Good news


Four girls from Scouts BSA Troop 10 in Hinsdale have attained first class rank.

Therese Moraleda, a junior at Hinsdale Central, and Karthika Palli, an eighth-grader at Westview Hills Middle school, attained the rank in February. Annika Zilliox, a Central sophomore, and Haley Ormbrek, an eighth-grader at Westview Hills, earned the rank in April.

There are seven ranks in scouts: scout, tenderfoot, second class, first class, star, life and eagle. First class marks the first “peak” on the mountain to eagle, as the timer starts. Scouts have to start working on merit badges and can take up leadership opportunities.

Troop 10 has about 15 female members.


UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2024, marking the 11th consecutive year in which the hospital has earned the top safety grade. This national distinction recognizes UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.

“Patient safety is our top priority,” said Adam Maycock, UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale president and CEO. “This recognition is a credit to our physicians, nurses and other healthcare professionals, who work tirelessly to provide the highest-quality care and to ensure patient safety by implementing and following the latest best practices.”

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

“Everyone who works and volunteers at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale should be proud. The hospital has made a clear and consistent effort to protect patients from harm,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate everyone at UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Hinsdale for their national example and unwavering dedication to protecting patients from preventable harm.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on preventable medical errors, injuries and infections that can harm and even kill. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

In addition to the Hinsdale hospital, UChicago Medicine AdventHealth Bolingbrook and La Grange also earned “A” grades.


• Meredith Callahan of Hinsdale was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa Society at the University of Alabama April 5. The society is the national leadership honor society for college students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership and exemplary character.

• Cade Sweeney of Hinsdale was on one of the winning teams at the second annual BIG Ideas Contest held by The Kennemer Center for Innovation and Social Impact within University of Alabama’s Honors College.

Sweeney was on the three-member PrepAI team. The software decreases the amount of time teachers must spend on work outside of the classroom through an AI-powered platform aimed at providing teachers with assistance in lesson planning, idea generation and curriculum alignment.

BIG Ideas is an entry-level program that encourages students with limited or no competition experience to develop ideas, transform their thinking and address societal problems through creativity and ingenuity.


The Hinsdale Central Charity Pickleball Club held its first tournament April 21, raising almost $1,000 for the Just1Mike Foundation.

About 50 students and staff competed in the tournament, organized by club founders and co-presidents Alina Patel, Sara Izhar and Dana Karim, all Central juniors.

The Just1Mike Foundation, formed in honor of the late Michael Brindley, promotes awareness and prevention of sudden cardiac death.

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