Donations to the new Northwest Community Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are still coming in, and recognition opportunities remain available. E-mail the Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 847.618.4260 to learn more. To make a gift online, click here.
They say it takes a village. In the case of NCH's new, state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), it took more than a year's worth of fundraising events, numerous NCH physicians and employees, many civic-minded individuals, and a host of area businesses—in other words, an entire community. Together, these generous individuals and enterprises donated more than $6 million to help build and equip NCH's NICU. And they made possible its Level III perinatal designation, which now enables women with high-risk pregnancies, or seriously ill infants, to receive the best possible care close to home.
Since 2008, raising funds for the new unit has been a top priority of the NCH Foundation. "We are deeply grateful to our donors and excited to celebrate the NICU's new status. Many community members gave to help create a phenomenal facility and see it achieve Level III designation. They appreciate the importance of keeping our tiniest and most vulnerable citizens nearby, surrounded by loving family members," says David Ungurean, NCH Foundation vice president.
The Arlington Heights Chapter of the Eastern Star is one group that made generous gifts to the new unit. When this women's service organization voted in 2008 to make their first gift to the NCH project—it was unanimous. Many members shared personal experiences of being separated from their newborns, recalling a time when there was no local access to care for premature infants. Then leader of the group, the late Dorothy Eisenmann noted, "We wanted our gift to go to a worthy cause in the local community that would really help children and families."
Local businesses were also among the hundreds of donors to the new NICU. Arlington Park Racecourse made a gift of $25,000, which is recognized with a special plaque outside one of the unit's 16 private rooms. The racecourse's Community Relations Vice President Kristine Stabler says, "Arlington Park is proud to support our local hospital's Level III NICU. Area residents who once thought they had to travel downtown for advanced care now have one more reason to choose Northwest Community for their healthcare needs."