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Verb – bring together or into contact so that a real or notional link is established.

Connecting donor passions with opportunities to make a difference in health care is the daily goal of the OSF Healthcare Foundation. The Foundation received more than 21,000 philanthropic gifts, totaling nearly $17 million, throughout 2015 to support and expand the Mission of OSF. Here are a few ways your gifts are impacting the lives of others and the future of medical care.

In October 2014, Greg and Linda Yagodzinski attended the grand opening of the new John & Melissa Besse Physical Rehabilitation & Wellness Center at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group in Escanaba, Michigan. They attended with a purpose of making a gift that would make a difference in the lives of others.

phys-rehab-centerWith the Rehabilitation Center complete, the philanthropic couple asked about other projects where they might make a difference. Upon learning of the hospital’s plans to renovate and expand the Oncology Suite and following a tour of the facility, they decided to make a donation in support of the project. Over the next several months they donated a total of $25,000 to help get the project started. In 2015, they matched their original gifts with another donation of $25,000 in support of the project.

Plans for the renovation and expansion project are being drawn up. Hospital leadership expect work to begin in the spring of 2016.

Mohyuddin-2015Hope of healthier breathing continues at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton, Illinois. Dr. Sadiq Mohyuddin helped to bring the concept of pulmonary health to the River Bend area in 1971. He, together with his wife, Talat Gul Mohyuddin, and son Dr. Yusuf Mohyuddin, decided to start an endowment to promote and enhance Pulmonary Medicine.

“We wanted to contribute, so the endowment can upgrade the lab and create public awareness about lung diseases,” Dr. Sadiq Mohyuddin said. “We want to augment the work performed by the nurses at OSF.”

This endowment is designed to increase awareness and prevention of pulmonary diseases, as well as support technological advancements in respiratory services at OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center. Funding from this endowment will also support smoking prevention at area schools and provide free lung screenings in the community.

Normal resident Ken Smith left a very special, philanthropic legacy. The generous man passed away on April 20, 2015, leaving his entire estate to charity. Among the recipients were OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. None of the organizations were told of the forthcoming donation, making this a very special and unexpected gift.

An active and beloved member of his community, Mr. Smith was a member of the Masons since 1955 and was part of the Normal Lodge. Decorated as a 33rd degree sovereign grand inspector general, Smith took pride in being part of the group.

OSF. St. Joseph Medical Center is thrilled to continue the Mission of serving every patient, every time, with the greatest care and love.

“A gift like this is an excellent example of a legacy that donors can leave to ensure their philanthropic wishes are continued beyond their lifetime,” said Jennifer Sedbrook, director of philanthropy at OSF St. Joseph.

Planned giving offers creative strategies for grateful patients, passionate community members and friends of OSF Healthcare Foundation to make a gift while also achieving their own financial goals. 2015 marked the launch of our 1877 Society. Named for year the Sisters began their health care Ministry, 1877 Society honors and recognizes those who have chosen to support any area of our OSF Ministry through a gift in their will or estate plan. For more information on estate planning and other related topics, please visit osflegacyofhope.org.