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When Roger and Donna Burnidge were each diagnosed with cancer, they put their trust in Jacob Bitran, MD--and each other.

Charitable gifts are vital to the hospital

Recognized 10 times as one of the top 100 hospitals and top 15 teaching hospitals in the country, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital is committed to both clinical excellence and community outreach. Charitable gifts enable us to acquire leading-edge technology such as a special MRI biopsy system; deliver specialized caregiver training such as the nation's first robotic colorectal surgery fellowship; provide special support services for patients and their families; and provide financial assistance that enables patients to get the care they need.


Philanthropy news and events at Lutheran General Hospital

Funding opportunities

Below is a list of programs at Lutheran General Hospital that currently need your support.  

The Adult Down Syndrome Center

The oldest and largest clinic of its kind in the nation, the Center provides a full range of specialized health care services for 2,000 adolescents and adults with Down syndrome each year. Because most of these patients are insured by Medicare or Medicaid, and because they require longer-than-standard office visits, the Center operates at a significant loss. Charitable gifts enable patient to receive sensitive, specialized care that’s not available anywhere else in the Midwest. Your gift may be designated toward much-needed general operating support for the Center or the endowment for the Adult Down Syndrome Center.

Advocate Addiction Treatment Program

The Advocate Addiction Treatment Program is designed to guide individuals struggling with addiction along the road to recovery. For 45 years, Advocate Medical Group and Advocate Lutheran General Hospital professionals have helped thousands of people overcome their addiction by addressing physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of participants and their families. Your gift will help participants who cannot afford care receive the services they need to reclaim a balanced life. 

Bone and Joint Institute Research and Education

The leading cause of disability in the U.S., bone and joint conditions afflict millions of people—causing them great pain and impairing how they live, work and play. Gifts to this fund will support outreach efforts to educate community members about how to prevent bone and joint disease and about treatment options, including alternatives to surgery.nbsp;

Caldwell Breast Health Center

The Caldwell Breast Health Center is a comprehensive-care facility that features advanced technologies, sophisticated all-digital imaging equipment and staff who are specially trained in breast care. Appointments can be made within 24 hours and quick test result turnaround is provided. A gift to the Breast Health Center ensures that women will have their questions about their breast health answered quickly and compassionately through community outreach and support services for patients and their families. The Caldwell Breast Health Center recently acquired a new 3-D mammography machine called tomosynthesis. We are the fifth in the country to have this machine. Funds will also help us acquire additional leading-edge technology.

Cancer Survivorship Program

The Cancer Survivorship Program is a comprehensive program that addresses the specific physical, emotional, dietary, financial, social, and spiritual needs of cancer patients. It offers daily wellness classes, which include yoga, relaxation and nutrition classes in partnership with the Cancer Wellness Center. Plans are underway to expand the existing program to offer services such as additional exercise and nutrition classes; support groups for both the patient and their families as well as financial/advanced care planning, etc. Lutheran General Hospital would be the first hospital to have a free standing program on campus for patients to access. Support from our associates would enable the program to expand their services to include weekend and evening classes as well as expand the list of services currently offered.

Center for Simulation

With the help of philanthropy, the hospital will develop a comprehensive, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary simulation center and simulation program. Gifts to this fund will be used to purchase additional simulation equipment beyond the several currently owned; renovate space on the fifth floor of the south building to conduct training, and house the simulators and equipment; staff the Center with the necessary personnel to effectively manage and run the simulation program.

Charity Care

Funds contributed to this priority enable Lutheran General Hospital to cover the costs of care for underinsured and uninsured patients. With difficult economic issues such as unemployment, shrinking insurance coverage and lower reimbursement rates, Advocate absorbs more and more of the cost for those who can least afford to pay for their care.

Hematology/Oncology Research

Funds contributed to this priority enable the advancement of groundbreaking cancer research at Lutheran General Hospital, recognized as one of the top cancer programs in the country. Clinical research provides patients with more options beyond conventional treatments and gives them access to cutting-edge treatments.

Helen and Robert Beart Cardiac Technology Fund

Lutheran General Hospital has been nationally recognized as one of the nation’s top cardiovascular hospitals, giving area residents a powerful ally against the top killer in the U.S. Gifts to this fund will help ensure that the hospital’s heart patients always have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment equipment

Julie W. Schaffner Endowment in support of Ovarian Cancer Research/Awareness

This endowment was started in order to recognize the extraordinary service of Julie W. Schaffner, Lutheran General Hospital's late chief operating officer and chief nursing executive, who passed away from ovarian cancer in December 2010. The purpose of the endowment is to provide financial resources to support efforts to develop and mentor health care leaders; promote awareness of the symptoms of ovarian cancer; and conduct research aimed at prevention, improving treatment and/or finding a cure for ovarian cancer.

Nursing Endowment for Research and Education

This fund was established in order to provide a permanent yearly fund for Lutheran General Hospital nurses to advance in the nursing profession through continuing education, nursing research and special projects.

Older Adult Services

We are responding to the seniors in our community be providing programs such as Advocate Lutheran General Hospital's Adult Day Service, Home Delivered Meals and Lifeline emergency-response systems. These programs allow the elderly to have medical supervision, 24-hour emergency protection in their own homes and nutritional meals delivered right to their door. Your contributions to this fund will allow us to continue making a difference in the lives of all those who benefit from these programs.

Special Need of Lutheran General Hospital

Gifts to this fund will allow Advocate Lutheran General Children’s Hospital to acquire leading-edge equipment; to provide specialized training for caregivers; to offer special support services for patients and their families; and to provide financial assistance that enables children to get the care they need; among other things.

Robotic Surgery

Charitable contributions have helped Lutheran General Hospital develop the most comprehensive robotic-assisted surgery program in North Chicagoland. Going forward, philanthropy will help the hospital acquire a third da Vinci® Surgical System; retrofit an existing operating room to accommodate the robot; and train surgeons on robotic procedures.

Women's Health Services - Maternal Fetal Medicine

Philanthropic donations to this fund will support the programs and services at Lutheran General Hospital’s Center for Fetal Care. Gifts will enable the hospital to hire a dedicated advanced practice nurse to serve as a navigator for patients during pregnancy and beyond; acquire and maintain state-of-the-art equipment; and train physicians for advanced procedures.

Contact us

Would you like to speak with someone about making your gift? We would be happy to speak with you further about how your charitable giving can make an impact at Lutheran General Hospital.

Mary Kozil
Director of Development

Christy Santos
Director of Development

Jacqueline Mathews
Development Officer

Scott Wozencraft
Development Coordinator

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