"Community outreach is part of our shared leadership council's purpose and goals," said Mary Lou Schaik, BSN, RN, LFH clinical nurse in surgery and chair of the Nursing Contribution Recognition Council, which organized the fundraiser. "The newly opened Erie Clinic was a natural fit. The Mothers' Lounge will be a place for new mothers to learn about breastfeeding and newborn and infant care."
To raise money for the Mothers’ Lounge, departments from Lake Forest Hospital and the Grayslake Outpatient Center were asked to donate gift baskets that were decorated around a theme. The baskets were displayed outside the Patio Grille, where people could buy raffle tickets based on the basket they wanted to win. More than 7,200 raffle tickets were sold, raising money to help fund the Mother’s Room, as well as to purchase new trees for the redeveloped campus around the new Lake Forest Hospital that will open in 2017.
“We exceeded our $3,000 pledge and already raised half of our three-year goal!” Schaik said.
“Thank you so much for this opportunity,” said Lee Francis, MD, MPH, president and CEO of Erie Family Health Center, at a recent Clinical Nursing Leadership Committee meeting in which he and others were presented with a ceremonial check.
The 25,000-square-foot healthcare center opened in July and provides comprehensive medical and dental care to an underserved population for free or on a sliding fee scale. The center includes 24 examination rooms, five dental suites, two behavioral health rooms, a pediatric waiting area, a laboratory, offices and a conference room. In July 2015, it will also house eight medical residents as part of the new Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency Program at Lake Forest, led by Deborah Smith Clements, MD, chair of Family and Community Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.