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Eagle Scout project warms hearts, patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital

Hinsdale teenager and Eagle Scout candidate Jack McGowen, third from left, organized a blanket-making campaign for Adventist Hinsdale Hospital patients. Pictured with him are, from left, Kim Wolfe, Andrew Cummings and Melissa Pitts.


Hinsdale – Both elderly and very young patients will gain comfort from fleece blankets at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, thanks to Jack McGowen’s Eagle Scout project.


The Hinsdale teenager organized groups of volunteers – fellow scouts, friends, and relatives – to make 50 fleece blankets for elderly and pediatric emergency room patients and will deliver them to the hospital Thursday.


“Basically, they’re for covering laps while the patients are in a chair, and for cuddling,” Jack explained.


The blankets can help ease the stress of an emergency room visit. And if a patient, young or old, becomes especially attached to the blanket, it’s not a problem because the patients get to keep them.


The idea stemmed from Jack’s desire to serve the community hospital where he was born and was treated more than once for stitches and for bad bronchitis, receiving great care from the nurses and doctors.  Jack’s mother, Dr. Jennifer McGowen, a primary care physician who treats patients at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital, put Jack in touch with the hospital’s director of volunteer services, Sher Fox, who helped Jack develop the project.


Jack has been involved in scouting since he became a Tiger Cub at age 7. He has been a Boy Scout since age 10. While most Eagle Scout candidates are years older due to the challenging requirements, Jack is only 14.


He has already earned the 30 merit badges required in order to enter the elite ranks of Eagle Scout. He also has two years of experience required in leadership roles, having served as bugler, patrol leader and den chief.


A member of Hinsdale Troop 10 in the Des Plaines Valley Council, Jack looks forward to continuing in scouting during high school. He is entering Hinsdale Central High School this fall. He plans to attend the Boy Scout High Adventures camp in Philmont, N.M., where the wilderness offers miles of trails for hiking.



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Media contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health,; 630-856-0354