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About the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation
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The Foundation’s mission is to raise, steward and disburse funds for the benefit of Abbott Northwestern Hospital and the communities we serve.
Since 2002, the Foundation has given away more than $85 million in grants. These grants:
Give today to support this important work.
Board of Directors, 2013-2014
The Foundation is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. They are members of the community and physicians who practice at Abbott Northwestern.
*Directors – Ex-Officio
Foundation staff members are committed to serving Abbott Northwestern Hospital and its supporters. To discuss your particular philanthropic interests, or for more information about giving opportunities, please contact the Foundation at 612-863-4126 or contact a staff member directly.
Each year, we publish an annual report to chronicle some of the ways in which donors and contributions improve the lives of patients.
View an annual report:
It all started in 1958. Maxine Anderson was a nursing student and Guillermo Dacumos was a medical intern at what was then Northwestern Hospital. They met on a blind date, and the relationship quickly blossomed. Marriage and three children followed. More than 50 years later, they have fond memories of the hospital and give annually to the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.
On Feb. 4, The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Children’s – Minneapolis celebrated its first birthday. The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation raised $5.4 million in support of the center thanks to generous donors. Baby Gemma was the first of 5,153 babies born there in year one.
Paul Bilka, MD, made some decisions near the end of his life that will have a lasting impact on Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He made legacy gifts and a $1 million cash donation to the hospital. "He looked at what was important to him, and that drove his decisions," said Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation President Rich Meyer.
Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation is raising $15 million from the community to renovate, enhance and expand Abbott Northwestern’s Emergency Department in Minneapolis and Neurological Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU). This campaign will benefit patients who need specialized care for conditions that are life-threatening and require comprehensive care and constant monitoring.
Joyce and Dick McFarland have given generously of their time, talents and resources to Abbott Northwestern Hospital for decades. So, when they each experienced a stroke, there was no question where they would go. They became patients of Abbott Northwestern's Emergency Department and Neuro Intensive Care Unit. They share their story as the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation launches the Critical Care Campaignto raise $15 million for these departments.
Through the end of 2013, the George Family Foundation will match all new or increased gifts to the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing dollar-for-dollar up to $75,000. Gifts will support integrative health programs, such as the Transformative Nurse Training program.
When Denise and Adam Hauge learned they were expecting a baby last year, they were delighted to hear about another new arrival: The Mother Baby Center at Abbott Northwestern and Children’s – Minneapolis. Denise delivered a healthy baby girl, Liliana Hope, at the new center in March.
In 2012, the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation granted more than $110,000 to three programs that assist patients who lack the financial ability and resources to pay for prescriptions.
It was an extraordinary year for Becky and Pete Slabiak and their twin girls, Etta and Elsie. In the fall of 2011, the girls made a dramatic entrance into the world. Just 31 weeks pregnant, Becky went into labor and had an emergency cesarean section at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Today, Etta and Elsie are “beautiful, healthy and strong."
Paul Bilka, MD, found the perfect way to support his two passions of medicine and education through a planned gift to establish the Medicine Clinic Education Fund.
Ashley Mehbod has been connected to Abbott Northwestern since birth. She was delivered at the hospital, and when she and her husband started their family, they also chose to deliver at Abbott Northwestern. Mehbod gave back as chair of the 2012 Medicine Ball "Baby Love!" gala.
It’s not enough for some Abbott Northwestern physicians and employees to give of their time and talents at work. Many of them also have stepped up to make a donation to Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation's community giving campaign, physician giving program or the 2012 Medicine Ball.