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NCH celebrates 60 years with gala, announces vision for advanced cancer care

Monday, September 23, 2019

(From left): NCH Donor Shirley Fish talks with Mary Nigh and Radiation Oncologist Stephen Nigh, M.D. at the NCH Gala.

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) marked a milestone of 60 years of service to the community on Saturday with a special anniversary gala at the Renaissance Schaumburg Convention Center. Nearly 600 business leaders, donors, friends and physicians that helped build NCH over the years attended or supported the event. One of the highlights of the evening was an announcement that NCH is pursuing the expansion of a cancer program to better meet the needs of the community. The goal of this expansion is to ensure that the program mirrors the voices of those NCH serves and who have supported the organization throughout the years.

“The journey that we’re on is to spend the next 12 months planning and working with the appropriate groups to develop critical elements of a program including the pursuit of a cancer center,” President and CEO Stephen Scogna says.

NCH invited 130 key opinion leaders from the community to an open dialogue with the cancer care leadership team in order to better understand how NCH can elevate its cancer program to match the needs of the community.

“That input is going to be very valuable combined with the development of our strategic plans,” Scogna says.

The NCH Foundation - the philanthropic arm of the hospital - hopes to raise funds over the next few years to support the program.

Dedicated donors have consistently supported world-class cancer care at the hospital, most recently enabling the organization to bring the most advanced radiation technology - Halcyon - to NCH in January. NCH’s Cancer Program is accredited by the Commission on Cancer® symbolizing it has met rigorous standards to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer.

Proceeds from the Gala, estimated to exceed $1 million, will go toward the NCH Foundation’s Cancer Vision Campaign.

More on NCH’s Cancer Services program, Halcyon, 60 years of care and the NCH Foundation.

See the Daily Herald’s coverage of our news.

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