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Charitable gifts are vital to the hospital

One of the largest and most comprehensive children's hospitals in Illinois, Advocate Children's Hospital is committed to both clinical excellence and community outreach. Charitable gifts to the Park Ridge campus enable us to acquire leading-edge equipment such as intra-operative MRI technology; to provide specialized training for the nurses in our newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and other caregivers; to offer special support services for patients and their families; and to provide financial assistance that enables children to get the care they need.


Philanthropy news and events at Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge

Funding opportunities

Below is a list of programs at Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge that currently need your support.

Charity Care

Funds contributed to this priority enable Advocate Children's Hospital to cover the costs of care for underinsured and uninsured patients. With difficult economic issues such as unemployment, shrinking insurance coverage and lower reimbursement rates, the health system is forced to absorb more and more of the cost for those who can least afford to pay for their care.

The Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center

Since 1997, the Midwest Children's Brain Tumor Center has been providing hope for kids with brain tumors and their families. Led by Dr. John Ruge, named one of Chicago's top neurosurgeons by the Castle Connolly guide, the multi-disciplinary Center helps patients and parents navigate the path from diagnosis through follow-up care, coordinating every aspect of the child's care. With a nurse-specialist on call 24 hours a day, every patient gets personalized care, and families get the assurance they need. With groundbreaking technologies, such as the only intra-operative MRI in Illinois, and a commitment to pediatric brain tumor research, the center provides patients with the most innovative treatments available.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Advocate Children's Hospital cares for the area's tiniest miracles — helping low birth-weight, premature and critically ill newborns grow and thrive. As one of the largest facilities in the Chicago area, the Level III NICU on the Park Ridge campus offers the highest level of neonatal care in the state of Illinois, providing highly specialized care unavailable at many other hospitals. Our neonatologists and pediatric specialists are on call 24 hours a day to provide advanced, compassionate care to our fragile patients. With your gifts, we are able to advance our research and technology and provide supportive family resources.

Pediatric Palliative Care

Launched in March 2004, the palliative care program offers guidance to young patients with advanced progressive diseases, and their families. A team of doctors, nurses, social workers and spiritual counselors help patients and families plan and meet their goals for medical care and quality of life, from pain management to caregiver support. Pediatric palliative care specialists work in partnership with primary-care physicians to manage long-term and chronic illnesses and conditions, ensuring quality of life for children living with advanced progressive diseases and for their families.

Pediatric Cardiology Program

The pediatric cardiologists of Advocate Children's Hospital specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of congenital and acquired heart conditions in infants and children of all ages, offering the most comprehensive levels of treatment. In addition to congenital heart defects, the pediatric cardiologists also work with children who have cardiac dysrhythmias (irregular heart rhythms) and hyperlipidemias (lipid disorders). Charitable gifts sustain access to this specialized health care.

Esophageal Center

The Esophageal Center at Advocate Children's Hospital helps kids and parents navigate the diagnosis and treatment of swallowing and digestive orders. Led by one of the top pediatric gastroenterologists in the region, the Center coordinates all aspects of care, from consultations with nutritionists and surgeons, to patient and family support groups and community resources. The Center is also engaged in leading research to find new and innovative ways of treating esophageal disorders and diseases.

Pediatric Oncology and Brain Tumor Family Support

The family support programs for our pediatric cancer and brain tumor centers provide a network of resources for kids and their families. Support groups for patients, parents and siblings are just the beginning. Our family support program also provides a child life specialist who works exclusively with cancer and brain tumor patients and their families; parking passes and meal passes for families of patients with long hospital stays; end-of-treatment celebrations; group outings to sports events and other activities; and programs to help patients transition back to school after treatment and hospitalization. These services are paid for 100 percent through philanthropy. Increased funding will allow us to develop a web-site support module to expand our outreach opportunities, as well as secure the future of the services we currently offer.

Special Needs of Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge

Gifts to this fund allows Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge to acquire leading-edge equipment; provide training for caregivers; offer support services to patients/families; and provide financial assistance that enables children to get the care they need.

Child Life Program

The Child Life Program strives to provide all the support patients need to successfully cope with the procedures and often-overwhelming emotions that accompany a stay at the hospital. Charitable gifts help provide therapeutic activities such as medical play, art lessons, pet therapy, role play, games and distraction techniques, which are all used to explain a procedure and/or help patients feel more comfortable in their surroundings.

Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program

The Childhood Cancer Survivorship Program helps to improve the overall health and quality of life for pediatric, adolescent and young-adult survivors of childhood cancer. Your gift can help the program provide a complete cancer treatment summary (survivorship care plan) to enable survivors and family members to play an active role in their health maintenance and educate primary care physicians on how to most effectively, independently or co-manage these patients.

Development Pediatrics/Autism

The Autism Program uses innovative treatments to give parents the tools, training and resources to help their child at an early age, when research has shown treatment to be most effective. Your support can help the program provide training for parents to assume a role in their child's treatment; individualized plans for intensive home- and center-based treatment; parent-led therapy; child participation in structured and moderated social learning groups to prepare for peer interaction; and collaboration with the child's school and other relevant local and state agencies.

Contact us

Would you like to speak with someone about making your gift? We would be happy to speak with you further about how your charitable giving can make an impact at Advocate Children's Hospital - Park Ridge.

Brian Liedlich
Vice President of Development

Mary Kozil
Director of Development

Christy Santos
Director of Development

Jacqueline Mathews
Development Officer

Sara Sloan
Development Coordinator


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