Net proceeds from Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) Foundation’s 2017 Golf Classic held in July exceeded expectations with nearly half a million dollars generated for NCH programs and services. The Classic has raised more than $9 million in the 20-year history of the event.
“Proceeds from this year’s event will support the tremendous investment in staff, physicians and technology that a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) requires, along with financial assistance for families in need of this life-saving care, but who are unable to afford it,” said Dave Ungurean, the Foundation’s Executive Director.
State-designated Level III NICUs are able to care for the smallest and sickest of newborn babies. Board-certified neonatologists and specialists from Ann & Robert H. Lurie’s Children’s Hospital work alongside neonatal nurses and respiratory therapists 24 hours a day.
A portion of the funds from the Golf Classic will add new technologies to provide even greater connections to specialists that are in high demand while keeping families close to home.
The state-of-the-art NICU at NCH greatly expanded seven years ago, thanks to community support and a generous estate gift. It has helped thousands of critically ill babies, including Kacie Mormance, who weighed 14 ounces at birth and is the smallest preemie in the 58-year history of the hospital.
About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)
Serving Chicago’s northwest suburbs since 1959, Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) is an independent healthcare system dedicated to serving the community. Its comprehensive, patient-centered system of care has locations throughout Chicago’s northwest suburbs. It serves more than 350,000 outpatients and more than 20,000 inpatients treated annually at its 489-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights, Illinois. It is home to a Level II NICU, Level II Trauma Center and a dedicated pediatric emergency department. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2015.
NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,200 physicians. All 20 locations of NCH Medical Group are staffed with board-certified primary and specialty care physicians. In addition, four NCH Immediate Care Centers and NCH Virtual Health provide access to care when and how people need it.