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 and confirmation of the hope, faith, generosity, and inspiration that exist here at OSF.

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

Sister Judith Ann

The chapel is a place of healing and where prayer is possible.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Everyone who walks through the doors of a chapel at OSF HealthCare is searching for something. Sometimes, it’s a wife looking for understanding after her husband’s diagnosis, a nervous first-time father praying for the future or a nurse searching for guidance on a difficult case in a quiet, sacred space. Sadly, the current chapel at… Continue Reading The chapel is a place of healing and where prayer is possible.

Nature Providing Solace

Friday, May 31, 2019

Elements of nature resembling water, rock and open air can provide solace in ways that we don’t completely understand. In fact, gardens and natural surroundings enrich the body and soul. Because nature provides such comfort, more medical and hospice facilities are providing comfort and relief through healing gardens. An Ailing Wife’s Final Request Rennie Atterbury… Continue Reading Nature Providing Solace