2015 American Heart Association Campaign

By: Cheryl VanderLaan, Manager of Physician Strategy and Recruitment

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The 2015 American Heart Association Campaign at Advocate Sherman Hospital was a huge Success….and we had fun too!

The Advocate Health system adopted a baseball theme for the campaign this year – for two months during the summer we were known as The Advocate All Stars!

Sherman Hospital joined in the fun by hosting our very own lakeside baseball picnic – we had perfect weather for our hot dog lunch. We coordinated the day and time of the picnic so that we could have a live broadcast of the Chicago Cubs vs Pittsburgh Pirates Game.

Several volunteers handed out heart healthy popcorn to associates and visitors. Our “Associate Engagement Team” donated raffle prizes of duffel bags filled with summertime picnic goodies.

We were grateful to our entire Executive Leadership staff because they agreed to sponsor our DUNK TANK! We sold tickets for attempts at dunking our favorite executives–Mary Martini, Vice President of Operations, raised the most money and subsequently was dunked the most times!

We developed a new partnership with Judson University to hold our first-ever Advocate Sherman Softball game! Judson University hosted our game at their field and their softball players donated their time to umpire and keep score for us. Our hospital President, Linda Deering, tossed out the first pitch.

Physicians, Department Leaders & Clinical staff had a blast at the game. We raised nearly $800 in our first game and everyone had such a great time that the players are already planning for multiple games next year!

During the Softball game, we held an exciting 50/50 raffle. A very lucky, Jessica Hauser, from our Human Resources department won $120 …. And then to our delight, she donated her winnings to the campaign! These are just a few illustrations of the generosity, heartfelt compassion and commitment to the care of our patients we see expressed every day from our associates and Physicians at Advocate Sherman Hospital.