A Solid Foundation An Edward Foundation Report - 2021

"Your investments in quality patient care were especially important during this period and provided significant aid in Edward’s ongoing push to optimize clinical outcomes and improve care locally."

- Brett Skeen, Executive Director, Edward Foundation

A year of uncertainty unites community in support of front line caregivers

Life last year was brimming with anxiety, disruption, uncertainty and grief caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many lost a year of experiences with family, friends or school mates. Others lost their job or business. Some lost their lives. Each of us has a story to share about 2020, but not all of them are distressing. Last year was also marked by courage, leadership, innovation, compassion and generosity. I witnessed these blessings routinely at Edward Hospital.

The Chinese American Community of the Ray Chinese School generously donated cases of masks and made a monetary gift in support of Edward's fight against COVID-19.

Physicians, nurses, caregivers and support staff were buoyed by an incredible outpouring of community support. When I think back on the many challenges of 2020, I will also recall the cards and letters, food deliveries, boxes of masks and hand sanitizer bottles, and monetary donations made during this very stressful and scary period.

The support Edward Foundation received last year on behalf of Edward’s patient care efforts encapsulates the essence of the term "community hospital". Your investments in quality patient care were especially important during this period and provided significant aid in Edward’s ongoing push to optimize clinical outcomes and improve care locally. The Foundation is deeply grateful to everyone who reached out to support Edward during this pandemic. Our hospital family was humbled and touched by your concern, interest and philanthropy.

Edward-Elmhurst Health is offering the COVID-19 vaccine, based on availability, at Edward-Elmhurst Health & Fitness in Woodridge and at the Edward-Elmhurst Health Center in Downers Grove. Scheduling is available through MyChart™.

As mass vaccination efforts proceed forward, we look forward to a return to a more normal existence, and opportunities to reengage with our donor community personally. Until then, we remain just a phone call, email, text message or teleconference away. We look forward to continued opportunities to partner with you to overcome disease, improve vitality and save lives here at Edward.

With heartfelt thanks and appreciation,

Brett Skeen, Executive Director

Foundation raises $839,501 to support Edward's fight against COVID-19

Edward Foundation initiated a COVID-19 Response fund in March 2020

Gifts to Edward Foundation’s COVID-19 relief fund over the last year have helped support the financial needs associated with Edward’s response to the pandemic, such as the purchase of personal protective equipment and temporary COVID-19 screening stations to keep patients, physicians and staff safe.

All of the funds raised through Edward Foundation's two events in 2020 also went toward COVID-19 relief to assist in sustaining Edward Hospital's patient care operations.

BIG GIVE, virtual Big Gig, shares stories from the front lines

The Edward Foundation celebrated $790,000 in contributions during its first virtual gala, the BIG GIVE, which was held on October 22, 2020 and hosted by ABC 7 Chicago's Alan Krashesky. More than 400 individuals registered for the online gala. This was the Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year and provided financial backing for Edward Hospital programs and services that directly impact patients.

The Big Gig: Parisian Soiree

Save-the-Date: The Big Gig: Parisian Soiree will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021. Stay tuned for more details about this year's Big Gig!

Annual charity golf tournament raises $403,000

The Edward Foundation hosted its 27th annual Charity Golf Tournament on August 31, 2020 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont. More than 300 golfers donated funds through sponsorships, donations, raffles and games. Dionne Miller, weekend sports anchor and reporter, ABC 7 Eyewitness News, was the event’s celebrity guest.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation implemented several modifications to ensure a safe golfing experience. Golfers went through temperature screenings upon arrival, played at a set tee time instead of a shot gun start and masks and hand sanitizer were handed out to all participants.

The 28th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

The 28th Annual Edward Foundation Charity Golf Tournament will once again be held at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont on Monday, July 19, 2021. In addition to 18 holes of golf, there will be numerous contests, game holes, a silent auction and food and beverages. We can't wait to see you for another fun-filled day!

SHARE program serves over 850 families in 2020

The SHARE program at Edward Hospital exists to provide support services to families who have suffered from a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, stillbirth or an early infant death. This group used creativity this past year to provide support while also promoting the need for donations during these unknown times.

Instead of hosting its annual Garden Blessing for the Wings of Hope Angel Garden, the SHARE group planted artificial butterflies in the garden and invited families to post pictures on social media of them “catching” their butterflies. Over 100 butterflies were placed and “caught”.

SHARE group sessions are currently hosted via WebEx. Edward is offering seven sessions a month to allow for more people to participate, and feel less isolated. Due to member referrals, the SHARE group currently has participants from five other states. They participate in the virtual community events as well as their fundraising efforts.

A Walk To Remember raises $21,000

This year the Walk To Remember was held virtually. Members could fundraise, invite friends and family, and participate in a live-streamed reading of the names. A special Facebook page was created for the event, and registrants were encouraged to post pictures of their personal walks. One of largest teams was assembled by a new family in New Jersey who walked in honor of their son, Gabriel.

Donations help to fund support groups, counseling services; activities and events including the luminary ceremony and Wings of Hope Angel Garden blessing and butterfly release; education and bereavement training; resource and reference materials; special projects and program supplies - tools to help guide families through the grieving process.

Save-The-Date: This year's Walk to Remember will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021.

While SHARE's annual Remembrance Service was cancelled in 2020, we were still able to invite families to come to the Edward campus and take an ornament home from the decorated tree in the Wings of Hope Angel Garden. The SHARE group also asked for donated items through an Amazon wish list to create “comfort baskets” to be gifted to our loss families while in the hospital.

Staff and physicians contribute more than $150,000 in annual giving campaign

Employees and physicians personally invest in Edward Hospital's patient centered mission by contributing to Edward Foundation’s annual Employee and Physician Giving Campaigns.

Thanks to the generosity of more than 400 managers, employees, and physicians donations totaled $154,568. These contributions are split between restricted gifts going toward a specific program or service and unrestricted gifts which fund the areas of greatest need, including critical patient care enhancements.

Edward Foundation awards funding throughout Edward and Linden Oaks to benefit patients

Numerous disbursements were awarded from the Edward Foundation in 2020-2021. The following are items that were purchased or areas that benefited from your donations:

  • Breast Survivorship Handbooks for Cancer Survivor Program
  • COVID-19
  • Edward Hospital Care Center
  • Edward Cancer Center Support Services
  • Expansion of Plastics & Reconstructive Surgery office/clinic
  • Linden Oaks chair re-upholstery for inpatient units
  • Linden Oaks peer support groups
  • Linden Oaks pilot for Chemical Dependency Navigator in ER
  • Milk Lab for NICU
  • Mother/Baby books and ink pads
  • Nursing research
  • PET-CT Scanner
  • Pulse Oximeters for Cardio-Pulmonary Rehab
  • SHARE group
  • Teen Mental Health First Aid Curriculum

Foundation awards $18,000 in nursing scholarships

Nine Edward employees who are pursuing a degree or advanced degree in nursing were awarded a scholarship from the Edward Foundation at a ceremony on March 2, 2021 at Edward Hospital.

A $2,000 Agnes A. Book Memorial Nursing Scholarship was awarded to Amy Rowe, RN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Yorkville.

The Foundation awarded eight other $2,000 nursing scholarships to the following Edward employees:

  • Faith Almieri, RN, Cardiac ICU, Aurora,
  • Angelica Bailey, RN, Medical Oncology, Sheridan
  • Sandi Darnell, RN, Bolingbrook Immediate Care, Naperville
  • Kathleen Deguzman, RN, Critical Care, Naperville
  • Rachel Gilio, RN, Critical Care, Glendale Heights
  • Sara Krause, Patient Care Tech, Cardiac ICU, Channahon
  • Cassandra Lopez, Patient Care Tech, Pulmonary Medicine, Downers Grove
  • John Walwer, RN, Cardiac ICU, Naperville

Foundation grants $20,000 in scholarships to student volunteers

From greeting visitors to delivering flowers, transporting patients and working behind the scenes, Edward's student volunteers have been critical to providing a safe, seamless and personal experience for patients.

Each of the 10 scholarships are valued at $2,000 each. The 2021 scholarship recipients have completed a total of 1,609 service hours to Edward Hospital.

Pictured left to right: Pranav Addepalli, Sydney Cernek, Ali Chaudry, Lavannya Deolaikar, Anika Karumuri, Nehel Khan, Alayna Nguyen, Trish Patniak, Meg Ravi and Serena Singh.

Looking for other ways to support Edward and Linden Oaks?

Join the Edward Foundation Legacy Society

The generosity of Edward Foundation Legacy Society members will ensure that Edward remains a leading hospital well into the future. If you wish to name the Edward Foundation in your will, or make it the beneficiary of any type of estate gift, please contact Brett Skeen at (630) 527-5956.

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Thank you for supporting the Edward Foundation

2020 Summary of Giving

The Edward Foundation received 3,264 gifts totaling $2,235,447 in 2020. Thanks to our generous employees and physicians, as well as our supporters who participated in the BIG GIVE and golf outing, responded to an appeal or made a gift in support the SHARE program, you helped fulfill the Foundation's mission to provide the best and highest quality services, technology and staff to the communities Edward Hospital serves.