Hope is Delivered
The vision of the Hope to Hospitals program is to bring support and hope to every cancer patient, caregiver, and family member who walks into the hospital. The program has been operating in Chicagoland since 2013 when Phil’s Friends started seeing patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In October of 2016, Phil’s Friends partnered with Rush University Medical Center and in 2017, the hospital program started seeing patients at University of Chicago Medicine and Loyola University Medical Center. The goal is to bring this program into hospitals and major cancer centers across the country.
The need there is so great! It is especially difficult when patients have few family members or friends who are able to visit them. The hospital program sees over 800 patients annually with a goal to reach as many patients as we can. When a person is in the hospital, they constantly have people coming in and out of their room- tests, blood draws, doctors, nurses and other medical personnel doing the job that needs to be done. Our goal is that when we knock on their door, a patient looks up and sees a smile and a gift – but they also see hope.
A team of trained and certified Phil’s Friends staff and volunteers deliver Care Packages to patients who are staying in hospitals for treatment. Our volunteers include Master of Nursing students from DePaul University. When a Phil’s Friends representative walks into the room, it brings a real sense of hope.
These amazing team members deliver hope by taking the time to visit with the patients and listen to their stories. They approach each situation with love and sensitivity, letting each person know they are not alone on their journey.
How You Can Help
Spread hope to your area by helping us raise awareness about Phil’s Friends. We would be happy to send you brochures for you to deliver to area hospitals, cancer centers and oncology offices. For more information please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with Hope to Hospitals in the subject line. If you are interested in volunteering for hospital visitation, please email Shannon Andersen at email@example.com.