The Patricia G. Nolan Center for Breast Health opened at Glenbrook Hospital this spring. This comprehensive diag- nostic and treatment facility was established through a connection to the generosity of the Daniel F. and Ada L. Rice Foundation with a $1.5 million grant.
A new Comprehensive Prostate Cancer Center also opened, providing comprehensive care and featuring multi- specialty cooperation all under one roof. The Center represents a new direction in prostate cancer treatment, enabling a team of physicians to determine the best treatment method for each individual patient.
Through our leadership role in implementing the first Methicillin-Resistant-Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) screen- ing program, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare was selected by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to help lead its 5 Million Lives Campaign to help train other hospitals in this critically-important initiative. We received the prestigious national Eisenberg Award for this work as well.
For the fourth consecutive year, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare was named one of the nation’s Most Wired hospital systems, demonstrating our national leadership in information technology as an important tool for improving care and service throughout our organization.
All of our achievements and continued goals for excellence in care, education and research are made possible through our many generous donors. The tremendous success of The Campaign for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare prevails as we are now near our second phase goal of raising $150 million.
We lost an inspirational partner and true friend of this institution last year with the death of Charles R. Walgreen. We are enormously grateful to Mr. Walgreen and his family for their leadership and philanthropic support.
Philanthropy remains absolutely critical to our capacity to provide high quality care as the economics of healthcare are increasingly challenging. From soaring malpractice expenses to reductions in federal and state reimbursements, the business climate for hospital systems faces sustained adversity.
Our connection to the community is reflected in our stated mission “to preserve and improve human life,” to that end we have taken community benefits to another level again this year. We have expanded demonstrated community benefit activities to include an even wider array of wellness and health education programs, and we broadened our efforts to provide care to needy and uninsured individuals in our communities. All told, Evanston Northwestern Healthcare contributed nearly $150 million of community benefits across our system of care.
Among the most important milestones of the year was the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC) unanimous ruling in August which keeps Highland Park Hospital part of Evanston Northwestern Healthcare. The new group of commission- ers reversed a previous ruling by their own Administrative Law Judge calling for divestiture of Highland Park Hospital following the 2000 merger. The FTC recognized “significant improvements” in patient care services at Highland Park Hospital post merger as a critical factor in their decision.
Looking ahead, we move forward with continued confidence and commitment to our mission and our ability to connect with the patients and communities we are privileged to serve.
From the leadership of our Board of Directors, to the generosity of our philanthropic supporters, to the expertise and compassion of our healthcare staff, to our leading research scientists, our connections represent our strength and create an important value equation for all.
Connie K. Duckworth Chairman of the Board
Mark R. Neaman President and Chief Executive Officer