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A Sense of Community

Giving back allows local residents to make a lasting difference while building strong bonds within their neighborhood

All through the winter of 2008, Bill Dillon shoveled snow, took long walks and had no idea there was anything wrong with his heart. Then one night in March, he and his wife, Cathy, were on their way home from the opera when he suddenly felt chest pain and got dizzy. A nurse by training, Cathy mentioned the incident to her cardiologist who insisted that her husband come in the next day for testing. He did—and six days later, Bill was wheeled into surgery at Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) to have his aortic valve replaced by one of the Hospital's most experienced cardiothoracic surgeons, Ali Shariatzadeh, MD.

Throughout this ordeal, Cathy says she was impressed by not only the clinical expertise, but also the clear communication and attentiveness of the care team. "I was blown away by how well it was handled," she says. Bill's surgery was successful, his recovery complete—and he enjoys an active, healthy life. But Bill and Cathy expected no less from NCH. As Arlington Heights residents since 1966 and the parents of two adult sons, they've put their trust in the Hospital many times—and they've never been disappointed.

The Dillons also trust NCH with their charitable gifts. They are long-standing members of the NCH Foundation's President's Circle, a giving society for donors who give $1,000 or more each year to support the Hospital. As one of the area's few independent, nonprofit hospitals, NCH relies on philanthropic gifts from donors like the Dillons to help fund various projects.

Now a retired financial executive, Bill grew up on a farm near Libertyville and has deep roots in the community. While he regards supporting the Hospital as a civic responsibility, Bill also genuinely enjoys attending President's Circle events because so many of the Dillons' friends, fellow parishioners at First Presbyterian church, and well-known "pillars of the community" are part of this network.

Cathy is grateful for the "behind-the-scene" tours and presentations on clinical programs she's experienced as a President's Circle member. "We've learned about all the new technology and specialty care programs, we've had input into the design of the South Pavilion, and we feel connected to the Hospital," she says. "We know the quality of care at NCH is so high that we would not have to go downtown for advanced treatment."

Both the Dillons are deeply satisfied with the results of their charitable giving to Northwest Community. As Cathy says, "It's gratifying to see so many tangible results from our philanthropy." Bill adds, "We encourage those who can to join us as President's Circle members. It's a wise and worthwhile investment."

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Last Updated 04/10/2009