OSF HealthCare Foundation works to connect donor passions with opportunities to make a difference in health care. Those gifts from donors are treasured because they help us continue our Mission to serve with the greatest care and love. Here are a few ways your recent gifts are impacting the lives of others and the future of medical care.

Our OSF Ministry began in 1877 with eight dedicated women – our Sisters. It is fitting to recognize the impact that women continue to make throughout our Ministry through their dedicated philanthropy.

OSF HealthCare Foundation in Escanaba, Michigan, was the first to recognize the philanthropic power of women when they created OSF Women in Philanthropy in 2010. The mission of OSF Women in Philanthropy is to optimize the opportunity for women to help support and direct the future of health care in their community.

In 2014, OSF HealthCare Foundation at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center followed this example and launched Women Empowered: Innovate, Inspire, Invest. To date, an estimated $70,000 has been raised for OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, with an additional $5,000 pledged toward the Women Empowered Endowment. These funds have helped support the following:

  • Training for more than 100 frontline Mission Partners – ED nurses, social workers, nurse practitioners, etc., on domestic abuse and how to asses it. Training was done by national expert and researcher from Johns Hopkins.
  • Education for over 500 women in the community on stroke and the particular symptoms affecting women and prevention strategies. These presentations have reached low-income women by partnering with the health department and YWCA, as well as professional women in corporate presentations.
  • A Women’s Health Advisory Committee that is looking at ways to use social media and other avenues for women’s education.

In addition, Women Empowered has provided free educational events throughout the year to help engage women, recruit members and share information. The events included a reception with radiologists on new technology related to breast cancer screening and breast health, and a panel of local experts discussing the disparities in health among minority women.

In 2015, OSF HealthCare Foundation brought Women Empowered to OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois. Women Empowered gave caring women the opportunity to come together and pool their resources, learn about urgent needs facing women in our community, arm themselves with possible solutions and decide how and where to use their resources. Since its inception, members of Women Empowered at OSF Saint Francis have given or pledged over $34,000 to help fund and champion women’s health programs and services.

In its first year, Women Empowered funded resources for patients of the Maternal Fetal Diagnostic Center who were in need of material support or assistance with sensitive, emotionally charged and sometimes devastating news.

  • In 2016, Women Empowered in the Peoria area funded:
    Colorectal Cancer Support Group
  • Sleeper sofas in the Family Birthing Center for spouses spending the night
  • Activity carts containing crafts and books for long-term patients in antepartum.

Already focused on increasing membership in 2017, Women Empowered at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center will continue to impact the women of Peoria.

In 2016, the OSF HealthCare Foundation at OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center celebrated the launch of Women Empowered Livingston County – WE Live. WE Live plans to keep their educational programs open to everyone. Their leadership group organized a kick-off event in October 2016 with a physician from Mayo Clinic that raised $5,000 for the Women’s Suite and a Heart-to-Heart event to celebrate Heart Month.

These groups have raised more than $379,000 to support and promote women’s health programs throughout our OSF Ministry.

Through the generosity of John and Annette Heller, advocates and supporters of those battling pediatric cancer, $2 million was donated to Children’s Hospital of Illinois to create The John and Annette Heller Learning for Living Center. The Hellers donated $1 million, and were matched by an additional $1 million from the Caterpillar Foundation.

Services through the center will provide local children and their families with the tools to live their lives to the fullest on their journey through cancer treatment and beyond.

“Children and families face unimaginable challenges while fighting cancer. We feel blessed to help create services and programs to make their journey through cancer treatment and beyond a little easier,” said John Heller in announcing the gift.

“The St. Jude Midwest Affiliate and Children’s Hospital of Illinois, together, do a marvelous job taking care of our sick children,” Annette Heller said.

The John and Annette Heller Learning for Living Center will include education and monitoring of health risks and late effects of cancer; therapy school and career support; a patient and family educator; a nutrition specialist; an adolescent and young adult program to focus on educational and psychological needs during and after therapy; an expanded Supportive Care Team and specialized counseling to help people cope with a cancer diagnosis.

“A comprehensive program of this kind is not currently available and will fill a needed gap that has been identified by both families and care providers. The Heller’s gift will allow Children’s Hospital of Illinois to better serve our pediatric cancer patients,” said Kay Saving, MD, medical director of Children’s Hospital of Illinois and lead pediatric hematologist/oncologist at the St. Jude Midwest Affiliate.

John Heller is a retired Caterpillar Inc. vice president. He is on the OSF Saint Francis Community Advisory Board and the St. Jude board.

In August 2015, Galesburg residents Mark and Jeanette Kleine felt called to donate $1.5 million to the OSF HealthCare Foundation. The funds were to establish The Mark and Jeanette Kleine Pediatric Wellness Center for children in Galesburg and the surrounding community.

The Mark and Jeannette Kleine Pediatric Wellness Center will be a multi-faceted center, which will include a pediatric resource center, mental health prevention and treatment, advocacy programs, parent education and healthy living resources that focus on diet, exercise and wellness education.

“OSF HealthCare and Children’s Hospital of Illinois provide outstanding pediatric health care services,” Mark Kleine said. “Our ultimate goal is to see those services available to children throughout Galesburg and the surrounding area and to work with local providers and the OSF team of specialists to develop services and programs specific to the pediatric needs of our community.”

The Pediatric Wellness Center will work in partnership with OSF St. Mary Medical Center, OSF Galesburg Clinic and the Children’s Hospital of Illinois.

“Mark and Jeannette have demonstrated a commitment to revitalizing our community. The Kleine Pediatric Wellness Center will allow us to take the necessary steps toward a healthier community,” said Roxanna Crosser, president of OSF St. Mary Medical Center.

The Wellness Center is scheduled to start providing programs in spring of 2017.