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DONORS RALLY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TWO NEW PIECES OF EQUIPMENT.
Through the combined efforts and generosity of numerous donors, Chicago Shriners Hospital was able to purchase two new pieces of equipment over the past few months. The new NeuroCom Equitest Computerized Dynamic Posturography System (see photo) has been a welcome addition to the Motion Analysis Center. Joe Krazyk, PT, Ph.D., PCS, who is extremely excited about this purchase states, “The new NeuroCom replaces our 15-year-old machine that was outdated. This system will allow us to continue our line of clinical research projects to get a better understanding of the development of balance for our patients and the effects of different intervention methods.” He added, “We cannot thank our donors enough for their dedication in improving the care we offer to patients with balance deficits.”

This purchase was made possible through direct donations, fundraising events, and online giving through the Love to the Rescue fundraising platform. Special thanks to the Tuttle Family Foundation, The Jane Ellen Murray Foundation, Berrien County Shrine Club, Jackson County Shrine Club, the Zenobia Shriners of Northwest Ohio, and many generous individuals for raising $72,000 needed for this new system that will provide more opportunities for our patients to practice balance skills in a safe and supported environment.

The second machine that was recently purchased through the generosity of our benefactors is the new OEC Elite Premium mobile C-ARM. The C-ARM (see photo below) is a medical imaging device that is based on X-ray technology and is used in all of our operating rooms. The device, which has a C-shaped arm used to connect the X-ray source and X-ray detector to one another, provides high-resolution X-ray images in real time and allows our medical staff to monitor progress at any point during operations and immediately make any corrections that may be required.
"Our surgical team performed over 650 spine and orthopaedic surgeries last year and there are days when all three of our C-ARMs are in use at the same time,” states Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ackman. “We are thrilled that we are able to purchase a new C-ARM and look forward to replacing the other two in the near future.”

Chicago Shriners Hospital thanks all the Shrine Clubs, foundations, and individuals for their dedication in providing this new device that will lower the dosage exposure and provide more efficient procedures for our patients. The following groups, along with many other supporters of the hospital, helped us reach our goal of $170,000 for this new state-of-the-art medical technology. Jackson Shrine Club, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, Mizpah Shrine Horse Patrol, Mohammad Shrine Transportation Fund, Moslem Golf Outing, South Lake County Shrine Club, White County Shrine Club, Rinker Family Foundation, Richard and Sharon Thomas Trust, and Mrs. Karen Couden (In memory of her husband, Dr. Trevert L. Coudon, who practiced here at Shriners in the late 1960s).
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DONORS RALLY TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TWO NEW PIECES OF EQUIPMENT.
Through the combined efforts and generosity of numerous donors, Chicago Shriners Hospital was able to purchase two new pieces of equipment over the past few months. The new NeuroCom Equitest Computerized Dynamic Posturography System (see photo) has been a welcome addition to the Motion Analysis Center. Joe Krazyk, PT, Ph.D., PCS, who is extremely excited about this purchase states, “The new NeuroCom replaces our 15-year-old machine that was outdated. This system will allow us to continue our line of clinical research projects to get a better understanding of the development of balance for our patients and the effects of different intervention methods.” He added, “We cannot thank our donors enough for their dedication in improving the care we offer to patients with balance deficits.”

This purchase was made possible through direct donations, fundraising events, and online giving through the Love to the Rescue fundraising platform. Special thanks to the Tuttle Family Foundation, The Jane Ellen Murray Foundation, Berrien County Shrine Club, Jackson County Shrine Club, the Zenobia Shriners of Northwest Ohio, and many generous individuals for raising $72,000 needed for this new system that will provide more opportunities for our patients to practice balance skills in a safe and supported environment.

The second machine that was recently purchased through the generosity of our benefactors is the new OEC Elite Premium mobile C-ARM. The C-ARM (see photo below) is a medical imaging device that is based on X-ray technology and is used in all of our operating rooms. The device, which has a C-shaped arm used to connect the X-ray source and X-ray detector to one another, provides high-resolution X-ray images in real time and allows our medical staff to monitor progress at any point during operations and immediately make any corrections that may be required.
Our surgical team performed over 650 spine and orthopaedic surgeries last year and there are days when all three of our C-ARMs are in use at the same time,” states Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jeffrey Ackman. “We are thrilled that we are able to purchase a new C-ARM and look forward to replacing the other two in the near future.”

Chicago Shriners Hospital thanks all the Shrine Clubs, foundations, and individuals for their dedication in providing this new device that will lower the dosage exposure and provide more efficient procedures for our patients. The following groups, along with many other supporters of the hospital, helped us reach our goal of $170,000 for this new state-of-the-art medical technology. Jackson Shrine Club, Ladies of the Oriental Shrine, Mizpah Shrine Horse Patrol, Mohammad Shrine Transportation Fund, Moslem Golf Outing, South Lake County Shrine Club, White County Shrine Club, Rinker Family Foundation, Richard and Sharon Thomas Trust, and Mrs. Karen Couden (In memory of her husband, Dr. Trevert L. Coudon, who practiced here at Shriners in the late 1960s).Image attachment
MEET SHEILA!

Soon after arriving in America in 2008 from the Jiangxi Provence of China, Sheila and her mother, Kara, consulted with Dr. Terry Light at Chicago Shriners Hospital. Sheila had hand surgery to separate some of her fingers and allow for more use of her hand. She also received wrappings and braces to help with the mobility of her hand and arm. Today Sheila enjoys her science, religion and music classes at school, and plays piano, chess, volleyball, and basketball. Sheila speaks fondly of the time she joined other Shriners patients and hospital recreation therapy staff on a water-skiing outpatient trip. Kara knows the future is bright for Sheila, and that there are no limits to what she can achieve.
SPIRIT HALLOWEEN MAKES SPELL-BINDING GIFT
 
Spirit Halloween visited Shriners Hospitals for Children — Chicago in January with a treat – a check for $102,539! This group has been partnering with Shriners Hospitals for more than 10 years, supporting our Child Life Department with the proceeds of their Halloween costume promotion as well as volunteering at the Halloween party for our patients. Their financial impact totals more than $300,000 for our hospital. Pictured above are Development Officer Dan Winter, Spirit of Halloween Zone Manager Barb Gorski, Child Life Director Darlene Kelly, Spirit Halloween representatives Mark Wilson and Amy Reinhart, along with Chairman, Board of Governors, Mark Berillo.
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Shes a therapy dog and fashion fanatic. Little Lola Sunshine brought plenty of smiles during her visits with our hospital patients today. NBC Chicago and LeeAnn Trotter have the story today at 4:30 p.m. CT.
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