Philanthropists share their passion for good
At OSF HealthCare we are humbled daily by the inspirational stories of people who follow a passion to help others and positively impact the world around them. These philanthropists are generous visionaries who find joy in giving back. We’re honored to share stories of some of the donors who have touched our hearts and helped our Mission.
The OSF HealthCare Foundation recently received a $1 million gift which will be used to support construction of a new, free-standing state-of-the-art Cancer Center on the OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center campus in Alton. Thanks to this generous gift, OSF Saint Anthony’s is now more than 60% of the way to a $2.5 million fundraising goal.
Construction of the 15,500 square foot facility is underway and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2019, with the total project cost of $14 million.
This essential and transformative gift was made by Mike and Amy Moeller. Mike, a private investment portfolio manager, said, “My job is to make prudent investments for others to help them achieve their financial goals. My gift is simply an investment in the leadership, highly qualified Oncology team, and community.”
In addition to their financial contribution, the Moeller’s desire to be further engaged with the patients and care team at the new Cancer Center. They are working with Sister Anselma, Chief Operating Officer, to create an opportunity for Mike and his family to pray with and minister to those currently undergoing cancer treatment. Mike and Amy believe strongly in the power of prayer and its ability to provide physical, emotional and spiritual healing.
“My family and I are excited to come alongside the pastoral care team and pray with patients and family members who ask for support. There is no greater joy than the privilege of encouraging those who are going through a difficult journey,” added Mike Moeller.
Cancer is something the Moeller family is all too familiar with. Mike’s own father, Ron Moeller, lost his battle with the disease. During his father’s treatments, Mike witnessed his father praying with the patients next to him and spreading hope throughout the room. This helped shape the philosophy for which the Moellers live and raise their children by today – Honor God and Help People.
“I fail much of the time to live up to the command, but my family and dear friends hold me accountable! I also had a father who lived it and modeled it for me each day until he died of colon cancer,” he shared.
The Moellers first learned about the patient-focused, high quality care provided at OSF Saint Anthony’s when Mike began participating in the Foundation’s annual golf tournament about 10 years ago. The funds raised from the annual tournament are used to support the Oncology program.
The new Cancer Center will allow patients in the Riverbend to receive outstanding, comprehensive cancer care that is close to home. Treatment and support will be all under one roof and new technology will allow for even more precise treatment for a variety of cancers.
Ajay Pathak, President and CEO OSF Saint Anthony’s shared, “The magnitude of commitment and support by Mike and the entire Moeller family, reflects the confidence in our physicians, care team and community partners that lead and support patients and family members through their journey from diagnosis to survivorship. We are blessed to find such a high level of support for the compassionate and expert care we provide every day for our patients.”
Pathak is also excited the donation could encourage others to give. “This tremendous gift by the Moellers puts us in a great position to be more than 60 percent of the way to our philanthropic goal. Our hope is that the community at large sees the importance of this program and cancer center, and feel inspired to help fill this need.”
For more information about how you can contribute to cancer services at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony’s Health Center, call the OSF HealthCare Foundation at 618-463-5168 or email Lee McRaven. To help support the Cancer Center of Excellence – Make a donation today.
Jones Bros. Jewelers joins forces with OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois to help the community navigate the unanticipated nuances of a cancer diagnosis. The family-owned jewelry store will donate 100% of watch battery proceeds to the Heller Center for Kids with Cancer. The Heller Center for Kids with Cancer provides critical, non-treatment support services to help children complete their educations, develop coping skills and grow into adulthood.
Bob Woosley, Jones Bros. Chief Inspiration Officer, expresses, “I’m excited to take part in the effort to create solutions for families battling childhood cancer. We hope the funds we raise at Jones Bros. will help the Heller Center continue their invaluable efforts.”
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Mahlon White, a lifelong farmer of the Alvin area and renowned storyteller, recently gave a generous estate gift to OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center. Mr. White’s tale began almost a decade ago when his wife Mary entered the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Grateful for the care his wife received, Mr. White has since been a faithful philanthropic supporter of advancing local patient care.
Upon his loving wife’s passing, this Danville-area resident became a champion of the ICU. In honor of his wife, Mr. White made a memorial gift in her name. This generous contribution aided in the purchase of cardiac heart monitors for the ICU, and fourteen months later, Mr. White donated additional monies to offset the cost of defibrillators for the ICU as well.
In total over the past 11 years, Mr. White has donated nearly $300,000 to Sacred Heart Medical Center. “The generosity of Mr. White over the years has led to an advance in life-saving medical technology in the ICU of our Medical Center in such a manner that many lives have been saved,” stated Dr. Jared C. Rogers, President of OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center. Rogers added that “his commitment to assisting in making care better for our patients is deeply touching.”
This recent gift and proceeds from the 2018 Festival of Trees and the Vermilion HealthCare Foundation allocation will be used to purchase 3-D Mammography and Bone Density equipment for the Women’s Health Center. Purchasing the 3-D Mammography and Bone Density equipment will help fulfill Mahlon’s philanthropic wishes to advance local patient care, give back to his community and support the Ministry of OSF HealthCare.
Dr. Jo-Mel Labayog, Oncologist of The Bobette Steely Hegeler Cancer Care Center states, “I am truly excited that our community through the efforts of the Foundation and OSF Sacred Heart Medical Center will have the availability of 3D Mammography. Mammograms are the single best tool to find breast cancer at its earliest stage. With the development of 3D mammography, early detection just became better. 3D mammography improves cancer detection rates, is beneficial for those with dense breasts, and with less recall rates for repeated examinations. Keeping our community healthy is the goal of Sacred Heart Medical Center.”
The 21st Annual Heart of Gold Dinner, a surprise culinary experience, was held on Thursday, October 18. Chefs unveiled the mouthwatering menu at the Terrace Bay Inn in Gladstone, Michigan. Food lovers satisfied their palates with a eight-course dinner prepared and presented by chefs from across the Upper Peninsula – all members of the Upper Michigan Chapter of the American Culinary Federation.
The dinner’s culinary innovation ranks, in our minds, unlike any other in the community. Each chef presents the flavorful course, describes the culinary artistry and explains their selection choice to guests. Each course is paired with a fine wine to bridge flavors.
According to Jean Arvan, Director of Philanthropy at OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group, “the focus is entirely on the dining experience.” She notes, there are no raffles, auctions or prize drawings. “Guests can relax and simply enjoy fine cuisine prepared by the area’s best chefs.”
Event proceeds benefit OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group and remain in Delta County to support needed new health care services, patients’ comfort and new technology. More than $14 million has been donated to date. Due to generous philanthropic donations, including those generated from the event’s generous support:
- Every day, 14 more patients receive ultrasound studies
- We purchased 8 devices for lifesaving procedures
- We purchased 5 major pieces of equipment and furnishings for patients and their families
- We remodeled 2 spaces to create peaceful and uplifting environments.
- We implemented 2 innovative solutions to enhance surgical and neurological services
This event helps provide services and equipment for our community. Your gift will help us raise the level of care and services provided at the medical center. Help support OSF St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.
Professor Emeritus A. James Heins and his family have been grateful patients at OSF Heart of Mary Medical Center for more than 30 years, and their lifetime giving dates back to 1990. Through the years, the Heins’ family has supported various areas of the hospital, including most recently, the Community Resource Center (CRC).
The CRC bridges a gap in the community by eliminating barriers to local and regional resources. Before the CRC, many patients would come to the Emergency Department, even if they did not require emergency care, simply because they had no other place to turn. Many patients cannot afford health care and do not perceive that they have any other option.
The CRC takes a holistic approach to medical problems and aims to address unmet social needs. Staffing is comprised of a director, a social worker, and 2-3 full-time health care navigators with connected services offered by partner agencies. Partner agencies offer general medical health care and dental care. Patients can acquire assistance to access community social services with case management, financial assistance for prescription medications, and transportation to primary care and specialty appointments. For more information on available services, click here.
To support the work of the CRC, the Heins Family Community Resource Center Endowment Fund was established to support and address the population health needs of those living on the margins in our community. The Heins family donation allows the CRC to continue its innovative delivery of care designed to achieve positive health outcomes for the community’s most vulnerable population. According to Professor Heins, philanthropy is therapeutic, a quiet satisfaction knowing that those who are in need receive the care necessary to improve their lives.
You too can make a powerful impact to improve health care access delivery in our area. A gift as little as $15 can help expand health care beyond the hospital and into our community.