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FOUNDATION RAISES funds to fight sca

The just1mike foundation raised $8,500 during Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month in October to fund free in-school heart screenings for all students at Hinsdale Central and Hinsdale South in April 2024. The money also will be used to purchase AEDs for future donations.

Junior Board members Jackson, Connor and Spencer Mangone; Bridget Schwarz; Sofia Marcic (College Junior Board); Maddie and Evan Starr and their families kicked off the month with a walk from Burlington Park to the SaveStation at Burns Field on Oct. 7, which would have been the 24th birthday of Michael Brindley, a Hinsdale Central student who passed away in 2016 from sudden cardiac arrest at age 16.

Michael’s parents founded the just1mike foundation to honor their son and to prevent another family from losing a child to SCA.

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Pediatric hospitalists from University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital are providing 24/7 care for young patients at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale under a new agreement that enables suburban families to access high-level pediatric care close to home.

The agreement is a direct outgrowth of a joint venture that UChicago Medicine and AdventHealth formed in January, combining the expertise and resources of both organizations to bring academic medicine to AdventHealth’s four hospitals and other facilities in the western suburbs.

The pediatric hospitalists from Comer Children’s in Hyde Park are specially trained to treat children who require inpatient hospital care for various medical conditions, ranging from acute illnesses to chronic diseases. They provide comprehensive medical management, coordinate multidisciplinary care and oversee the treatment plans of pediatric patients during their hospital stay.

“We provide the highest level of care feasible in a community hospital setting,” said Dr. John Cunningham, physician-in-chief at Comer Children’s and chair of the pediatrics department at UChicago. “Our commitment is to the community, and our philosophy is always to try to take care of the child close to home if at all possible. Our pediatric hospitalists are very experienced and will bring state-of-the-art care to children at Hinsdale.”

The Comer Children’s hospitalists began caring for pediatric inpatients at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale on Aug. 1.

In addition to treating young inpatients, the hospitalists are available to consult in person with the hospital’s emergency room physicians on emergency cases involving children.

“The expertise of UChicago Medicine’s pediatric hospitalists will benefit our patients tremendously,” said Dr. Bela Nand, chief medical officer at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale and La Grange. “The fact that our young patients can receive such high-quality care without having to travel far from home is a great comfort for them and their families who we are so privileged to serve. The feedback we have received from everyone has been very positive.”

The agreement builds upon an existing program under which Comer Children’s physicians provide pediatric infectious disease care at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale. Leaders are working together to bring other inpatient pediatric subspecialty services to the Hinsdale hospital from the UChicago health system, Cunningham said.


A haunted house designed by Leo Dean in Hinsdale attracted more than 600 visitors and raised $12,500 for the Lovey Project.

Massacre Manor was a 22-room haunted house in the family’s backyard created and designed by Dean, a junior at Benet Academy, for his college art portfolio submission. He recruited theater kids to work as scare actors and invited the community to purchase tickets to visit one or more nights in October.

The Lovey Project’s mission is to help provide stability, emotional and financial support, and unconditional love to children who need it most, with a concentration on mental health issues.

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