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The Rotary Club of Hinsdale held its fifth annual Bikes for Military Kids event May 20 at The Community House in Hinsdale. The event, held in cooperation with the USO of Illinois, took place on Armed Forces Day.

The club has given away some 500 bikes and helmets to the children of Illinois active military over the past five years.

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UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale Hospital was awarded an “A” Hospital Safety Grade for the 10th consecutive year by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This accolade recognizes UCM AdventHealth hospitals in Hinsdale — and La Grange — as two of only 34 in the hospitals nationwide and six in the state of Illinois to be awarded an “A” in every hospital safety grade cycle since 2013, including this latest grade update, reflecting safety during the height of the pandemic.

“This recognition demonstrates our continued commitment to providing the highest level of safety to all of our patients,” said UCM AdventHealth Hinsdale and La Grange CEO Adam Maycock. “It is a credit to our physicians, nurses and other health care professionals on our team who work tirelessly to provide our patients with the highest-quality care and do whatever they can to prevent infections and eliminate errors. We want to always keep you safe.”

The Leapfrog Group assigns an a grade of “A” to “F” to all general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“We find with these newest Hospital Safety Grades that patient safety has suffered major setbacks nationally during the pandemic. But that’s not the case at these two hospitals, which have earned straight ‘A’ grades for more than a decade,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.“That is an extraordinary accomplishment, particularly now, and shows a relentless determination to put patients first no matter what the circumstances. My congratulations for inspiring all Americans with your leadership against all the odds.”


The 42nd annual Whirl hosted by the Chicago Zoological Society’s Women’s Board and Board of Trustees April 29 raised more than $1.6 million to benefit animal care and welfare initiatives, as well as the conservation and education programs of the Chicago Zoological Society. This year’s theme — Gorillas in Our Midst — highlighted the new 2-acre outdoor habitat for Brookfield Zoo’s western lowland gorillas, orangutans and other primates that is scheduled to open in 2025.

The fundraiser, which was attended by 525 corporate, civic and philanthropic leaders, was held at the Hilton Chicago.

The evening began with a cocktail hour and featured several of Brookfield Zoo’s animal ambassadors, including a blue-throated macaw, a Linnaeus’s two-toed sloth, a prehensile-tailed porcupine, a cape porcupine, a snake, a tamandua and a tarantula. Also, during cocktails, guests were able to view a detailed architectural model of the new outdoor primate habitat.

A three-course dinner followed in the Grand Ballroom, which was spectacularly decorated by Phillip’s Flowers. While dinner was being served, several more animal ambassadors took center stage, including the zoo’s popular Humboldt penguins. The evening also featured a paddle raise, raffle drawing and a live auction. Dinner was followed by dancing to the music of the Ken Arlen Evolution Orchestra.

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OAK book drive for SISTER SCHOOL

Oak School collected 3,445 books — four for every student at its sister school, Drexel Elementary School in Cicero.

The fifth-grade team was responsible for counting the books and taking them to a parent’s home prior to going to Drexel. The book drive was organized by the PTO.

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