Music by the Water
More than 250 guests generously supported Musicians Care through their attendance at the Music by the Water 2013 event.
Charitable gifts are vital to the hospital
Over the last century, Sherman Hospital has established its presence and reputation as the hospital of choice in Elgin and the surrounding communities. Having earned that status for dedication to advancing the quality and breadth of patient-centered care, we have received numerous accolades in recognition of our achievements. Sherman Hospital’s deep history dates back 125 years and is rooted in philanthropy. Charitable gifts have provided funding to make many of our hospital’s successes possible, including a new state-of-the-art building, nursing education that contributed to our achievement of Magnet designation, music therapy and patient-centered care programs, and a community garden to promote community health and education. Your dollars not only matter, they make a significant impact and afford enhancements to our facilities and programming that improve the delivery of care and the overall health of our community.
Philanthropy news and events at Sherman Hospital
Below is a list of programs at Sherman Hospital that currently need your support.
Animal-assisted therapy is offered in many health care settings with the goal of improving patients’ emotional and mental state. Advocate Sherman’s program screens for temperament and health standards of dogs and handlers through an in-depth registration and certification process. Thanks to donor support, 12 pairs of dogs and handlers are currently in the program making 360 patient visits each month.
The Birthing Center at Advocate Sherman Hospital provides personalized support and education throughout patients’ pregnancy, delivery and recovery. Even after patients leave the hospital, staff is available around-the-clock to answer questions by phone. Support of the Birthing Center affords enhancements to improve the patient and family experience. Past gifts have provided funds to create a bereavement area in the healing garden for parents who have lost a baby and helped to support efforts to gain the Center’s baby friendly certification.
Advocate Sherman Hospital offers full-service cancer care, encompassing everything from diagnosis and treatment to prevention and education. We offer leading-edge, advanced equipment to help our physicians accurately target and treat tumors while sparing healthy tissue. When you support the Cancer Care Fund, you help provide the resources necessary to strengthen our fight against cancer in our community.
Mere seconds can mean the difference between life and death, whether the scenario is a heart attack, open-heart surgery, or the time between completing a test and beginning treatment. Sherman offers a full continuum of care from diagnostics through home health and cardiac rehabilitation. Support of cardiac care helps to expand and enhance cardiac services, and to maximize every minute of patients’ heart care.
Recognized by the American Diabetes Association as a Center of Excellence, Sherman’s Diabetes Center offers complete physician-supervised diabetes care and education and provides patients, as well as their families and physicians, with an individual care plan to achieve lifestyle goals. Thanks to donor support, diabetic medicine has been provided to adults who do not have the means to pay for it.
Advocate Sherman Hospital’s Emergency Department treats more than 60,000 people per year and has served as the area resource for training paramedics for over 25 years. It is also certified as an Emergency Department Approved for Pediatrics. The Emergency Department Fund allows us to assess and fulfill needs identified, which have included purchasing stuffed animals, coloring books and games for children seen in the Emergency Department.
Mission and Spiritual Care
The Office of Mission and Spiritual Care offers support for patients and their families by offering spiritual and religious coping skills before, during and after a medical event; conducting educational programs about spirituality and health; providing a chaplain available 24 hours a day; and partnering with communities and congregations in our service areas. Support of the Mission and Spiritual Care Fund helps to provide supplies that are utilized in the support of patients, which in the past has included items like yarn for the creation of prayer shawls.
Music is proven to have healing properties which include decreasing anxiety and elevating positive emotions. With a focus on patient-centered care, programming includes musicians playing in common and patient areas. With support for the Musicians Care Fund, Sherman Hospital fosters a more calming, restorative environment for patients by offering positive distractions that reduce pain, stress and anxiety.
Advocate Sherman Hospital’s nurses treat patients as individuals using compassion and skills. The Magnet Excellence Fund helps our nurses enhance standards of care and build knowledge through ongoing education and professional development, which allows us to continue our efforts to improve patient care.
Advocate Sherman Hospital recognizes how important it is to provide the best possible care for children. Families in the far northwest suburbs have the opportunity to receive world class pediatric care at a hospital close to home at Sherman. Thanks to the support of donors, Sherman Hospital’s pediatric unit fosters a child-friendly environment with a large mural featuring beloved children’s characters; stuffed animals, games and books for play; and iPads used for distraction purposes during procedures.
Special Needs of Sherman Hospital
Gifts to the fund provide the resources and flexibility to respond quickly to programs and needs that support the hospital’s strategic direction.