One Week Left to Apply for $20,000 OCIF Grant

Non-profits still have one week to submit their application for the annual $20,000 grant from the Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF). The grant is funded through proceeds from the Chip in fore Charity golf outing, scheduled for Sept. 15 at Illini Country Club. The grant deadline is Friday, June 13; an application and additional information are available on the Foundation website.

2013 Grant Recap
OCIF awarded the 2013 grant to genHkids who used the funds to support and expand their nutrition and activity-based programming, geared toward reducing childhood obesity in the Springfield area and surrounding communities. Here are initiatives supported by grant funds last year:

  • Eat Real at School- OCIF Final2OCIF Final1lMoved Ball-Chatham School District from a heat-and-serve model of food production to a daily, from-scratch cooking model that impacted up to 3,200 children pre-K to 8th grade.
  • Destination Dinner Table- Hosted 20 programs to support families to transition back to cooking at-home, from-scratch meals, affecting approximately 500 children and their grown-ups.
  • Seeds of Possibility-Garden sites are now located in four high-need areas including East Cook Street, Brandon Court, MacArthur Park  Apartments, and downtown Springfield, for a total of more than 50 raised beds and 1,000 additional square feet of growing space.
  • Grow Your Own Grub- Elementary and middle school children at District 186 schools who host gardens are learning skills including soil composition, vermiculture, composting, planting, maintenance and harvest. Additionally, they work in the kitchen to learn how to prepare the vegetables they grow. Surplus food is donated to charity organizations to help fee homeless individuals and families.
  • Move More- Programming designed to get kids up and moving in the “moderate to vigorous” range, thus enhancing blood flow to the brain and improving cognition and behavior as well as moving children toward the recommended 60 minutes per day of physical activity.

Congratulations to genHkids on their accomplishments and for providing these services to our community. OCIF looks forward to continued partnerships with area non-profits to support important community services.

About OCIF
OCIF was formed in April of 2005  to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Funding is secured through charitable gifts, donations and grants. The Foundation partners with donors to strengthen and support health and fitness in meeting the medical needs of the community. Find out more on the Foundation website.

Community Education- “Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery: What Every Patient Wants to Know”

JosephWilliamsRD copyMonday, June 20, 2014
Memorial Medical Center, Carpenter Conference Center
224 W. Carpenter, Springfield

Join Dr. Williams for a discussion about common back disorders and the benefits of minimally invasive spine surgery. Topics include:

  • Stenosis
  • Low back pain
  • Disc herniation
  • Sciatica
  • Degenerative Disc Disease

Reserve your seat today! Call (217) 788-3333.

*Note: the Carpenter Street Conference Center is located on the south side of the street, across from Memorial

OCIF Announces 2014 Scholarship Recipient


(L-R) Dr. Tim VanFleet, Elizabeth Hamill, Dr. Ron Romanelli

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation (OCIF) is proud to announce Elizabeth Hamill is the 2014 recipient of the annual foundation scholarship. The $1,000 award provides tuition assistance to a full-time, college-bound student majoring in a health-related field and can be renewed for an additional three years.

Hamill is a senior at Springfield High School and is the daughter of Tom and Cindi Hamill. She plans to attend Purdue University in the fall to major in nursing and ranks 2nd  in her class of 289 students at SHS. Her school activities include serving as class President for four years and as captain of the cross country and track teams. She is a member of the Spanish Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and National Honor Society, is an Illinois State Scholar and volunteers at St. John’s Hospital, Memorial Medical Center and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach.

The Orthopedic Center of Illinois Foundation was formed to support projects promoting patient education, continuing medical education, and regional charitable organizations.  Since its creation in 2004, OCIF has awarded almost $200,000 to local charities and those pursuing careers in the medical field.