OSF Healthcare System receives $290,000 grant

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

OSF Healthcare System is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a $290,000 grant by PNC Bank and the PNC Foundation.

The PNC grant will help fund three programs: the pediatric school program at Children’s Hospital of Illinois in Peoria; the new Birthing Center at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington; and the Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center (JTSEC), a collaborative effort between OSF HealthCare and the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria (UICOMP) currently under construction on the OSF Saint Francis Medical Center campus in Peoria.

"The OSF Healthcare System remains at the forefront of patient care and new medical techniques, and PNC's support will ensure that central Illinois continues to offer some of the best health care resources in the nation," said Doug Stewart, PNC regional president for central Illinois.  "PNC is a strong supporter of health care because we know it ultimately makes our communities a better place to live and creates quality jobs that are critical to a strong local economy."

“Our Sisters and everyone at OSF HealthCare are grateful for this generous gift. We value our relationship – and partnership – with PNC,” said Keith Steffen, President and CEO of OSF Saint Francis Medical Center. “The Jump Trading Simulation and Education Center will be one of the beneficiaries and it exemplifies the collaboration that is so important to PNC as we work closely with UICOMP in the development of this training center. Once completed, JTSEC will be very instrumental in both bending the cost curve and improving quality of care and clinical outcomes - both of which are so fitting to everything going on with health care reform.”

The pediatric school program at Children’s Hospital serves multiple school districts and grade levels throughout the region. The PNC grant will help purchase laptops and iPads making it easier for children to study from their hospital room; give patients access to additional books and online tools offered by the child’s school; and allow for expanded opportunities such as offering a weekly program focusing on topics including music, science, and photography. In addition, preschool children will have in-room, on-demand access to PNC Grow Up Great educational videos, developed by Sesame Workshop – the creator of Sesame Street.  The videos can be utilized as a component for their learning needs.  

The portion of the grant going to OSF St. Joseph Medical Center will be designated for the family waiting area in the new Birthing Center, to make it a more child-friendly area. The Birthing Center, which opened in August 2011, includes 12 private Labor/ Delivery/ Recovery/ Postpartum (LDRP) rooms, offering mothers and their babies the latest advances in comfort and care.