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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 departments 1 Letter from the president 14 Your gifts in action features 2 Never give up A car accident left Terrance Barker paralyzed. Thanks to innovative physicians at Advocate Christ Medical Center’s Neurosciences h 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 advocatehealth.com/giving 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. Get connected facebook.com/AdvocateHealthCare youtube.com/user/AdvocateHealthCare twitter.com/advocate_news 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 T 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. E 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 recognized own, requiring the physiatrist who use of a mechanical directs the ventilator. Spasticity Clinic at Barker spent Advocate Christ two months as Medical Center’s an inpatient in the Neurosciences 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, groundbreaking 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 vocationally.” 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. O 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 outcome.” 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 I 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. Noreen 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 8 – healing gifts – Spring 2012 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. Spring 2012 – healing gifts – 9 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. I 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 things. 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. A 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 12 – healing gifts – Spring 2012 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 14 – healing gifts – Spring 2012 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 caregiver. 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 advocatehealth.com/giving 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 department: 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. ■ 16 – healing gifts – Spring 2012 Enjoy life today... ...help save lives tomorrow. 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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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