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Memorial's Mission

Memorial is committed to improving the quality of life of the people in our community.

Memorial's Vision

Our community is the healthiest in the nation and Memorial is a national model of excellence.

Memorial Health Foundation Purpose Statement

Memorial Health Foundation supports that Mission and Vision by seeking innovative partnerships and creating new resources, with special emphasis on today's children...tomorrow's healthy, fulfilled citizens. Infectiously contaminating children of all ages, everywhere, to learn, have fun, and make great life choices...let the epidemic begin!

HealthWorks! Kids' Museum Purpose Statement

Memorial Health Foundation Board of Directors 2008-2009

Officers Chair Vice Chair Secretary Treasurer President Asst. Secretary Asst. Treasurer James F. Keenan James F. Keenan Najeeb A. Khan Silvia Schweizer John C. Kerr Philip A. Newbold Reginald H. Wagle Jeffrey P. Costello Louis M. Nanni Olubunmi A. Okanlami, M.D. John T. Phair Jan R. Reineke, MD Gayle Rosencrantz William J. Schmuhl Jr. Julia J. Schwartz Kurt Simon Peter Veldman Michael J. Vogel Jane J. Warner


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Directors Rev. R Mark Beeson Barbara Shields-Byrum Christopher J. Chocola Mary Jo Halbritter Leland R. Kaiser, Ph.D. Terri T. Kosik James S. Laing Mary E. Lowe Patricia H. Luck Gladys Muhammad-Ward Carmi Murphy

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Fall 2008

From the Hearts and Hands of Babes

Children helping children at Memorial

"The soul is healed by being with children." ­ English proverb Children are helping to make a difference for many of Memorial's pediatric programs. From small gestures to grand ones, each one helps Memorial strive toward its goal of a healthier community ­ especially for our youngest patients and their families.

Young entrepreneurs help Memorial Children's Hospital

Some kids spend all their free time in front of the television, but not this industrious pair: "My girls, Kathleen Molchan and Megan Tomaszewski, did an impromptu lemonade stand last year to help raise funds for the Children's Hospital," said Patty Tomaszewski, Administrative Assistant, Memorial Hospital. The girls said they wanted to "help the sick girls and boys at Memorial." "I am very proud of both girls for their efforts. In fact, they have since been looking for more ways to do community service efforts," Patty added.

Inspired by a special child

Joan and Tom Halford lost their 15-year-old son, Evan, to a brain tumor last year. In lieu of flowers, the couple asked that donations be made to the Evan Halford Memorial Foundation, which currently benefits Memorial Children's Hospital's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program and services at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh. The couple plans to expand the foundation's reach to other hospitals around the country. For Halloween last year, the Halfords asked students from Clay High School and Clay Middle School to trick-or-treat for foundation donations instead of candy. The response was greater than they anticipated; the kids filled more than 100

Not only did Kathleen Molchan raise money for Memorial Children's Hospital by running a lemonade stand, she also raised funds for the Evan Halford Memorial Foundation at Clay Intermediate Center in South Bend.

collection tubes with change. They hope to involve even more schools in the fundraiser this year. Children also participated in a swim-a-thon fundraiser last summer, hosted by the Laser Swim Team at Knollwood Country Club. In addition, Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan, where Tom is employed, is donating all proceeds from its Labor Day employee golf tournament to Evan's fund.

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Funds raised from another golf tournament on Memorial Day will go toward building a Habitat for Humanity home in Evan's name later this year. To date, the Evan Halford Memorial Foundation has helped nearly 200 families caring for a child with cancer. "[Cancer] affects people from every type of background," Evan Halford Joan explained. "No matter what your situation is, it's easy to get bogged down with all of the everyday necessities you need to take care of, when all you want to do is concentrate on your child." The Evan Halford Memorial Foundation helps families focus more on the needs of their child with cancer. Tom recalled how Evan once told Joan, "Mom, you make me feel safe." It was special moments like this one, between mother and son, that prompted the Halfords to reach out to other families battling cancer.

Dance festival creates special bond

About 3,000 dancing feet came together this spring for the third annual World Academy Feis, or Irish dance competition, at Century Center. The event, which brings dancers from around the Midwest and judges from around the world, benefits children with cancer. Julie Showalter organized the event after losing her mother, Lorraine Showalter, to cancer. By featuring Memorial Children's Hospital throughout the event, Julie proved that even children can help others. Almost $20,000 has been donated by the Feis so far; a gift from this year's event will be presented in early fall. Special touches added to the festivities this year included: · Ahappyhats-makingsessionfortheparticipants,courtesy of HealthWorks! Kids' Museum. · Araffleandsilentauctionofitemsmadebythe Memorial Children's Hospital's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program patients and their families.


An Irish Feis dancer proudly shows off her new hat courtesy of HealthWorks! Kids' Museum's "happy hats" program.

· ApromenadebyMemorialpediatriccancerpatientsin the opening ceremonies of the Feis. · Apresentationofa"BeadsofCourage"necklacetoJulie by two young Memorial patients. The beads, given to young patients as they pass through the different stages of treatment, were incorporated into a one-of-a-kind necklace by local designer Ali Oesch. If you teach children early that giving back is the right thing to do, they'll enjoy a lifetime of making a real difference in their community. For ideas on how you can help, please call 574-647-6613. To learn more about the Evan Halford Memorial Foundation, please visit The great work of Memorial Children's Hospital's Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Program is available at cancer/peds-onc.cfm.

Memorial's New Millennium Alliance

The future of health care for our community

Memorial Health Foundation proudly announces the newest members of the New Millennium Alliance (NMA). NMA recognizes those who have planned for our community through a thoughtful strategy of planned giving. New Members for 2008 Flora P. & Stanley A. Clark Greg & Kathie Conrad Louise R. Faltin Michael J. & Vicki A. O'Neil New Millennium Alliance Members Mr. & Mrs. Bruce R. Bancroft Albert J. & Lily Bezek Dr. Charles S. Bosenbury Mr. & Mrs. William A. Carleton Flora P. & Stanley A. Clark Myrna Condit Greg & Kathie Conrad Carl S. Culbertson, M.D. Mr. O. C. Davis Dr. G. Walter & Martha Erickson Louise R. Faltin Ms. Mildred M. Fitch Norma H. Frank Mr. & Mrs. Terry L. Gerber Mr. & Mrs. Arnold C. Gilman W. Glenn & Jean Gordon Carlene Grube Mr. & Mrs. Bruce C. Hammerschmidt Lorena R. Harwood Dr. Thomas & Sally Hauch Dr. & Mrs. Vincent C. Henderson Judd & Mary Morris Leighton J. Allan MacLean Mr. & Mrs. William C. Meehan Kathern Irene Merriman Peggy Millbern Daniel E. & Jane A. Neufelder

(from left) Philip A. Newbold, President & CEO, Memorial Health System; Kathie Conrad, New Millennium Alliance member; Greg Conrad, Vice President, Memorial Home Care, and New Millennium Alliance member; Michael J. O'Neil, Senior Vice President, Memorial Health System, and New Millennium Alliance member; and James F. Keenan, Chairman, Memorial Health Foundation.

Philip A. & Mary J. Newbold Eller R. Newland Helen Gregory Newland Michael J. & Vicki A. O'Neil Dr. Frank & Maryann Pairitz The Honorable Robert L. Raclin Sara Redding Tracy Reed-Case Laura B. Reynolds Mr. & Mrs. David Sage Gilbert & Ida Schaus Dorothy & Dr. Herbert A. Schiller Frederick H. & Velma B. Shearer William S. & Kathryn L. Shields Arthur & Helen Shireman Kurt Simon & Mary Lou Gordon Dr. Alan Snell George E. & Sandra K. Soper A. Dean & Charlene Speicher

Betty S. Spiro Ruth C. & Chris I. Steeneck William & Shirley Steinmetz Thomas L. Stephenson Mrs. Gwen E. Stiver Kurt & Joey Stiver Jack & Mary Lou Swantz Richard W. & Jane E. Trenkner Norma K. Turner Martha Ann Van Dyke Reg & Barbara Wagle Percy Hammond Walsh Arthur S. Warner E. Blair & Jane J. Warner Mr. & Mrs. William A. Welsheimer Sr. Jean & Ray Wiley Agatha Wilhelm, M.D. Marjorie P. & Vinton B. Yardley Ruth & Noel Yarger

NMA members are true stewards of health whose gifts will be cherished by our children, grandchildren and beyond. If you would like to learn more about this special group, please call 574-647-6613 or visit


A True Renaissance Man

Remembering Robert Raclin

South Bend mourned the passing of Robert L. Raclin this spring. Known for his vast personal and professional network and engaging personality, he was a true Renaissance Man. "He was a wonderful conversationalist," said his wife of 31 years, Ernestine M. Raclin. "So many people mentioned how much they enjoyed having dinners at our house and being with him because of his interest in so many topics." Friends knew him as "Frisky," named after a friend's relative's dog who would dart out in front of Mr. Raclin and his cohorts while they aimed at targets at the shooting range. Apparently, Mr. Raclin displayed the same type of behavior on the golf course, driving his golf cart between other players and the hole. The name stuck. "Everyone called him Frisky. It was so cute, I just loved it," Mrs. Raclin said. Born and raised in Chicago, Mr. Raclin played football for New Trier High School, winner of the 1935 Illinois State Championship. In 1940, he graduated from Dartmouth College, where he lettered on the squash team. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps where he rose to the rank of major, he joined his father's vegetable oil brokerage firm, H.L. Raclin & Son in 1946. For the next four decades, Mr. Raclin served in various leadership positions for the world's largest investment banking and brokerage firms, including Bache & Co.; Paine, Webber, Jackson and Curtis; and Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc. His responsibilities spanned European markets and, during his frequent travels, he developed a great love for the city of London. He retired from business in 1985, but Mr. Raclin was not one to let grass grow under his feet. In 1986, he accepted the position of Deputy Secretary for Intergovernmental Affairs offered by former Indiana Governor Otis Bowen, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President Ronald Reagan. "When he retired here, I was really concerned about it because he was a big city boy. But he loved South Bend," said Mrs. Raclin. She explained that for the first 18 or 19 years of their married life, he lived in Chicago and she lived in South Bend where she served as chairwoman of 1st Source Corporation. "So we had a `marriage of inconvenience,' we called it," she quipped. "He was such a "natural." He was one of these people ­ you meet them every so often ­ that no matter what the subject was, he'd have a dozen stories. And every one of them was riveting and fun," added Reg Wagle, Senior Vice President, Memorial Health Foundation.

Robert Raclin

As a community member, Mr. Raclin became acutely aware of a particular need for the area: a children's hospital. "He had talked to several people with children who had to take them to Indianapolis or Chicago [for medical care], and he said, `Isn't it a shame that these people can't have their needs more fully met here in this community?'" Mrs. Raclin said. "Bob was an early champion for Memorial Children's Hospital," said Philip Newbold, President & CEO, Memorial Health System. "He was so excited; seeing both the medical development and the community development drivers that will flow from that." Mr. Raclin joined Memorial's New Millennium Alliance (NMA) in 2006. He was also a Circles of Excellence member. Unfortunately, due to deteriorating health toward the end of his life, Mr. and Mrs. Raclin became more and more acquainted with Memorial Hospital as he needed medical care. "When he became very ill, his main desire was to come back to South Bend and back to Memorial. I think that showed his confidence and feelings about Memorial," says Mrs. Raclin. "The nurses there and all the staff were so wonderful and so efficient. He was just so relieved to get back to Memorial." Love of family, love of learning, a wonderful sense of humor and an amazing sense of discipline characterized Mr. Raclin. And, adding to his already engaging demeanor, a particular feature helped define his character even further. "In the letters I received about him, so many of them said, `The thing I'll always remember about him was his flashing black eyes--his dark brown eyes,'" Mrs. Raclin said. "He had such sharp eyes."


Opening Doors of Communication

Courageous strides through the world of autism

Navigating the mysterious world of autism can seem overwhelming for any family. For Laura Cichoracki and her son, Patrick, the therapy available at Memorial Children's Hospital's Children's Therapy Center for this complex disorder helped shine a path along a sometimes rocky shore. "Our journey at Memorial began five years ago, after Patrick aged out of First Steps and had been just diagnosed with autism," Laura explained. While the therapies at First Steps were play-based and changed according to Patrick's interest level, the therapies at Memorial were a bit more rigorous" "At Memorial, he was no longer in charge," Laura said. "He was given a series of tasks and was expected to complete them. He would scream and howl, and I would sit on the floor outside the door and cry. Christy Bartek, SLP, would insist that he make eye contact and point to the shoe in the book. And lo and behold, soon Patrick learned to follow directions." Through a referral to Susanna McKinley, SLP, Patrick received an electronic device to help him communicate with others. Previously unable to verbalize his needs due to oral sensory issues, the "talker" allows him to speak to anyone. "Now Patrick's frustration level has lessened because he

Dave and Laura Cichoracki with their children Patirck (age 8) and Megan (age 3)

has a means of telling me that he does not want to eat mashed potatoes or that he just stubbed his toe or that he wants some snuggle time," Laura said. Patrick will enter the third grade this year (with assistance from an aide), and Laura reports that he is academically "on track" with his peers. Patrick continues to make courageous strides in his journey with the support of his family, school, the community, and Memorial.

To learn more about Memorial Children's Hospital's Children's Therapy Center, visit services/childrenstherapycenter or call 574-647-5007.

A Celebration of Foster Families

Each year, foster families open their hearts and their homes to children who need their care. With the help of HealthWorks! Kids' Museum, foster parents can acquire the 15 hours of certification training required annually while their children enjoy themselves with games and activities at the museum. The program is a great success, according to Jewel Abram-Copenhaver, HealthWorks!' Conductor of Creative Chaos. During the holidays, celebrating these special families takes on a festive flair. Through Kohl's Department Stores' "Kohl's Cares for Kids" program, the store provides age- and gender-appropriate gifts and stockings to approximately 250 foster children during a special party ­ complete with Santa Claus ­ at HealthWorks! Families enjoy refreshments, decorations, and the kind of fun only HealthWorks! can provide.

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An "A Team" of Kohl's store associates helped provide food, fun, toys and games for the Foster Care Holiday Party at HealthWorks! Kids' Museum.


Celebrating Sunburst

25 years of fitness for families

Memorial's Sunburst celebrated 25 years of fun and fitness, with a record-breaking turnout of runners and walkers. From the Hall of Fame to Notre Dame, Memorial Team Members took part in whatever way they could--from handing out water to testing their limits in the marathon-- and everything in between. As its major sponsor, Memorial helped provide volunteers, and financial and marketing support--not to mention the 400-member-strong corporate team. "A spirit of health and camaraderie, volunteerism and friendship pervades our community over Sunburst weekend," says Philip Newbold, President & CEO, Memorial Health System. "Memorial proudly takes part in this exciting community event, year after year."

(from left) Lighten Up! participants Justice Franco and Carter Lane; Pam Mullin, Junior League President and Lighten Up! volunteer; and Sarah Seales, HealthWorks! High Flying Kid Motivator

Visit to find out how you can get involved.

Making Strides

A lifetime of health starts "at home"

A healthy community starts with healthy employees who are committed to keeping themselves, their families and their patients on the PATH to a richer, more fulfilling sense of wellbeing and health. PATH (People Achieving Total Health), a collaboration between Memorial Health Foundation, Tammy Vasta and the Employee Health office, and other Memorial departments, is a wellness model of excellence that encourages Team Members to exemplify Memorial's Vision to become the healthiest community in the nation. Team Members receive a map and a tracking tool to guide them through various activities, and PATH Points are earned as activities are accomplished. It was developed to reward the efforts of those committed to health. "You're more likely to stick to a walking program than anything else," says Alan Loyd, Director of Memorial's Health & Lifestyle Center. That's why Memorial has also partnered with the American Heart Association's "START! Moving" campaign. With indoor and outdoor walking paths around campus, START! gives Team Members the motivation and resources to get moving every day. Memorial Team Member Cindy Wolavka lost more than 40 pounds in the six months since the program's inception. "I love the newfound energy I feel and am so glad I added exercise to my healthy journey," says Wolavka.


Memorial Team Member Cindy Wolavka, R.N., is a living testament to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle.

Get on track with your fitness goals with the help of Memorial's Health & Lifestyle Center. Visit or call 574-647-2653. Visit the American Heart Association at

A Commitment to Health

Honoring the memory of Ruth Steeneck

The Memorial Family lost a dear friend this year, as it learned of the passing of Ruth Steeneck. Ruth was a young woman when she emigrated from Germany to the U.S. just after World War II. As a caregiver at Memorial beginning in the late 1940s, Ruth dedicated herself to the well-being of her community. A few years ago, Ruth founded Memorial's Steeneck Nursing Scholarship Fund to help others continue in the early career she remembered so dearly. She loved telling the stories of an era at Memorial that most of us do not know. Meeting with several nursing leaders at Memorial, Ruth involved herself in the process, ensuring that her commitment to health would continue well into the future. The relationship with Ruth Steeneck was nurtured by Memorial Health Foundation. Close friend and neighbor Sherri Wildes recalled Ruth's seemingly endless generosity, from her love of entertaining family and friends to always keeping treats and toys for young children who visited her home. "Ruth had a charisma around her ­ she made you a better person for knowing her," Sherri said. "God places people in your path daily, and if you are lucky enough to meet someone as special as Ruth, you are truly blessed." Sherri added that the nursing care Ruth received as a patient at Memorial inspired a great respect and love for the profession. "Starting a scholarship program was something she had the means to do and it gave her much pleasure to think others would receive quality care because she made it possible to further one's education."

Ruth Steeneck helped ensure that Memorial will continue to grow its nursing talents well into the future.

Upon hearing of Ruth's passing, Connie McCahill, Memorial's Chief Nurse Executive, reflected, "Ruth Steeneck has left us an important legacy that will grow our superb nursing talent resources into the future."

You can help nurture the future of health care in our community by calling Memorial Health Foundation at 574-647-6613 or by visiting

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