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Charitable gifts help NCH fund technological advancements, state-of-the-art facilities and outreach programs for the underserved. An independent, not-for-profit organization, NCH is focused solely on meeting the community's healthcare needs.

To make a tax-deductible gift online, visit nch.org/donate. To learn more about funding opportunities and the benefits of President's Circle membership, please call the Foundation at 847.618.4260 or visit nch.org/foundation.

The Value of Care

Patient-turned-volunteer aims to enhance his community by giving back to the hospital that saved his life

Last December, Palatine resident Steve Cohen was extremely ill for more than a week, with a fever spiking to 105 degrees. At first, no one knew why.

Once Steve was admitted to Northwest Community Hospital, physicians determined that on a business trip to Austin, Texas, he had acquired a fungal infection called histoplasmosis, simply by breathing the air. The disease is more common in certain areas of the country, including Austin, where airborne particles from fungus-contaminated soil make it easy to get infected.

As he fought off the disease and some serious complications, Steve ended up in NCH's Intensive Care Unit, where caregivers literally saved his life. He was unable to work for three months, and the crisis caused a tremendous amount of worry for him, his wife, Christina, and their six children. But it also led him to reflect on what life is all about.

Now that he's made a full recovery, Steve says, "Going through this experience made me stop and think about what's really important." One thing that ranks high in importance for him is access to excellent healthcare not only for himself and his family, but also for the entire community. A successful, nationally recognized Realtor, Steve appreciates the value of NCH as a critical resource for his clients and neighbors. "Like good schools and strong park districts, a high-quality healthcare facility makes a location more attractive for people seeking a home in a family-friendly community."

Steve expressed his personal gratitude for outstanding care at NCH by making a gift to the Hospital and joining the President's Circle, the Foundation's annual giving society for donors who contribute $1,000 or more a year. He also volunteered to serve on a committee of community leaders working to encourage President's Circle membership among fellow residents of the Palatine/Inverness area.

"We are fortunate to have Steve's support. He knows from firsthand experience why we need advanced medicine close to home," says Foundation Vice President David Ungurean. "As a businessman, he also understands how much our community depends on NCH. In turn, NCH relies on partners like Steve to continue offering the best care when we need it most."

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Last Updated 04/10/2009