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Women’s Legacy Circle

More than $1 million in grants from the Women’s Legacy Circle have funded over 135 extraordinary healthcare projects at Carle Foundation Hospital and other sites throughout our Champaign-Urbana service area. Every year, this group of generous and compassionate women combine their resources, learn about the specific healthcare needs of the community they call home and decide how they want to spend their annual gifts. Since 2009, this one-of-a-kind giving circle has made an outsized impact not only at Carle, but also in the lives of the many individuals and families touched by their generosity. Become a part of this extraordinary group today – the larger the Women’s Legacy Circle grows, the greater their impact on the care Carle provides for all who depend on us.


Our Impact

In 2023, the Women’s Legacy Circle awarded nearly $93,000 to fund 14 patient-focused projects at Carle Health locations in the Champaign-Urbana area. This includes six projects funded by individual members. Here’s a look at the grants funded and the impact made by the generosity of more than 200 women in our community.

1. Teddy bears for children newly diagnosed with diabetes help teach safe, easy-to-understand care techniques. 

2. New vein finders help prevent multiple painful sticks for patients during lab visits.

3. A forensic camera system enhances the important work of Carle Health teams combating child abuse and sexual assault.

4. Special pouches for EpiPens and food-allergy action plans help keep children safe wherever they are.

5. Patches for patients with diabetes secure glucose monitors and insulin pumps for more accurate monitoring. 

6. Frenzel lenses provide a more accurate diagnosis for patients facing dizziness.

7. New washers and dryers at the Carle Auxiliary Guest House improve the stay-over experience for families with loved ones receiving lifesaving care at Carle Foundation Hospital.

8. Care kits for families of children with hearing devices make hearing-aid care easier at home. 

9. The Visual Reinforcement Audiometry system gets infants and toddlers ready for their audiology tests.

10. New furniture and toys improve the experience for children during behavioral health visits. 

11. Special mannequins train our teams to enhance the lifesaving care infants and children receive in our Emergency Department.

12. Therapy staircases build patients’ strength and confidence in a less stressful, controlled setting.

13. Blood pressure, weight and oxygen monitoring devices help patients track their recovery from home.

14. The new Vein Visualization System improves vein assessments during surgery – key for better patient outcomes.