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Mickey DeMore (left) at the 2015 Angels Ball gala.

Mickey DeMore (left) at the 2015 Angels Ball gala.

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Our Presence Health values matter across our entire health system, but it is in the setting of hospice and palliative care that they become essential. Rainbow Hospice and Palliative Care ministry continuously provides care and comfort to patients who are reaching the end-stage of life. Rainbow is a place where patients can spend their final days with dignity—that is what initially impressed Mickey DeMore, now a beloved long-time volunteer and donor.

After many years of volunteering and serving at Rainbow, Mickey found herself relying on the ministry for her husband Jim. In time, Jim became quite ill with macular degeneration, dementia and other ailments. Toward the end of his life, Jim was in an intensive care unit and on multiple life-sustaining machines. “He looked so scared,” Mickey remembers.

At that point, she knew exactly where to go. Rainbow stepped in and chauffeured Jim and Mickey to the Ark, Rainbow’s inpatient unit. That is where Jim spent his final days. The Ark’s home-like environment was in stark contrast to the sterile hospital environment, and both Jim and Mickey immediately felt more at ease.

During that time, Mickey was impressed not only by the care Jim received, but also by the kindness and extremely helpful nature of the staff, which had a dramatic impact on Mickey.

“Although Jim couldn’t communicate at that point, I could tell by his eyes that he was more relaxed and at peace,” said Mickey. “Also, it was certainly more comfortable for me, knowing that someone who could help was right outside the door.”

Mickey’s involvement with Rainbow continued after Jim passed away. She still proudly supports Rainbow, philanthropically, working in the office and attending events. She is kind, understanding and grateful. But her gratitude does not come from any specific caregiving act that might have been performed. Mickey, as well as many other grateful families, connect with Rainbow’s broad patient-centric philosophy that stresses comfort and care rather than cure.



Rock the Boat

On Friday, July 27, the Presence Health Ambassador Board hosted Rock the Boat, their first fundraising event, at Columbia Yacht Club. The Ambassador Board is an active group of young professionals focused on creating awareness about health care, working to make a positive impact in our Chicagoland ministries.

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A Major Gift Benefitting Multiple Ministries across the System

Presence Health continues to benefit from the continuous generous contributions of the Hermitage Charitable Trust. Their recent gift of $422,500 provided support to 17 different programs across the health system.


Philanthropy Spotlight

The Case for Planned Giving

In recent months, the Foundation has been collaborating with Stelter, industry leaders in planned giving strategy. The following article, from their blog, highlights the increasing importance and value of planned giving programs.

We are excited to announce that will be launching a planned giving website and program this fall.

“Giving USA 2018”: Inside the Numbers


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All Board Meeting

All boards are invited to come together on Thursday, November 29, 2018 for our All Board Meeting gathering.

Upcoming Events

November 3, 2018
Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center Annual Gala

November 6, 2018
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Spooktacular Fundraiser

November 29, 2018
All Board Meeting

March 2, 2018
The Presence Ball 2019

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PRMC Earns Echocardiography Reaccreditation

PSJH-Chicago Mark M. Connolly Center for Cancer & Specialty Care Reaccredited by the NAPBC

Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Achieves Magnet® Recognition