Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Advocate Merges Hope, Lutheran General Children’s Hospitals merge. Great Clips is offering $3 off per haircut to anyone who brings in leftover Halloween candy that can be sent to U.S. troops overseas.
- Bob Bong
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Fans of Whole Foods supermarkets can celebrate the grand opening of its first store in the Chicago Southland at 15260 S. LaGrange Road in Orland Park with a bread breaking ceremony at 8:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 2. There will be live entertainment, sales and giveaways. For information, visit Whole Foods on Facebook. Advocate has merged its two children’s hospitals – Hope in Oak Lawn and Lutheran General in Park Ridge – into a single pediatric care center called Advocate Children’s Hospital. Advocate says the integrated Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric care provider in Illinois and among the top 10 pediatric care centers in the United States. The two pediatric campuses will offer families more specialists – 400 pediatricians and…
Sunday, July 29, 2012
The best ptich of Sunday's Cubs-Cardinals game will no doubt be thrown by Caitlyn O'Reilly, the Oak Lawn third-grader who was brought back to life in February by quick-thinking teachers who used an AED to restore an effective heart rhythm.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
Sunday, July 29, 2012
Only months after collapsing on the playground from near fatal cardiac arrest, 9-year-old Caitlyn O’Reilly is throwing out the first pitch at the Cubs-Cardinals game on Sunday. On the morning of Feb. 29, Caitlyn was enjoying recess with her friends at Hannum Elementary School. Born with a complex form of birth heart defect involving switching pumping chambers and great arteries with a hole in the heart, the Oak Lawn girl had shown the potential for a fatal arrhythmia. That morning, Caitlyn “stared blankly” and fell over. Her young friends alerted the playground supervisor and a gym teacher and school nurse sprang into action. While the school nurse administered CPR, the gym teacher grabbed the school’s AED, a device that diagnoses and …
Friday, April 13, 2012
If not for the swift action of a school nurse, gym teacher and a portable defibrillator, 9-year-old Caitlyn O'Reilly may not have survived a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia.
On a beautiful Leap Day morning 9-year-old Caitlyn O’Reilly’s own heart took a leap of sorts, causing the girl to collapse on the playground of Hannum Elementary School. If not for the quick thinking actions of a teacher and school nurse, and a nearby automated external defibrillator or AED—Caitlyn’s survival of a potentially fatal heart arrhythmia is pure serendipity. “It was such a shock at first and then it was so amazing that she made it,” Caitlyn’s mother, Joanne O’Reilly said, who was on her way to lunch when she received a call from the school on her cell phone. “Ninety-eight percent don’t survive it.” Born with a complex form of birth heart defect involving switching pumping chambers and great arteries with a hole in the heart, the…
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Advocate Christ official tells residents she's open to their great ideas, provided 'it doesn't impact patient care."
Advocate Christ Medical Center officials met with community residents a fourth time since planning began for a new ambulatory pavilion and parking garage to set to break ground in October. The town hall included a 30-minute presentation from Advocate Christ Chief Operating Officer Dominica M. Tallarico who spoke of why the expansion was happening and what it would mean for the hospital, before opening the floor to questions from the roughly 40 residents attending the Monday meeting. “There's a lot of great ideas and we're really open to whatever ideas the community and village have,” Tallarico said, adding, “as long it doesn't impact patient care.” Though it was an open meeting, media members in attendance were asked to shut off their …
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A good cause is easy to find. You just need a pair of running shoes.
At five-months old, Drew Mickelson found it daunting to breathe. She was born with congenital heart problems that kept her on pain medication and a breathing ventilator, daily. Even though her time in life was short, anesthesiologist Craig Nelson saw the fighter in his granddaughter, Drew. “We knew she never had a chance,” Nelson said. “As a grandfather, I didn't want to believe it. As a doctor, I gave the family perspective [on illness].” On a cool day in October 2009, Drew let out a frail breath and died in her grandfather's arms. In honor of Drew, friends and family took up her name Sunday, June 5, and hit the track as the “Drew Crew” during the 4th annual Running for Hope 5K Run/Fun Walk at Pride Alternative School in Oak Lawn. “…
Monday, February 21, 2011
Advocate Hope Children's Hospital hosts first St. Baldrick's head-shaving event for childhood cancer research.
"Bald is beautiful" was the operative phrase at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital's first-ever St. Baldrick's Day celebration on Wednesday. Doctors, staff and community residents ditched their vanity and lined up to get their heads sheared to raise money for pediatric cancer research and show support for children who lost their hair during cancer treatment. The first St. Baldrick’s Day took place in 2000, when some insurance executives turned their regular St. Patrick’s Day party into a head-shaving event to help children with cancer, according to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation website. The executives had set out to raise $17,000 but instead raised $104,000. Since then, the volunteer-driven St. Baldrick’s Foundation has funded more …
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Sometimes people with the least to spare are the most generous. Jesse Tendayi visits Hope Children's Hospital bearing bags and bags of gifts.
Two-hundred ten. That's the number of new toys a cafeteria worker bought with money out of her own pocket and delivered to the children at Advocate Hope Children's Hospital on Tuesday. Since the day after Christmas, when Jesse Tendayi first delivered gifts to the children at Advocate Hope last year, Jesse has been putting a little aside from her modest paychecks so she could buy more presents for sick children this Christmas. Smartly turned out in brown skirt, white blouse and brown boots, Jesse could have been wearing a red suit as she played Santa on Tuesday, bringing smiles to the faces of babies, children and teens as she distributed toys and games at Advocate Hope in Oak Lawn. "When I see the children smiling, I can't help but smile…