Friday, October 6, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: The exterior of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, 701 W. North Ave. in Melrose Park. | Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
The Gottlieb Memorial Foundation announced on Oct. 5 that it has pledged $12.8 million to help pay for the renovation of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital’s emergency department.
The renovations will “enhance care for the specialized needs of patients in Melrose Park and the surrounding communities, including senior citizens and patients with chronic conditions such as COPD [chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder] and heart failure,” according to a statement issued by the foundation.
Foundation Chairman Jack Weinberg said in the statement that the foundation had community demographics in mind when considering the gift.
“My family, together with many leaders in the community, established the Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in 1961 out of a sense of civic pride, concern for the well-being of others and a dedication to giving back,” said Weinberg, who is the grandson of Gottlieb’s founder.
According to the statement, details of the renovation are still being finalized but “preliminary plans for the emergency department call for creating a new fast-track area, waiting room and psychiatric pod, as well as renovations to the treatment and observation units. Enhanced security and disaster preparedness features will also be included.”
Hospital officials will start planning for the renovation this year.
“We are grateful to the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation for their generous gift,” said Larry M. Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, Gottlieb’s parent organization, in the statement.
“Thanks to this donation, we can improve patient experience and quality outcomes, further integrate technology and encourage outreach to this community with a large senior population,” he said. VFP
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