Making a Difference

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.

Mav and Kingsmore

GENErosity

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Rapid Whole Genome Sequencing study made possible by philanthropic partnership Imagine a family—let’s call them the Smiths—celebrating the birth of their first baby. Mom is recovering from labor, dad is texting photos of their newborn to all their eager relatives, and baby is resting in the nursery. But in the middle of that first night,… Continue Reading GENErosity

Jay and Christine Akley

A Hero to Fellow Responders

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

First responders receive thousands of medical calls each year. They are first to arrive on the scene to provide emergency assistance. Thanks to the philanthropic spirit of Jay and Christina Akley of Popular Grove, paramedics and emergency medical services (EMS) students will be better equipped in emergency situations. Through the purchase of a new mobile… Continue Reading A Hero to Fellow Responders

Helping Patients Thrive

THRIVE beyond the cancer experience

Monday, August 5, 2019

The cancer experience is different for every child who goes through it. But for many children, and the families who support them, the medical and psychosocial effects of that experience can linger like a shadow. That is why the Heller Center for Kids with Cancer at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois has developed THRIVE,… Continue Reading THRIVE beyond the cancer experience

Ryan Washkowiak 2

A young neighbor’s mission

Thursday, June 13, 2019

It is rare to find a 16 year old that is passionate about helping others and selflessly serves his or her community but to Ryan Washkowiak of Tilton, Illinois there was no question on the matter when both his grandmother and aunt passed of cancer. “There had to be something we could do for our… Continue Reading A young neighbor’s mission

Former SMMC President & CEO Dick Kowalski and Doris Kowalski

Kowalski Scholars Transform Health Care in the Galesburg Community

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

The Future Faces of Health Care  On May 29th past and present Richard S. Kowalski Scholars along with former OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center CEO and President Dick Kowalski were honored. The scholars were celebrated for their academic achievements furthering their ability to better serve OSF HealthCare St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) and the… Continue Reading Kowalski Scholars Transform Health Care in the Galesburg Community