philanthropy	also	helps	provide	patients	with	                “I	knew	I	needed	to	have	knee-replacement	surgery,	
  adaptive	equipment,	such	as	a	long	shoehorn,	a	            but	I	was	so	scared,”	she	recalls.	“My	father	had	it	done	
  tool	to	help	pick	things	up	and	a	leg	lifter,	that	they	   in	his	eighties,	and	it	did	not	turn	out	well.	But	when	I	
  can	take	home	to	help	them	during	their	recovery.          couldn’t	even	make	it	down	the	first	aisle	at	Target,	my	
                                                             husband	and	I	decided	it	was	time.”
  For more information or to make a gift, please                Noreen	made	an	appointment	with	Ram	Aribindi,	MD,	
  call 708.213.3890.                                         an	orthopedic	surgeon	on	staff	at	Advocate South
                                                             Suburban Hospital,	who	suggested	she	get	both	
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knees	replaced—one	
at	a	time.	Although	she	
was	not	looking	forward	
to	the	operations,	she	
knew	it	meant	a	chance	at	
regaining	her	mobility	and	
her	independence.	
    Noreen	had	her	first	
surgery	in	January	2011	
and	spent	two	days	at	
South	Suburban	Hospital.	
“I	was	very	impressed	with	
all	the	nurses,	especially	
the	nurse	navigator,	Mary	
Bohlen,”	says	Noreen.	
    As	a	nurse	navigator,	
Bohlen	invites	new	patients	
to	an	educational	session	
prior	to	their	admission	
to	help	prepare	them	for	
what	to	expect	before,	
during	and	after	their	
hospitalization.	She	also	
                                                            There	was	so	much	more	space	and	without	a	roommate	
helps	patients	throughout	their	stay	to	make	sure	
                                                            my	family	and	I	could	have	privacy	while	I	recovered.”
everything	runs	smoothly	and	the	patients	receive	the	
                                                               Noreen	spent	another	two	days	in	the	hospital	and	
follow-up	care	they	need.
                                                            two	weeks	in	home	care.	She	then	completed	a	second	
    	“Mary	was	my	guardian	angel,”	says	Noreen.	“She	
                                                            round	of	physical	therapy.	“Everyone	at	the	therapy	
explained	all	my	options	to	me	and	helped	me	coordinate	
                                                            center	was	so	encouraging,”	says	Noreen,	who	continues	
my	home	care	and	my	six	weeks	of	physical	therapy.”
                                                            to	exercise	at	home	to	keep	her	mobility.	“I	could	not	
    With	her	first	knee	on	the	mend,	Noreen	went	in	
                                                            have	done	it	without	the	wonderful	therapists.”	
for	her	second	surgery	in	August	2011.	By	this	time,	
                                                               Noreen	now	has	a	new	lease	on	life.	“I	was	amazed	at	
South	Suburban	Hospital	had	opened—with	help	from	
                                                            how	quickly	I	was	able	to	walk	again	and	be	pain	free	for	
philanthropy—the	new	Orthopedic	Center	of	Excellence,	
                                                            the	first	time	in	a	long	time,”	she	says.	“So	when	just	two	
which	features	all	private	rooms	and	updated	surgery	
                                                            months	after	surgery	I	was	out	dancing,	I	knew	I	made	
suites	(see	sidebar).
                                                            the	right	decision.	I	just	wish	I	had	made	it	sooner!”	■
    “What	a	difference	between	the	old	and	new	rooms!”	
exclaims	Noreen.	“The	care	was	exceptional	both	
times,	but	the	accommodations	in	the	new	center	were	
outstanding.	It	was	like	walking	into	a	beautiful	hotel.	
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rapid response
When	6-year-old	Raj	Gandhi	became	critically	ill,	doctors	within	
the	Advocate	Health	Care	system	seamlessly	transitioned		
him	from	his	community	hospital	to	one	that	provided		
lifesaving	pediatric	care.

   n	January	2011,	then	6-year-old	Raj	Gandhi	lost	his	         emergency	room	at	Advocate Good Shepherd
   first	tooth.	For	most	parents,	this	minor	life	milestone	    Hospital,	where	nurses	quickly	triaged	Raj	and	began	
   passes	quickly	as	they	share	stories	about	the	tooth	        running	some	tests.	“We	went	into	the	ER	fully	expecting	
fairy	and	put	small	treasures	under	their	child’s	pillow.	      to	go	home	that	day,	but	things	started	deteriorating	
For	Raj’s	parents,	the	story	of	his	first	lost	tooth	will	      rapidly,”	remembers	Kim.	When	a	chest	X-ray	indicated	
stick	with	them	forever—as	their	son	lost	his	first	tooth	      that	Raj’s	right	lung	was	completely	collapsed,	caregivers	
while	undergoing	a	lifesaving	procedure	at	Advocate             quickly	made	arrangements	to	have	an	ambulance	rush	
Lutheran General Children’s Hospital.	                          him	to	Lutheran	General	Children’s	Hospital	in	Park	
    It	all	started	when	Raj	began	to	exhibit	flu-like	          Ridge,	the	only	children’s	hospital	in	Chicago’s	north	
symptoms	on	the	Saturday	of	Martin	Luther	King	Day	             and	northwest	suburbs.	“Thankfully,	the	team	at	Good	
weekend	in	2011.	His	parents,	Jigar	and	Kim,	took	him	          Shepherd	Hospital	knew	exactly	what	to	do,	and	got	
to	an	urgent-care	facility	where	he	received	a	prescription	    our	son	over	to	Lutheran	General	Children’s	Hospital	
for	an	antibiotic.	Doctors	said	he	should	be	on	the	mend	       seamlessly.”	
soon,	but	on	Monday	Raj	was	feeling	worse,	and	even	               Because	the	two	hospitals	are	both	part	of	the	
told	his	parents	that	he	needed	to	see	a	doctor.	“When	a	       Advocate	system,	doctors	were	ready	and	waiting	for	
6-year-old	is	telling	you	that	he	wants	to	go	to	the	doctor,	   Raj’s	arrival	at	the	William	A.	and	Stella	Levas	Ketter	
you	know	there’s	really	a	problem,”	says	Jigar.	                Pediatric	Intensive	Care	Unit	(PICU).	There,	while	
    The	Crystal	Lake	family	made	their	way	to	the	              Michael	Tsifansky,	MD,	intubated	Raj	and	put	him	on	
             10	–	healing gifts –	Spring	2012
a	ventilator,	his	parents	                                                                            Kim	remembers.	“They	
were	informed	that	he	                                                                                really	made	us	feel	like	
had	plastic	bronchitis.	                                                                              we	had	a	private	staff	of	
“Plastic	bronchitis	is	a	                                                                             doctors.	And	it	was	such	
very	rare	condition	where	                                                                            a	relief	that	we	could	stay	
the	inside	of	the	airway	                                                                             in	the	hospital	with	him.	
of	the	tracheobronchial	                                                                              We	were	there	24/7,	and	
 tree	is	completely	lined	                                                                            we	didn’t	even	have	to	
 with	secretions	and	                                                                                 stay	in	a	hotel.”	Every	
  pus,	making	it	nearly	                                                                              room	in	Lutheran	General	
  impossible	to	breathe,”	                                                                            Hospital’s	new	patient	
   says	Dr.	Tsifansky.	                                                                               tower	has	a	pullout	bed	
   “Raj	was	suffocating,	so	we	had	to	clean	out	the	               and	a	privacy	curtain	for	patient	and	visitor	comfort.
   obstructions	as	quickly	as	possible.”	The	blockages	                After	the	PICU	Raj	was	moved	to	the	general	children’s	
    are	vacuumed	out	piece	by	piece	until	the	airways	             floor	for	four	days	before	he	was	sent	home.	And	when	
    are	clear.	“We	were	trying	to	stay	calm,	but	it	was	           Raj	had	a	less-serious	relapse	in	late	April,	staff	at	Lutheran	
     terrifying,”	says	Jigar.	“We	had	gone	from	6	pm	where	        General	Children’s	Hospital	was	“superb,”	says	Kim.	“When	
     he	was	talking	to	us	in	our	home	to	nine	hours	later	         the	PICU	teams	heard	he	was	back,	so	many	people	
      not	knowing	if	we	would	ever	see	him	again.”	                visited	him—including	the	ambulance	team	that	brought	
          Raj	held	stable	in	the	PICU	for	more	than	a	week,	       him	in	the	first	time.	It	was	so	impressive	that	people	
       during	which	the	procedure	was	repeated	multiple	           remembered	him	and	came	in	to	cheer	him	up.”		
       times	to	keep	his	airways	clear.	(It	was	some	time	             Raj	has	since	returned	to	being	a	normal	little	boy—
       during	one	of	these	procedures	that	Raj’s	loose	            building	with	LEGOS,	playing	video	games	and	losing	
        front	tooth	was	dislodged.)	During	the	entire	time,	       more	teeth	.	.	.	the	normal	way.	“Less	than	a	week	after	
         hospital	staff	tended	not	only	to	him,	but	also	to	his	   his	initial	hospitalization	Raj	was	sledding	and	playing	in	
         parents.	“They	were	always	checking	up	on	us,	and	        the	snow,”	recalls	Jigar.	“It’s	miraculous—that’s	really	the	
         making	sure	all	of	our	questions	were	answered,”	         only	word	to	describe	it.”	■

   Donors help make integrated care possible
   After doctors at Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital                The family’s gift was matched dollar for dollar by
   and Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital               Jigar’s employer, Baxter Health Care.
   saved Raj Gandhi’s life, his grateful parents decided
   to give back by making a charitable gift to both                As not-for-profit organizations, Good Shepherd
   hospitals. “We saw very clearly that night how the              Hospital and Lutheran General Children’s Hospital
   hospitals working together can help each other. The             rely on charitable gifts to enhance their patients’
   coordination between the two emergency rooms and                experience. Patient fees cover basic services, but
   the ambulance—it all flowed with no gaps.” says                 donations help them do so much more. Charitable
   Kim. “We wanted to do something to acknowledge                  donations help expand services, provide health
   the caregivers and let them know they’re in our                 education and screenings to community members
   thoughts all the time.”                                         and secure leading-edge technology, among other
   Adds Jigar, “We wanted to do what we could to
   help others who might be going through the scare                To make a gift to your Advocate hospital and
   of having a critically ill child in the hospital.”              to learn if your company has a matching-gift
                                                                   program, please call 847.384.3400.

                                                                                Spring	2012	–	healing gifts 	–	11
in honor of their son
Bob	and	Betsy	Holland	were	devastated	
after	they	lost	their	son,	Ken,	in	a	car	
accident	more	than	20	years	ago.	They	
have	since	channeled	their	energy	into	
making	a	difference	in	Ken’s	name	at	
Advocate	Good	Samaritan	Hospital.

                                                                             1988	graduate	of	Downers	Grove	
                                                                             South	High	School,	Ken	Holland	was	
                                                                             captain	of	the	football	and	basketball	
                                                                    teams,	a	National	Honor	Society	member	and	
                                                                    recipient	of	the	Thom	McAn	National	Scholar/
                                                                    Athlete	award.	“He	was	the	kind	of	son	I	
                                                                    always	hoped	I	would	have,”	says	his	father,	
                                                                    Bob.	His	mother,	Betsy,	adds,	“People	said	
                                                                    he	had	a	smile	that	lit	up	the	room.	He	was	a	
                                                                    friend	to	everyone.”
 Giving that gives back                                                 Sadly,	this	well-rounded	and	popular	young	
 Bob and Betsy Holland made a gift in the form of a charitable      man	never	made	it	to	his	20th	birthday.	It	
 lead unitrust (CLUT) to benefit Advocate Good Samaritan            was	the	summer	after	his	freshman	year	
 Hospital’s oncology department, which is being named the           at	DePauw	University,	and	he	was	driving	
 Kenneth B. Holland Oncology Unit in honor of their late son.       near	his	family’s	Downers	Grove	home	when	
 A CLUT is a planned giving vehicle that provides income to         another	driver	sped	through	a	stop	sign,	
 one or more public charities for a period of time, and then        crashing	into	Ken’s	Jeep	and	causing	it	to	flip	
 distributes the trust’s principal to people chosen by the donor.   over	and	land	on	top	of	him.
 The Hollands designated the hospital and also the DuPage               Ken’s	injuries	were	so	critical	that	he	had	
 Community Foundation as the beneficiaries of the CLUT,             to	be	taken	by	helicopter	to	a	trauma	center	
 and their daughter, Jennifer, oversees the fund for the latter.    in	downtown	Chicago.	During	the	three	
 One of the Hollands’ greatest pleasures is teaching the “pay       weeks	Ken	was	in	the	intensive	care	unit,	the	
 it forward” idea to their extended family. “We have always         Hollands,	along	with	their	daughter,	Jennifer,	
 wanted to do something for the community while we are              made	the	daily	trek	from	their	west-suburban	
 both alive, and we learned that through the use of a CLUT          home	to	the	city	to	be	by	their	son’s	side.	
 we could make a difference in our lifetime as well as provide      Adding	to	the	tremendous	stress	of	the	
 for our four grandchildren later on,” says Bob.                    situation	were	the	surroundings.
                                                                        “It	wasn’t	a	comfortable	environment,”	says	
 To learn about CLUTs and other giving vehicles,                    Bob.	“The	waiting	rooms	were	crowded,	and	
 please call 847.384.3422.                                          there	weren’t	a	lot	of	places	for	people	to	have	
                                                                    any	quiet	time	or	relax.”	They	had	to	sleep	on	
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the	floor	if	they	wanted	to	spend	the	night.
    Ken’s	injuries	proved	to	be	too	much,	and	doctors	         Cancer services continue to expand
were	unable	to	save	him.	Devastated,	Bob	and	Betsy	
                                                               As	a	not-for-profit	organization,	Advocate	Good	
chose	to	channel	their	loss	and	pain	into	something	
positive.	In	an	effort	to	learn	more	about	the	hospital	in	    Samaritan	Hospital	relies	on	the	support	of	its	
their	community,	they	began	volunteering	at	Advocate           friends	and	neighbors	as	it	expands	the	health	care	
Good Samaritan Hospital—Bob	joined	its	Governing	              services	it	provides	to	the	community.
Council,	and	Betsy	joined	its	Auxiliary.	The	couple	also	
                                                               Gifts	are	currently	being	sought	to	help	the	
started	supporting	the	hospital	philanthropically,	teaming	
up	with	their	friends	Dick	and	Pat	Mochel	to	fund	much-        hospital’s	Cancer	Care	Center:
needed	pediatric	equipment	for	the	hospital’s	new	             •	 Develop	a	cancer	survivorship	program,	which	
surgical	pavilion.	
                                                                 will	help	patients	during	the	entire	cancer	
    “We’re	pretty	upbeat	people,	and	Ken	was	really	an	
                                                                 process:	from	diagnosis	and	treatment	to	
outgoing	and	enthusiastic	young	man,”	says	Bob.	“We	
know	he	wouldn’t	want	us	to	just	sit	around.”                    recovery	and	beyond.
    Most	recently	the	Hollands	worked	with	the	gift-           •	 Expand	services	to	include	medical	oncology,	
planning	team	at	Advocate	Charitable	Foundation	to	
                                                                 so	patients	can	receive	the	entire	spectrum	of	
make	a	charitable	gift	in	support	of	Good	Samaritan	
                                                                  cancer	care,	close	to	home.
Hospital’s	oncology	department	(see	sidebar	on	page	
12).	With	the	help	of	charitable	donations,	the	unit	will	     •	 Renovate	the	existing	inpatient	oncology	unit,	
be	renovated	to	include	private	rooms	and	a	dedicated	           which	has	been	largely	funded	by	the	Kenneth	
space	for	patients’	families.	
                                                                 Brooks	Holland	Memorial	Fund.	Donations	are	still	
    “When	we	lost	Ken,	we	felt	so	helpless	sitting	in	a	
                                                                 being	sought	to	obtain	leading-edge	technology	
small,	uncomfortable	trauma	waiting	area,”	Bob	says.		
“Since	then	my	wife	and	I	have	hoped	to	be	able	to	help	         and	help	create	private	rooms	and	a	comfortable	
make	this	kind	of	experience	easier	for	families	like	ours.	     environment	so	loved	ones	can	be	near.
It’s	hard	to	relax	under	these	circumstances,	so	anything	
                                                               For more information or to make a gift,
you	can	do	to	make	it	a	more	pleasant	experience	for	
                                                               please call 630.275.6518.
patients	and	their	families	has	got	to	help.	Ken	loved	life	
and	would	be	moved	by	this	and	the	other	things	we	do	
in	his	name—and	that’s	what	keeps	us	going.”	 ■	
                                                                         Spring	2012	–	healing gifts 	–	13
your gifts in action
 Every dollar donated to Advocate hospitals                     on-one	time	with	their	caregivers	during	therapy.	Thanks	
 and programs is used to provide a margin of                    to	philanthropy,	Condell Medical Center	recently	
 excellence that operating income alone cannot                  purchased	two	Q-Tel	pocket	assistants,	used	by	cardiac	
 ensure. Philanthropy makes our medical care more
                                                                and	pulmonary	staff	to	enter	real-time	session	data.	The	
 accessible, more advanced, more comprehensive
 and more compassionate for tens of thousands                   device	also	provides	therapists	with	easy	access	to	the	
 of community members each year. In this section,               patient’s	previous	health	information	including	blood	
 we report on just a few of the ways charitable                 pressure,	heart	rate	and	blood	glucose.	“By	having	
 contributions are making a difference across the               the	information	readily	available,	our	caregivers	can	
 Advocate Heath Care system.                                    spend	less	time	doing	paperwork	and	more	time	with	
                                                                the	patient,”	says	Mary	Ann	Majewski,	RN.	“Now	our	
 Downstate patients now have access to robotic surgery          therapists	can	provide	additional	individualized	coaching	
 Robotic-assisted	surgery	has	become	the	method	of	             about	exercise,	diet	and	medication	management.	We	
 choice	for	a	growing	number	of	surgeons	because	it	            are	grateful	to	have	this	new	technology	available	to	our	
 allows	for	more	precise	surgical	procedures	and	offers	        patients	and	staff.”
 patients	substantially	less	pain,	less	blood	loss	and	a	
 much	quicker	recovery.	And	now,	thanks	to	charitable	          Grants help underserved populations in Fox Valley
 giving,	Advocate BroMenn Medical Center	has	                   The Dreyer Community Health Fund—which	is	
 acquired	a	da	Vinci®	Surgical	System	and	established	the	      supported	almost	entirely	by	philanthropy—awarded	
 Oscar	Cohn	Center	for	Advanced	Robotic	Surgery.	The	           $18,000	to	organizations	that	serve	Fox	Valley	in	2011.	
 medical	center	is	the	first	hospital	in	the	Bloomington/       The	Fund	helped	Fox	Valley	Volunteer	Hospice	cover	
 Normal	community	to	obtain	this	state-of-the-art	              the	cost	of	supplies,	medical	equipment	and	volunteer	
 technology,	which	will	be	primarily	used	for	minimally	        training	for	its	Hands	of	Hope	program,	which	provides	
 invasive	prostatectomies	and	abdominal	hysterectomies.	        support	for	patients	undergoing	chemotherapy.	Provena	
                                                                Mercy	Medical	Center	in	Aurora	used	its	grant	to	help	
 Congestive Heart Failure Clinic taps donated funds             low-income	community	residents	pay	for	prescription	
 for renovation                                                 medications.	Waubonsee	Community	College	used	
 Led	by	nationally	renowned	                                    its	funding	to	provide	a	scholarship	for	an	addiction-
 cardiologist	Marc	Silver,	MD	                                  counseling	student.	“The	Dreyer	Community	Health	Fund	
 (pictured),	Christ Medical                                     exists	because	of	donor	support,”	says	Herb	Steinmetz,	
 Center’s	Congestive	Heart	                                     chair	of	the	Fund	Committee.	“And	the	Fund	really	
 Failure	Program	is	one	                                        makes	a	difference	to	the	health	and	well-being	of	the	
 of	the	largest	and	most	                                       underserved	populations	in	the	Fox	Valley	area.”
 comprehensive	of	its	kind	
 in	the	United	States,	often	                                   Wig boutique helps cancer patients cope with hair loss
 treating	patients	who	were	                                    Good Samaritan Hospital has	programs	and	
 given	little	or	no	hope	elsewhere.	Charitable	gifts	were	      resources	to	help	cancer	patients	deal	with	the	
 recently	tapped	for	a	renovation	and	expansion	of	the	         sometimes-devastating	physical	effects	of	the	disease	
 program’s	15-year-old	outpatient	clinic,	where	patients	       and	its	treatment.	With	support	from	donors	and	the	
 receive	the	ongoing	education	and	treatment	they	need	         American	Cancer	Society,	the	hospital’s	Cancer	Care	
 to	manage	their	disease.	“The	renovation	has	increased	        Center	recently	opened	a	wig	boutique	where	patients	
 our	capacity	by	33	percent,	which	will	help	us	care	for	the	   experiencing	hair	loss	can	have	a	private	consultation,	
 growing	number	of	people	living	with	chronic	conditions,”	     pick	out	a	wig	and	learn	how	to	properly	fit	and	style	
 says	clinic	manager	Carol	Pisano.	“We’re	so	grateful	          it.	The	boutique	is	located	within	a	space	that	is	used	
 to	those	who	have	helped	us	provide	a	safer,	more	             for	other	support	services,	such	as	the	Look	Good	Feel	
 comfortable	environment	for	our	patients.”		                   Better	program—also	supported	by	philanthropy—which	
                                                                provides	cosmetic	and	style	techniques	for	cancer	
 New devices help cardiac-rehabilitation patients               patients.	“The	effects	of	cancer	can	take	a	toll	on	your	
 Cardiac-rehabilitation	patients	will	now	receive	more	one-     self-esteem,	and	a	person’s	attitude	often	plays	a	role	
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in	the	healing	process,”	says	Tracey	Stills,	oncology	                                                       perception	of	
services	information	analyst	at	the	hospital.	“These	                                                        pain,	expressing	
types	of	services	help	promote	a	positive	outlook.”	                                                         emotions,	
                                                                                                             and	improving	
Breast-cancer survivors and others come                                                                      communication	
together for annual event                                                                                    and	relaxation	
This	past	spring	Good Shepherd Hospital	                                                                     skills,”	explains	
co-hosted	the	Day	of	Sharing	for	Breast	Cancer	                                                              certified	music	
Awareness—a	chance	for	breast-cancer	survivors	and	                                                          therapist	
their	families,	friends	and	caregivers	to	learn	about	                                                       Suzanne	Cross.	
everything	from	nutrition	and	alternative	therapies	to	the	     “Music	is	wired	into	the	limbic	area	of	the	brain—the	place	
latest	innovations	in	hormone	treatment,	chemotherapy	          where	emotional	memories	are	stored.	If	one	hears	a	song	
and	surgery.	Approximately	300	people	attended	the	             that	is	familiar	it	can	conjure	up	positive	memories	and	
event,	which	included	a	fashion	show	featuring	local	           experiences	unique	to	that	person,	adding	richness	and	
breast-cancer	survivors	as	models,	a	presentation	by	a	         meaning	to	the	present	moment.	This	can	be	a	source	of	
breast-cancer	survivor	who	                                     great	comfort	and	peace.”	
owns	her	own	business,	and	
a	Q&A	session	with	a	panel	                                     Support services comfort grieving families
of	medical	experts	and	an	                                      With	help	from	charitable	gifts,	Illinois Masonic
attorney	who	works	with	                                        Medical Center	provides	families	who	have	lost	a	baby	
cancer	patients.	“The	goal	is	to	                               before	or	after	birth	with	comprehensive	and	continued	
provide	empowerment	through	                                    comfort,	guidance	and	support.	Families	who	have	
education	as	well	as	inspiration	                               suffered	a	loss	at	a	very	early	gestational	stage	receive	
and	hope	to	breast-cancer	                                      a	handmade	keepsake	box	containing	a	condolence	
survivors,”	says	event	co-chair	                                card,	a	sachet	heart	pillow,	a	journal,	a	sterling	silver	
Mary	Sue	Fidale	(pictured).                                     charm,	and	a	card	with	their	baby’s	footprints.	Families	
                                                                who	have	lost	an	infant	after	18	weeks	of	pregnancy	
Gaming systems provide needed distraction for                   also	receive	a	poncho	and	cap,	as	well	as	the	services	
pediatric patients                                              of	a	bereavement	photographer,	if	they	choose.	“A	
Play	is	a	natural	part	of	a	child’s	life—even	when	a	child	     perinatal	loss	may	be	a	confusing	and	difficult	time	for	
is	in	the	hospital.	Thanks	to	generous	donations,	Hope          parents.	These	services	can	give	them	direction,	comfort	
Children’s Hospital	recently	purchased	PlayStation®	            and	closure,”	says	child	life	specialist	Anna	Zieba.	The	
3s	to	be	mounted	in	all	45	patient	rooms.	Children	are	         medical	center	also	offers	an	annual	memorial	service	
able	to	borrow	their	favorite	games	from	the	hospital’s	        and	coordinates	the	mailing	of	condolence	cards	from	
collection	to	play	with	their	family	and	other	visitors.	       caregivers	to	families	following	their	loss.	
“Keeping	a	child’s	mind	off	of	their	illness	or	injury,	even	
for	a	little	while,	can	help	reduce	the	stress	associated	      Program facilitates patients’ return to school after
with	health	care	experiences,”	says	Child	Life	Program	         cancer treatment
director	Lisa	Boland,	CCLS.	“Philanthropy	helps	our	            Children	and	teens	returning	to	school	following	treatment	
department	normalize	a	child’s	day	by	encouraging	              for	brain	tumors	and	other	cancers	often	face	cognitive,	
play,	offering	social	activities	and	supporting	children’s	     social	and	emotional	challenges	they	didn’t	have	before.	
continued	growth	and	development.”	                             Charitable	donations	enable	Lutheran General
                                                                Children’s Hospital	to	support	the	School	Advocacy	
Music therapy enhances care for hospice patients                Program,	which	helps	parents	advocate	for	their	children.	
Through	the	generosity	of	its	donors,	Advocate Hospice          In	addition	to	helping	families	access	any	special	services	
provides	music	therapy	to	patients	and	families	facing	         they	may	need	and	assisting	schools	with	developing	
the	end	of	life.	“In	the	hospice	setting,	music	can	help	       individualized	education	programs	for	the	patients,	
patients	who	need	assistance	with	decreasing	anxiety,	          the	advocate	meets	with	families,	teachers	and	fellow	
                                                                              Spring	2012	–	healing gifts 	–	15
your gifts in action continued                                                          Large or small, each
students	to	help	prepare	them	for	what	to	expect	upon	the	child’s	return	to	the	        charitable gift helps
classroom.	In	2011,	20	families	were	actively	engaged	in	the	program.                   Advocate’s hospitals and
                                                                                        programs provide excellent,
New technology enhances surgeons’ skills                                                compassionate care.
Laparoscopy	has	become	the	standard	of	care	for	many	surgical	procedures	
because	it	has	been	shown	to	reduce	patients’	pain,	trauma	and	recovery	                Giving	options	include…
                                                                                        ■	 Cash—Personal	checks	and	
time.	With	the	help	of	charitable	gifts,	Lutheran General Hospital	recently	
purchased	the	LapSim®	System	to	provide	hands-on	opportunities	for	medical	                credit	cards	are	accepted.
                                                                                        ■	 Pledge—Pledges	can	be	paid	
students	and	surgeons	to	hone	their	skills.	A	series	of	training	aids	that	digitally	
                                                                                           over	time	in	cash	or	stock.	
recreate	procedures	and	environments,	the	LapSim®	System	utilizes	advanced	             ■	 Stock—Receive	a	tax	
3-D	technology,	including	interactive	live	video,	to	provide	students	with	a	              deduction	while	avoiding	
realistic	virtual	working	environment.	Instructors	can	design	and	edit	courses	            capital-gains	tax.
                                                                                        ■	 Tribute or memorial—
specific	to	each	of	the	trainee’s	learning	needs;	technique	can	be	measured,	and	
progress	can	be	reviewed	and	evaluated.	An	estimated	200	medical	students,	                Make	a	gift	in	honor	of	a	
                                                                                           loved	one,	living	or	deceased,	
residents,	fellows	and	surgeons	will	learn	from	this	technology	each	year.
                                                                                           or	to	recognize	an	Advocate	
Trinity Hospital embarks on Magnet journey                                              ■	 Matching gift—Some	
Last	year	Trinity Hospital	                                                                employers	will	match,	double	
began	the	process	of	                                                                      or	even	triple	your	charitable	
earning	Nurse	Magnet	                                                                      gift.	
                                                                                        ■	 Planned gift—Make	a	gift	
status,	the	highest	
                                                                                           through	a	bequest	in	your	
nursing	honor	a	hospital	                                                                  will	or	trust,	by	establishing	
can	achieve.	“Magnet	                                                                      a	charitable	gift	annuity	or	
recognition	is	about	                                                                      through	another	type	of	
creating	an	environment	                                                                   planned	gift.	
where	professional	nurses	
                                                                                        To	make	a	gift	to	a	specific	
can	flourish	and	patient	care	is	improved,”	says	Michelle	Gaskill,	RN,	vice	
                                                                                        program	or	hospital,	use		
president	of	nursing	and	clinical	operations.	The	American	Nurses	Credentialing	        the	enclosed	reply	envelope,	
Center,	which	runs	the	Magnet	certification	process,	has	identified	professional	       call	Advocate	Charitable	
development	and	education	as	one	of	the	essential	qualifications	for	achieving	         Foundation	at	847.384.3400		
this	status.	Because	learning	curves	are	steeper	as	medical	treatments	and	             or	give	online:		
technology	become	increasingly	complex,	philanthropic	gifts	are	supporting	a	 
new	nurse	residency	program.	The	goal	of	the	residency	program	is	to	support	
                                                                                        Healing Gifts	is produced
new	nurses	as	they	progress	from	nursing	student	to	professional	nurse	through	         by Advocate Charitable
hands-on	training	in	an	acute-care	environment.	                                        Foundation’s communications
Pediatric unit opens in Hazel Crest                                                     Doug	Diefenbach
Most	children	never	need	to	spend	a	night	in	the	hospital,	but	when	they		              Angela	Hacke
do,	their	parents	want	them	to	stay	as	close	to	home	as	possible.	That	is	why	          Jessica	Herzfeld
                                                                                        Jeanne	Rattenbury
South Suburban Hospital collaborated	with	Hope	Children’s	Hospital	to	
expand	its	pediatric	services	and	open	a	new	children’s	unit	in	Hazel	Crest.		          Contributing writers:
The	child-friendly	10-bed	unit,	which	opened	in	February,	will	provide	specialized	     Scott	Brazel
inpatient	care	for	an	estimated	160	sick	or	injured	Southland	children	who	would	       Barbara	Granner
otherwise	be	transferred	to	hospitals	outside	of	the	community	or	admitted	to	an	
adult	unit.	Charitable	gifts	from	the	2011	gala	are	being	tapped	to	train	nurses	       Contributing photographers:
                                                                                        Warren	Browne
in	pediatric	care	and	to	provide	child	life	services,	which	help	normalize	a	child’s	
                                                                                        John	Martin-Eatinger
day	by	encouraging	play,	offering	social	activities	and	supporting	continued	
growth	and	development	while	in	the	hospital.	■
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Face of Philanthropy

Advocate	Good	Shepherd	Hospital’s	Kocourek	Family	Cardiac	Care	Center	is	a	nationally	recognized,	state-of-the-
art	diagnostic	and	treatment	facility	that	was	made	possible	thanks	to	a	generous	philanthropic	gift	from	Wayne	and	
Patricia	Kocourek	(pictured	here	at	Good	Shepherd	Hospital’s	2011	gala	with	Advocate	Charitable	Foundation	president	
Randy	Varju	and	his	wife,	Nancy).	

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