Northwestern Memorial Hospital and The Woman’s Board

In 1972, Passavant and neighboring Chicago Wesley Memorial consolidated to form Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the largest private academic medical center in Illinois. Other important milestones included mergers with Prentice Women's Hospital and Maternity Center and the Stone Institute of Psychiatry (1975), and the opening of the Olson Critical Care Pavilion (1979).

From the 1970s through the 1990s The Woman’s Board deepened its legacy of compassionate care and continued its efforts on behalf of the new hospital as it grew into a world-class medical center with initiatives that included funding new building projects, supporting nursing education and fellowships in Internal Medicine and Woman’s Health, establishing the revolutionary Women’s Comprehensive HIV Clinic, and creating and endowing the annual Compassionate Care Awards. We are proud of these ongoing programs and the new facilities made possible by the Woman’s Board.

By 1973 the Cotillion had raised more than $2 million.

In 1979, the Woman’s Board equipped the Emergency Department in Olson Pavilion through a $2.3 million gift.

During the 1980’s, the Woman’s Board led the $2.9 million campaign for construction of the hospital’s new Magnetic Resonance Imaging facility.

Established in 1991, by a generous endowed gift from The Woman's Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Nora Cooney Marra Compassionate Care Awards recognize attending physicians, residents, fellows and nurses who exemplify and serve as role models for the humanistic and compassionate care of cancer patients.

In 1994, The Woman’s Board established the Women’s Comprehensive HIV Clinic and became one of the first philanthropic groups to fund an HIV related clinic with a pledge of $400,000.   The Clinic, which provides innovative, compassionate approaches to care for hundreds of local women who have HIV has had extraordinary success in making sure that babies born to mothers with HIV have not been born with HIV themselves. The Board’s long-standing relationship with the clinic continues today with providing financial support of the Clinic’s nurse and by hosting the Clinic’s annual holiday party.

In the mid-1990’s, Northwestern Memorial Hospital announced plans to build a new state-of-the-art facility to meet the challenges of the new millennium. In 1995, the Board responded with a record-breaking $3 million commitment to Northwestern Memorial Hospital to fund the new hospital’s Ambulatory Surgery Center which opened in 1999 along with the Feinberg and Galter Pavilions.