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Alan and Janice Travis are excited to be new members of the President’s Circle.

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Couple with deep ties to the community joins the NCH President's Circle

For Janice and Alan Travis, it was an easy decision to join the NCH Foundation's President's Circle, a society of donors who each give $1,000 or more each year to NCH. Their bonds to the community and a heartfelt appreciation for Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) as a community-based healthcare system made it a no-brainer.

Lifelong residents of the northwest suburbs with a home in Arlington Heights, the Travises were college sweethearts who married at St. John's Episcopal Church, Mount Prospect, where they remain dedicated parishioners and active leaders. Alan built a career in sales and marketing and became a national account manager for AT&T before retiring a few years ago. Jan taught elementary school in Prospect Heights School District 23. Among her proudest accomplishments is securing a grant from the Illinois State Board of Education to bring computers and Internet access to the district's schools. Jan became director of technology, a position she held until her 2012 retirement.

Jan's longtime boss, retired District 23 Superintendent Greg Guarrine, approached the Travises about joining the President's Circle. Guarrine chairs the Mount Prospect/Prospect Heights President's Circle (PC) Growth Committee, composed of PC members who encourage friends, neighbors and business associates to join them as NCH donors at the $1,000 level.

Last spring, Greg invited the Travises to a "behind-the-scenes" event for prospective PC members, featuring a demonstration of the da Vinci robotic surgery system and a tour of the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Jan enjoys learning and Alan likes having a more intimate knowledge of what is happening at the hospital. They loved it—and soon joined the President's Circle.

In a way, becoming donors was simply the next step for Alan and Jan. In response to the excellent care Jan's mother received at NCH during a long illness, Alan had signed up as an NCH volunteer—and he's been driving a cart in the Busse Center ever since. The parents of two grown children, the Travises remember visits to the ER with sports injuries and childhood illnesses. More recently, two of their grandchildren were born at NCH. Through it all, NCH has been there for their family, as well as their friends. Jan is impressed that a friend is now being treated for cancer with a brand-new, just-approved chemotherapy drug—right here at NCH.

The Travises are not only President's Circle members, but they've also joined Greg and his wife, Rose, as members of the PC Growth Committee. "I don't think people realize the quality of care that's available at Northwest," Jan says. "As a not-for-profit, the hospital is reliant on our partnership to sustain that quality. We want to help get the word out."

Jan and Alan are pleased about the recent decision by NCH to remain independent, rather than merge with a larger healthcare system. "Now that we know this is still a community hospital, it's even more important for the community to support it," Alan says. With the Travises on its team, NCH's network of supporters is sure to grow.

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Last Updated 04/10/2009