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Adventist Hinsdale Hospital in the running for grant program
Online voting is under way for LIVESTRONG® contest

Hinsdale – Adventist Hinsdale Hospital has been selected as a candidate for the LIVESTRONG® Community Impact Project, a national program designed to bring proven cancer support programs to communities across the U.S. Finalists will be determined through an online voting campaign.

The Hinsdale Hospital Foundation is among hundreds of organizations still in contention for the award, which, if the hospital receives enough votes, would bring “The Creative Center: Hospital Artist-in-Residence Program” to Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. The Creative Center brings the arts to people with cancer and chronic illness as a way to help them discover their own creative resources while meeting the challenges of diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. The Artist-in-Residence program helps cancer survivors deal with the stresses of treatment through artistic expression at the bedside and in small group settings.

To vote for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, click on the “vote now” button at http://vote.livestrong.org/vote2012/regions/4/104-hinsdale-hospital-foundation/. Voting ends at 5 p.m. March 23.

“We are thrilled and honored to be selected as a candidate for the Community Impact Project,” said Marcie Calandra, director of nursing process improvement and Magnet project director at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital. “We share LIVESTRONG’s passion for inspiring and empowering people affected by cancer and look forward to working together to make a difference in the lives of cancer survivors and their families.”

Applicants with the top votes per region will receive a financial award of support to replicate and implement a sustainable program dedicated to supporting families fighting cancer. Finalists will also receive tools and resources from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the organization established in 1997 by the cancer survivor and champion cyclist to serve people living with cancer and empower communities to take action against the world’s leading cause of death.

The 2012 Community Impact Project will offer nearly $1.4 million in implementation awards to 90 finalists. This represents the largest number of financial awards LIVESTRONG has granted in a single year in the history of the foundation. LIVESTRONG is committed to supporting community organizations in their efforts to help cancer survivors face the challenges and changes that come with cancer and has invested more than $70 million in community-centered organizations.

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Adventist Midwest Health includes Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital. To find a physician, visit www.keepingyouwell.com.

Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health, Lisa.parro@ahss.org; 630-856-2354