The recent dedication and blessing of a new state-of-the art cardiovascular unit at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, IL has created 21 private patient rooms from former office space on Gottlieb’s sixth floor. The new unit provides advanced care features for heart patients recovering from coronary bypass operations, angioplasty and stent surgeries and those being treated for congestive heart failure and arrhythmia.
The renovation was made possible through a generous $4 million gift from the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation, created at the time of the Loyola affiliation in 2008. Jack Weinberg, chairman of the foundation, shared the ribbon-cutting scissors while dedicating the facility with Trisha Cassidy, president, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and senior vice president of strategy, Loyola University Health System (LUHS), and Paul K. Whelton, MB, MD, MSc, president and CEO, LUHS. Among those joining the festivities were members of the LUHS Board; the Gottlieb Foundation Board; physicians; nurses and local officials.
Mr. Weinberg noted in his remarks at the dedication that “What we’re doing here is ministering to our fellow man. This gift is a step in the process of continuing the excellence in health care that Gottlieb and Loyola have always striven for.” Mr. Weinberg’s grandfather, David Gottlieb, founded the community hospital with his wife, Dorothy, in 1959 with profits from his company, D. Gottlieb & Co. pinball manufacturers.
The extended Gottlieb family has been involved in the hospital’s welfare from its earliest days. In fact, according to Mr. Weinberg, the responsibility of looking out for the hospital’s good was engrained in family members from the very beginning. He attributes the strength of the commitment in large part to his grandparents — both were passionate about the hospital. His grandmother (who had wanted to be a nurse) was, he believes, the force behind the idea while his grandfather, the quintessential entrepreneur, went all the way with an idea once it was conceived. Mr. Weinberg’s mother, Marjorie, daughter of the founders, was committed to the hospital’s Auxiliary, worked in the gift shop and was a key figure in the construction of the cancer center which now bears her name. His father, who ran the family business for many years, was instrumental in securing land for the hospital to grow, creating a much larger campus than anyone had envisioned in the early days.
When LUHS and Gottlieb agreed to affiliate, one of the major goals was to position Gottlieb as a hospital offering the expertise available at an academic medical center while maintaining the convenience and caring environment of the community hospital. As part of the affiliation, Loyola physicians are practicing at Gottlieb and offer services including: orthopaedic joint-replacement surgeries; OB services; physical medicine and rehabilitation; plastic surgery; and cancer care. “This generous gift builds on the vision and true philanthropy of the Gottlieb family,” said Ms. Cassidy. “Mr. Weinberg, through his role within the Foundation, continues to provide a Gottlieb family legacy at this hospital, bringing the past and the future together.”
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