OSF Children's Hospital of Illinois Advocacy Award Winners Announced


OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois cares for patients from throughout Illinois and annually recognizes those who are making a difference in the lives of children. Community Advocacy Awards were recently presented to the following:

Bill Houlihan Professional Award given to Kristin Aigner. Kristin is a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit nurse who helped start the Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Clinic that includes many specialties in one clinic. Now patients who often travel long distances can in one visit accomplish what previously required multiple trips to OSF Children’s Hospital.

This award recognizes a professional who advocates for children through their work, going over and beyond the daily expectations to improve the lives of children.

Christine Zak-Edmonds Volunteer Award given to Vicki Bahr. For over 40 years, Vicki has been involved with numerous activities to help children within and outside of OSF Children’s Hospital. Some of her roles include chairing the Congenital Heart Committee, organizing the Community Advisory Board mentoring program, and helping establish the OSF Children’s Hospital Flexible Endowment. 

This award recognizes adults who embrace children and their issues, offer their time and talents as a volunteer to improve the lives of children.

Joey Stowell Youth Award given to Kaitlyn Baumann. Eighth grader Kaitlyn raised money through her bake sale to purchase a bike and helmet for every child in the Guardian Angel Residential Program in Morton, Illinois. She plans to continue raising money to provide other needs to youth in residential treatment.

This award recognizes a person or group, 18 years or younger, whose unique accomplishments have improved the quality of life for children and/or teens in central Illinois.

Group Award given to Family House. Family House provides a home-like environment for families and children dealing with a medical crisis or who are receiving outpatient health care services in the Peoria area. This year, Family House provided more than 3,400 nights of stay to 1,823 families.

This award recognizes a company or organization that works continually over time, in a variety of ways, to improve the lives of children.

Dr. Mary Schultz Physician Award given to Dr. Penny Sanidford. As a pediatric intensive care unit physician at OSF Children’s Hospital, Dr. Sandiford helps provide care for the most vulnerable pediatric patients. Dr. Sandiford became board certified in hospice and palliative care to enhance her skills in managing pain and other symptoms to help care for children with life-threatening diseases or trauma and their families. 

Dr. Mary Schultz was a champion for children throughout her lifetime. She was well respected by all who knew her.  The Dr. Mary Schultz award was created to carry on Dr. Schultz’s legacy as well as honor other physicians who spend their life bettering the lives of children.



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