Since 1897 the Woman’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital has steadfastly supported the hospital and it’s key initiatives. Over these years, the board has donated more than $65 million to the hospital, often to cutting-edge research and patient-care projects. In the early 1990s, for example, the Board was an early advocate of the Woman’s HIV Clinic, which for more than 30 years has aimed to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and provide long-term care to women and families affected by HIV. During that time the Board has given nearly $1.1 million to ensure the longevity of this critical program. In the first weeks of the pandemic, the Board within hours responded to the call to fund the hospital’s COVID relief fund, committing $350,000 to assist doctors fighting the onslaught of the deadly virus. The Board continues this tradition with its newest pledge to the hospital, committing more than $4.5 million to women’s reproductive health throughout their lives. From training doctors to counsel patients experiencing complex family planning issues to enlarging Northwestern’s capacity to help women who need help starting or building their families to supporting women at the end of their reproductive lives, this is a board of women for women.

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Sarah O. Schrup