For more than 150 years, Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s longstanding commitment to serve the healthcare needs of Chicago and our surrounding community has been a hallmark of the organization. The partnerships and initiatives created have successfully improved health outcomes in our neighborhoods by bringing efficiency to health care access and broadening the scope of health education programming. As a physician and administrative leader of the organization, it is rewarding to be an extension of Northwestern Memorial’s legacy of service to our community.
Throughout my tenure at Northwestern, I have had the privilege of working with our staff as well as various partner organizations to develop and implement programs and initiatives that have greatly impacted the Chicagoland area and the world. Four of these key initiatives include: the Diabetes Collaborative, asset donation, the Medical Explorers program and Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon.
2. Our asset donation program launched in 2007 to provide gently used medical equipment, patient care beds and furniture to organizations in need both in the United States and abroad. Today, we are proud of the dedication to the program, and partnered with Mission Outreach in 2010 to support local, national and international organizations in their delivery of healthcare to the needy.
3. In order to offer high school students an advanced look at careers in medicine while emphasizing life skills, service learning character development and leadership, the Medical Explorers program was launched in 1996. Throughout the years, the hospital’s high school mentoring program has expanded to include programs like the Northwestern Medicine® Scholars Program at Westinghouse College Prep, which allows students who are interested in pursuing careers as physicians and researchers the chance to take part in two-week intensive summer trainings and get hands-on guidance during their four years of high school.
4. Nearly 600 Northwestern Memorial, Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital and Feinberg School employees participated in a full day of service at the 17th annual Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon, where Northwestern was named the year’s largest corporate sponsor.
Recently, my colleague Posh Charles, director, external affairs and community health, and I had the privilege of being recognized for our work on behalf of the hospital by the Chicago Healthcare Executives Forum (CHEF). It is wonderful to be recognized and to see our efforts come together to benefit so many people.
To learn more about the hospital’s community outreach, visit us on our website.