MELROSE PARK, IL – Gottlieb Memorial Foundation Chairman Jack Weinberg announced that the foundation has pledged a gift of $12.8 million for the renovation of the emergency department at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.
The emergency department will be renovated to enhance care for the specialized needs of patients in Melrose Park and the surrounding communities, including senior citizens and patients with chronic conditions such as COPD and heart failure.
Mr. Weinberg, grandson of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital's founder, said the foundation was inspired by the plan to modernize the emergency department, with the community demographics in mind.
"My family, together with many leaders in the community, established Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in 1961 out of a sense of civic pride, concern for the well-being of others and a dedication to giving back," Mr. Weinberg said. "We are pleased to be able to continue that mission today."
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is a 247-bed acute care hospital in Melrose Park that offers advanced specialty, emergency, inpatient and outpatient medical care in a community hospital setting.
While complete details are still being finalized, preliminary plans for the emergency department project call for creating a new fast-track area, waiting room and psychiatric pod, as well as renovations to the treatment and observation units. Enhanced security and disaster preparedness features will also be included. Planning will begin this year.
"We are grateful to the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation for their generous gift," said Larry M. Goldberg, president & CEO, Loyola University Health System. "Thanks to this donation, we can improve patient experience and quality outcomes, further integrate technology and encourage outreach to this community with a large senior population."
The Gottlieb Memorial Foundation was established in 2008 when Gottlieb Memorial Hospital became affiliated with Loyola University Health System. Previous gifts from the foundation include $6.5 million to upgrade facilities and technology in the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park, named for Mr. Weinberg's mother, and a $4 million gift to create 21 private rooms in the hospital's cardiac unit. Other projects funded by the foundation include renovations to the intensive care, cardiac, surgical, acute rehab, orthopaedic and obstetrics units.
Mr. Weinberg is a prior member of the Loyola University Health System's board of directors and a recipient of Loyola's President's Medal for Distinguished Service.