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A single woman with an office manager job, the late Lucille Babel was always frugal and never particularly wealthy. Yet, at her death in 2007, Lucille left a generous bequest of more than $100,000 to help Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) build a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).
Though childless herself, Lucille was drawn to kids and grieved over a beloved nephew who died at age 2 of leukemia. She was moved to make annual gifts to charities that supported children, and her ultimate gift to the NICU was carefully considered. Her longtime friend Faith Moffat says, "Lucille loved children, and she specifically wanted to help improve care for premature and critically ill infants."
Born and raised on the South Side, Lucille moved to Palatine to be near her workplace, the Bianci Milling Co., decades ago. She relied on NCH for many healthcare needs, and she was especially grateful for the excellent care she received for a knee replacement in 1999. After consulting with the Foundation staff and her investment advisor, Lucille decided to complete an NCH charitable gift annuity. A shrewd investor, she liked the idea of both helping her favorite Hospital and securing lifelong retirement income for herself.
Over the years, Lucille became a frequent recipient of NCH services, as well as a proud donor and enthusiastic ambassador for the Hospital. A voracious reader, her eyesight began to fail with age. But, with guidance from NCH, she received a magnifying machine that made it possible for her to continue devouring books. After her second knee replacement and follow-up therapy at home, Lucille repeatedly sang the praises of NCH's Home Care department. And when a friend was contemplating knee surgery, Lucille told her all about her favorite nurse on the orthopedic floor. "Lucille was always happy with her care at Northwest Community," Faith says.
David Terrill, NCH's director of planned giving, met with Lucille during the last year of her life to create her bequest for the NICU. Although the new unit was still in the planning stages, David says, "Lucille's eyes lit up when she heard about plans for the NICU. She was very satisfied and pleased with her decision to support this special service." The new unit opened in May 2010 and now offers Level III neonatal care to nearly 500 premature and critically ill newborns a year—the most advanced level of care available—something that would be sure to make Lucille proud.