Author Archives: Lauren Hoefert

The evolution of visiting the NICU

Time brings change. Health care is different than what it used to be decades ago. While we now have access to new technology and research to better our care methods, health care today also emphasizes family-centered, patient-focused care. Visiting standards at the OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are not […]



OSF OnCall provides a convenient ending to a family road trip

Chelsey Rodgers of Kewanee and her family were on their way back home from a fun trip to the Wisconsin Dells. Chelsey, her husband, Curtis, and their two girls, Carston, 4, and Charlee, 7 months, were visiting Chelsey’s sister. Over the last 24 hours, one of Charlee’s eyes had started to get red, puffy and […]



Pastor’s Heart Restored With Coordinated Emergency Care

Thankful. That’s what Mike Morrell feels when he reflects on his emergency experience with OSF HealthCare. It was just two days after Mike had retired as a pastor from Mendota First United Methodist Church that he woke up in the middle of the night with what felt like heart burn. After realizing over-the-counter medication wasn’t […]



Immunizing Infants for Future Generations

Vaccinating your infant isn’t something you look forward to as a parent. It’s a perfect example of bittersweet. Bitter because – well, they’re shots. Sweet because they provide protection to your little one from 14 potentially life-threatening diseases: Poliomyelitis (Polio) Tetanus Influenza (Flu) Hepatitis B Hepatitis A Rubella Meningitis secondary to Haemophilus Influenzae Type B […]