Innovation drives our Mission forward
The work of transforming healthcare really starts with the generous support of donors. At OSF HealthCare, we have been empowered to innovate healthcare solutions not only for the patients who come through our doors, but also for the larger healthcare community. Our supporters join with us in a beautiful synergy that translates hope into solutions.
At any given time, there are about 3,000 people in the U.S. waiting for heart transplants. And to add to that, the number of people diagnosed with heart failure — and who are potential candidates for a heart transplantation — is expected to rise 46 percent by 2030. With these facts in mind, OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center saw the need to once again offer the heart transplant program to our patients.
With this program offering, OSF Saint Francis will be the only heart transplant option in central and downstate Illinois. This program addition means Saint Francis can offer both transplants and ventricular assist device procedures (VAD). While the full implementation of the heart transplant program could take up to 18 months, the first VAD procedure will likely take place in the summer of 2019. “Adding the heart transplant program at OSF Saint Francis will strengthen what is already a premier cardiovascular disease program in the state of Illinois,” said Dr. Barry Clemson, Heart Failure Medical Director, OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Institute.
Dr. Emmanuel Amulraj will serve as the surgical director of the heart transplant program at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. Dr. Amulraj explains, “This program is giving heart failure patients a second chance at life, and a lot of them will go on to do everything they want to do.” This program closely aligns with the OSF HealthCare Mission by serving others with the greatest care and love and ensuring our patients are receiving state-of-the-art healthcare services.
You too can help give heart failure patients a second chance at life. By donating to the heart transplant program, you are living the OSF Mission by serving others with the greatest care and love – and celebrating the gift of life!
As we join the city’s efforts to develop a more walkable community environment, OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center is proud to empower you with a new healthy choice – a brand-new walking path. Once the path is complete, our community will gain access to an outdoor recreational space to encourage movement and exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle. Reducing sedentary lifestyle related diseases is key to improving overall health, and the new walking path and landscape will provide an affordable choice in reaching a more active lifestyle.
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is changing lives at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. This year, the national law firm gifted $85,000 to the Walking Path project in addition to sponsoring Pink Ball and supporting the Saint Anthony College of Nursing. Attorney Charles F. Thomas said the walking path gift was inspired by the amount of hours, sometimes days that visitors spend on campus. Thomas noted, “Without leaving the hospital, loved ones can sit near a large indoor waterfall when they aren’t in a patient room. Witnessing the area many times, I often thought it would be nice during good weather if they could go for a walk outdoors on campus. Right now, there is nowhere to walk except parking lots.”
The new walking path is designed to be used by not only visitors, but also Mission Partners and patients, if well enough. The path will be close to facilities on campus allowing for easy access to scenic, forestry views. We encourage Mission Partners to take advantage of the path by incorporating walking into their daily routines as part of a healthy lifestyle. The pathway can also be used for various forms of physical activity including walking, running, stretching and so on.
Furthermore, the walking path will be an area for relaxation and mindfulness – both of which are also components to a healthy lifestyle. According to Attorney Michael Iasparro, “Hinshaw is delighted to support Saint Anthony Medical Center’s Walking Paths initiative. OSF’s caregivers, patients, families and neighbors will gain a peaceful setting for reflection, tranquility and wellness. The campus-wide Walking Path project exemplifies OSF’s community of caregiving approach to health and wellness, and long-standing commitment to the Rockford community.”
As we work to create an atmosphere of health and wellness inside and outside of our facility, you too can join us. Your gift in support of the Walking Path project will help advance our overall goal of inspiring healthy lifestyles for visitors, Mission Partners, patients and our community members.
For more information on giving to the Walking Path project, please contact:
Ryan Duvall, Strategic Philanthropy Officer
Leadership seems to come naturally for Ed Rapp. Retiring from Caterpillar in 2016 after being diagnosed with ALS, Ed has since made it a personal challenge to support efforts to find more effective treatment options and, ultimately, a cure. While Ed and his wife, Ann, have relocated to Cary, NC, they remain committed to their philanthropic support of the Peoria area they once called home.
“We have focused our efforts on supporting those in search of a cure, those bringing better assistive technologies to those suffering from this disease,” said Ed. “The endowment not only supports innovation in the area of assistive technologies but also supports our hometown of Peoria.”
In 2017 the Rapps created the Ed and Ann Rapp Family Endowment. Its purpose is to help drive exciting interdisciplinary collaboration among OSF HealthCare Illinois Neurological Institute (OSF INI), Jump Trading Simulation & Education Center (Jump) in Peoria and engineers from University of Illinois, who are putting their different skills and insights together to make a difference in the lives of patients.
The Rapps’ gift of $1,000,000 to support their endowment is being used to support neuroscience innovation focused on assistive technologies, improving access to care, and aiding in earlier diagnosis to benefit patients with ALS and other complex neurologic conditions. Along with their personal contribution, the Rapps have inspired more than $1.3 million in additional and matching gifts to the Endowment—leading the way to new hope for many patients who suffer from diseases like ALS, as Ed does.
For more information about the Ed and Ann Rapp Family Endowment or to learn more about neuroscience innovation efforts at Jump, contact Lanna Scannell with the OSF HealthCare Foundation at 309-566-5662 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saint Anthony College of Nursing has a rich history of providing quality nursing and health care education. At this private institution, dedicated faculty and staff focus on making a direct and immediate impact on shaping tomorrow’s heath care leaders. The college encourages an open inquiry and lifelong learning environment through education, practice and service.
By 2024, 1 million nurses are needed. With the demand of well-educated nurses, Saint Anthony nursing students have answered the call to serve as highly skilled and compassionate caregivers in our communities. In order to educate, train and support them on their journey, Saint Anthony College of Nursing has designed the Academic Support Corps Enabling Nurturing and Development (ASCEND) Center.
The ASCEND Center provides support for:
- Study and test-taking skills
- Course preparation strategies
- Test anxiety management
- Translation of textbook and class content into nursing knowledge
- Academic tutoring by peers and/or experienced nurse education
Future ASCEND expansions include:
- Academic writing support
- Individualized personal counseling
- Career counseling
- Innovative workshops to engage students’ creativity, build resilience and enhance academic support
Your support can help shape the future of health care. By making a gift to the Saint Anthony College of Nursing, we can create additional programs and expand health care opportunities for nursing students. This support can provide critical funding to prepare and educate generations of health care leaders and nursing professionals.
For more information on giving to the Saint Anthony College of Nursing, please contact:
Strategic Philanthropy Officer