In honor of National Philanthropy Day, HSHS St. John’s Foundation announced it has awarded grants totaling nearly $4.5 million in FY21 to HSHS St. John’s Hospital, HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital and Prairie Heart Institute. 

These are a few highlights of what generous donors help fund:

  • SIU pediatric clinics in St. John’s Women and Children’s Clinic
  • Prescription medication for patients who cannot afford their medications
  • Panda Cares Center of Hope, an outdoor healing garden and pediatric play area
  • Child life services to assist pediatric patients through play, education and support
  • Music therapy for children and adults
  • Recliners for cardiac patient rooms
  • Patient comfort items, such as books, puzzles and word games
  • Holiday and celebratory onesies for newborns
  • Student scholarships for St. John’s College of Nursing
  • Patient care items and Mammogram Mondays for St. John’s Cancer Center
  • Mind-body health services
  • Waterless milk warmers for Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
  • Beyond the NICU program for families of premature babies
  • Electronic device charging stations in the surgery waiting room
  • Special wagons to transport pediatric patients

“Donors allow us to open new patient areas that are larger and better equipped, allowing staff to provide compassionate care with the latest tools,” said St. John’s President and CEO Terry Deis. “These gifts make a difference in the lives of the thousands of patients and families who count on us to provide the highest quality care with leading-edge technology.”

Chief Development Officer Bev Neisler added, “Our donors trust in our vision to create a culture of continuous improvement without limits. We are fortunate to live in such an engaged and caring community.” 

HSHS St. John’s Foundation, a division of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Foundation, is the philanthropic arm of St. John’s Hospital. Foundation staff and community volunteers build relationships and partnerships across central Illinois that inspire charitable giving by individuals, businesses, corporations and organizations.  These gifts are used to enhance and support the heritage of the healing mission of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. 

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