By Sheila Galloro
Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital neonatal intensive care unit has opened a Bright Space® for Siblings play area, a designated play space for brothers and sisters of infants in the NICU. March of Dimes and Bright Horizons have formed a partnership to create these spaces in NICUs across the country.
By Kara Spak
Born at 33 weeks gestation after doctors detected an irregular heartbeat, Jossie Mullman spent the first three weeks of her life in Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Now a healthy 2 ½-year-old, Jossie, her parents Jennifer and Jeremy Mullman and big brother Jack are returning to Northwestern Medicine® with other preemie patients and their families on October 12 to thank the NICU staff.
“It’s a pretty good day in my book when I can thank and hug the NICU nurses who provided loving care to Jossie,” said Jennifer Mullman of Wilmette.
By Megan McCann
In partnership with The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago magazine will bring together the city’s top restaurants and chefs at Chicago’s Table on Friday, October 26, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the River East Art Center, 435 E. Illinois Street in Chicago. A portion of the event proceeds will support research and therapies for stroke patients at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Tickets to the event are $125 and can be purchased in advance through www.chicagomag.com/table.
By Megan McCann
More than $570,000 was raised at the Fourth Annual Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute (NBTI) Minds Matter Benefit Dinner on Friday, September 28, at the Radisson Blu Aqua hotel. Proceeds from the dinner will benefit research and programs at NBTI, a nationally recognized leader in the fight against brain and spinal cord tumors. The institute, a collaboration between Northwestern Medicine® and the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, is dedicated to accelerating efforts to advance research breakthroughs and to improve treatment, outcomes, and quality of life for patients with brain and spinal tumors.
By Lindsey Fox
As I walked into Prentice Women’s Hospital last Saturday morning, I knew what to expect. I knew there would be hugs, laughter and tears and most of all, I knew I would soon meet countless grateful families. On the third floor of Prentice, in a room decorated with purple and white balloons, more than 200 Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) graduates, their parents and families reunited with the NICU medical staff who had cared for the premature infants during their hospital stay. The event was the first reunion of the NICU Family Support® Program.
By Megan McCann
The Paul Ruby Foundation for Parkinson’s Research held its annual Concert for a Cure event last month raising $100,000 to fund research at Northwestern’s Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center. The concert, which featured 11 bands, was held at Tanna Farms in Geneva and attracted a crowd of more 1,200 people.
The Paul Ruby Foundation is an entirely grassroots organization with volunteers serving as staff and on its board. Funds are raised through a variety of events and campaigns, culminating with the annual Concert for a Cure, a large festival with live music and family fun. The organization began after founder Paul Ruby set out on a personal journey to help find a cure after learning he had young-onset Parkinson’s disease. Since its inception in 2007, the Paul Ruby Foundation has raised more than $500,000 for Parkinson’s research at Northwestern.
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