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Farewell to Ronald Spaeth

When Ronald Spaeth started his tenure in hospital administration at the then Evanston Hospital Corporation, Glenbrook Hospital had not been built, Highland Park Hospital was an independent community hospital and the ENH Research Institute was a 20-year distant vision.

Spaeth is retiring this year after 35 years with Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH). He began his tenure in 1972 as Vice President for Administrative Services at Evanston Hospital and held a variety of senior administrative positions over the years, including Vice President of Corporate Services, Chief Administrative Officer for System Integration, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Highland Park Hospital from 1982 to 2002. At his retirement, Spaeth was President of the ENH Foundation.

Ronald Spaeth

Spaeth said he is proud to have been a part of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare’s growth over the years. He fondly recalled overseeing the building of Glenbrook Hospital and Evanston Hospital’s Searle Pavilion as well as the merger between Highland Park Hospital and ENH. “The administrators and physicians of this organization have never been satisfied


The Auxiliaries of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare (ENH) and Highland Park Hospital create and sustain vital connections within our larger community throughout the year. In addition to hosting a variety of impactful fundraising events, Auxiliary members work to improve patient care, support scholarships and provide needed resources to advance medical research.

The Auxiliary of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare During 2006-2007, the nearly 500 members of The Auxiliary initiated a two-year commitment to the Division of Neurology’s Center for Alzheimer’s, Cognitive and Memory Disorders at Glenbrook Hospital. “With $462,500 raised at the 2007 Hospitals’ Gala, “A View to a Thrill,” we are well on our way to reaching our two-year fundraising goal,” said Kathy Leighton, president of The Auxiliary. More than 800 guests and 24 corpo- rate sponsors, including title sponsor Aramark Healthcare and presenting sponsor JPMorgan Chase, supported the Gala, which was an evening of glamour, intrigue and surprises.

The 2007 American Craft Exposition (ACE) featured 150 artists and attracted thousands of fine craft enthusiasts to support a $2 million breast and ovarian cancer research endow- ment. The Auxiliary also continued to support the Research Scholar endowment, naming Ioannis Koktzoglou, PhD, as the new research scholar. Dr. Koktzoglou conducts cardiovascular imaging research, in collaboration with the Departments of Radiology and Cardiology. Colleen Pike, a recent Regina Dominican High School graduate who is pursuing a career in nursing at St. Louis University, received The Auxiliary’s annual $5,000 nursing education scholarship.


with the status quo,” he said. “They’ve always had great vision. In the early 1970s, we were a very good community institution that had the makings of a great academic medical center. And that’s what we became.” In recent years, Spaeth’s responsibilities have focused on raising philanthropic funds to fuel continued growth and excellence. With the EHN Foundation Board of Directors, he led the launch of The Campaign for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare, the largest fundraising endeavor in the history of the organization, and was at the helm when the ENH Foundation was formed as a new supporting philanthropic arm of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare in 2004. “ENH Foundation was created to help us provide the necessary resources to bring advances in medicine and research to our community,” said Spaeth. The Board and staff of ENH Foundation offer warm wishes and appreciation to Ron Spaeth for his many years of service and the results he achieved.

The Auxiliary of Highland Park Hospital “Performing hospital and community service, while raising funds for Highland Park Hospital, are at the heart of the Auxiliary,” said Nadine Woldenberg, president of the Auxiliary of Highland Park Hospital. “From the Alcove Gift Shop, whose proceeds contribute significantly to our fundraising goal, to blood drives, Mobile Meals, employee scholarships and the Remembrance Fund, our dedicated members actively give back to the community of Highland Park.”

After completing its $1 million Campaign pledge to the Ambulatory Care Center, the Auxiliary pledged $400,000 to create a Primary Stroke Center at Highland Park Hospital. It hosted a “Virtual Event” to support this initiative and a kickoff fundraiser, Festa Italiano, where attendees enjoyed dinner, a silent auction and bocce ball at the Highwood bocce ball court. These initiatives raised nearly $200,000 for the Hospital’s Stroke Center.

Each year, the Auxiliary also partners with Saks Fifth Avenue in Highland Park to host the “Key to the Cure” charity shopping event to support women’s cancer research and treatment. This year’s event raised funds to fulfill the Auxiliary’s pledge to the Hospital’s Ambulatory Care Center.

The Associate Board The Associate Board, chaired by Craig Kahler, is a fundraising organization of young professionals providing members with philanthropic, educational and community service programs to benefit Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. This year, the group raised more than $50,000 for the Henrietta Johnson Louis Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) at Evanston Hospital. To date, the Associate Board has directed $85,000 toward the ISCU, with a goal of raising $100,000.

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