Touching Lives

Patients tell their special stories

Throughout the OSF Ministry, we’re blessed to witness different types of miracles every day. Some are major medical triumphs, others are simple moments of joy when we’re able to make a patient smile. We invite you to explore the stories made possible by the generous gifts we receive from our faithful supporters. You’ll find examples of the hope, faith, generosity, and inspiration that exist here at OSF.


15,000 Hours and Counting

Friday, October 4, 2019

Volunteers are critical to helping OSF HealthCare serve patients with the greatest care and love. One senior who brings a welcoming smile to patients’ lives is Gloria Fiorenza, a Rockford, Illinois, native. Every week, for more than 52 years, Gloria has been volunteering at OSF HealthCare Saint Anthony Medical Center. “After so many years of… Continue Reading 15,000 Hours and Counting

Peoria Quest Academy Students

Harvesting Hope

Friday, September 6, 2019

Tucked into the neighborhood by St. Ann’s Catholic Church on Louisa Street in Peoria is a 2.1-acre garden bursting with beans. And peas, strawberries, tomatoes, Swiss chard, okra, peppers—the list goes on. All kinds of good things grow in the Garden of Hope. But why is a hospital system like OSF HealthCare investing in a… Continue Reading Harvesting Hope

A garden in the sky

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Just outside the fourth floor of OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois an oasis awaits. Fresh air and sunshine and flowers popping color. The smell of blossoming trees. Rocking chairs in the shade. Thanks to the vision of Lynn and Gerald Flaherty, patients and families can open a door to the world outside. The couple… Continue Reading A garden in the sky