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.
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.”
Watch battery replacement through Jones Bros. will help provide assistance to families managing chronic illnesses or medical complexities as a result of cancer. If you need a replacement, book an appointment by clicking the button below.
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.