The vision of the Hope to Hospitals program is to bring support and hope to every cancer patient, caregiver, and family member we have opportunity to connect with. We first set out to partner with the 4 major cancer hospitals in Chicago. Since 2013, Phil’s Friends has been visiting 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 visitation at University of Chicago Medicine and Loyola University Medical Center. Most recently, we’ve expanded our mission into the suburbs of Chicago and have partnered with Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital. Our goal? To bring our program into hospitals and major cancer centers across the country. Currently, our hospital program sees 1,000+ patients annually. When a person is in the hospital, they constantly have people coming in and out of their room for tests, blood draws, etc. – doctors, nurses and other medical personnel doing the job that needs to be done. It is especially difficult when those in the hospital have few family members or friends who are able to visit them. Our goal is that when we knock on their door, a patient looks up, sees a smile and a gift – and they also see hope.
A team of trained and certified Phil’s Friends staff and volunteers deliver care packages to patients who are in hospitals for treatment. Our volunteer team includes Master of Nursing students from DePaul University. When a Phil’s Friends representative walks into the room, it brings a real sense of hope. Our team members take the time to visit with 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.