November 11, 2010

Gottlieb Memorial Foundation's $6.5 Million Gift To Bring New Facilities, Technology to Hospital's Cancer Center

MELROSE PARK, Ill. - Jack Weinberg, chairman of the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation, has announced a foundation gift of $6.5 million for Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System. The gift, announced at the hospital's 49th annual Emerald Ball fundraiser last Saturday, will be used to upgrade hospital facilities and bring the latest technology to the hospital's cancer center, which bears the name of Weinberg's mother, the late Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg. Some $5.3 million will be used for new exam and infusion rooms, and a permanent PET/CT scanner will be added to the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center on the Melrose Park campus. The remaining $1.2 million will be used to build a second-floor waiting area. The expansion reflects the hospital's commitment to patient-centered care, focusing on the comfort of patients and their loved ones. "Gottlieb Memorial Hospital plays a critical role in the western suburbs. As part of the Loyola University Health System, the Weinberg Cancer Center offers academic-level specialists and the latest clinical trials to the families in the greater Melrose Park/Oak Park and River Forest area. This generous foundation gift takes us a step further, bringing next-generation upgrades to a facility that will be a source of healing and hope for patients who rely on us for care today, as well as for future generations," said Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, president and CEO, Loyola University Health System. Construction at the center is planned to begin right away, with completion scheduled for early summer next year. In announcing the gift, Weinberg reminded gala attendees of his family's half-century of dedication to the Melrose Park hospital.

"Let this donation kick off the start of a yearlong 50th anniversary celebration of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital," said Weinberg, who is a grandson of the hospital's founder, David Gottlieb, a successful Chicago businessman. "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, and we in the foundation intend to actively continue that important mission." The $1.2 million construction of a second-floor surgical waiting room, also funded by the foundation gift, will bring an additional large, family-friendly waiting room to the area over the existing driveway canopy. This addition will bring new, comfortable space that will accommodate hundreds of family members each week. The building's exterior will also be enhanced. "We are grateful for the partnership and the support of our dedicated foundation members, who have invested in our patients and in our employees," said Trisha Cassidy, Gottlieb president and senior vice president of strategy, Loyola University Health System. "Gottlieb will stand strong for another 50 years and we will joyously celebrate its centennial, thanks to the counsel and guidance of Mr. Weinberg and his associates," she said. Last year, the foundation announced a $4 million gift at the event. That donation was used to create 21 additional new private patient rooms in the hospital's sixth-floor cardiac unit. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital affiliated with the Loyola University Health System in 2008. The Gottlieb Memorial Foundation was created at the time of the Loyola affiliation and funded with $75 million to support future health initiatives at Gottlieb. In addition to his role as foundation chairman, Weinberg is a member of the LUHS board of directors. In May, Weinberg was presented with the President's Medal for Distinguished Service by Loyola's president and CEO. The medal recognizes Weinberg's exemplary philanthropic support, advocacy, community outreach and volunteerism. A second gift to the hospital, $75,000 to fund a renovation of the mammography area, was announced at the fundraiser by Dorry La Spisa, acting as president of the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Since its founding in 1961, the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary has raised more than $5 million for the hospital and its programs. Together with the medical staff, the auxiliary also has awarded more than $250,000 in scholarships to area high school and college students and has directed all proceeds from the hospital gift shop to hospital programs.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.