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HOSPITALS EARN recognition

UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale, La Grange and Bolingbrook have earned the American Heart Association’s Get With The Guidelines ­— Stroke GOLD PLUS quality achievement award for 2023 for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of heart disease and stroke, ultimately leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital.

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States has a stroke or heart attack, and heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 5 causes of death in the U.S., respectively.

Get With The Guidelines puts the expertise of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association to work for hospitals nationwide, helping ensure patient care is aligned with the latest evidence- and research-based guidelines. As a program participant, UCM AdventHealth hospitals qualified for the award by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care.

“UChicago Medicine AdventHealth is committed to improving patient care by adhering to the latest treatment guidelines,” said Caitlin Huseth, stroke program manager. “Get With The Guidelines makes it easier for our teams to put proven knowledge and guidelines to work on a daily basis, which studies show can help patients recover better.”

The hospitals also received the American Heart Association’s Target: Type 2 Honor Roll award, which aims to ensure patients with Type 2 diabetes, who might be at higher risk for complications, receive the most up-to-date, evidence-based care when hospitalized due to stroke.

“We are pleased to recognize UChicago Medicine AdventHealth for its commitment to caring for those in their community who need cardiovascular care,” said DR. John Warner, past president of the American Heart Association and CEO of The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. “Hospitals that follow the American Heart Association’s quality improvement protocols often see improved patient outcomes, fewer readmissions and lower mortality rates — a win for health care systems, families and communities.”

Chess battle raises funds

Students in Community Consolidated Elementary District 181 participated in the Battle of the Boards tournament May 1.

They and students in Kambala, Australia, raised $4,500 by competing in the event for the Agape AIDS Orphanage in Hyderbad, India. Funds will be used to purchase a giant outdoor chess set for the school groups and 30 chess sets for dorm and leisure areas. Kids at the orphanage will get free online Zoom lessons once they receive the supplies.

Chicago Highlands Club in Westchester volunteered to serve as host of the event and donated food and drinks for the players.

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Two Central students finished in the top three in their individual events at the state competition for the Illinois Design Educators Association.

Brynn Bauer earned second place in Machine CAD, and Joseph Shenouda earned third place in Introductory CAD.

The students are coached by teachers Jon Schmidt and Brad Smith.


Rohan Devulapally of Hinsdale has earned a National Merit Purdue University Scholarship.

He is among some 750 additional winners of National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities and announced recently by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. These Merit Scholar designees join more than 3,000 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in June.

Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide $500 to $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

This year, 153 colleges and universities are sponsoring more than 3,800 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 81 private and 72 public institutions located in 42 states and the District of Columbia.