Monday, November 14, 2011

Gottlieb Memorial Celebrates 50th Anniversary at Emerald Ball

Hospital Receives $150,000 Gift

MELROSE PARK, Ill. – The Gottlieb Memorial Hospital Auxiliary pledged a $150,000 gift to Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), part of Loyola University Health System, to fund a renovation of the hospital’s medical conference and learning center.

Dorry LaSpisa, president, Gottlieb Auxiliary, announced the gift during the hospital’s 50th annual Emerald Ball black-tie fundraiser at Chicago’s Ritz-Carlton Hotel on Nov. 5.

“More than 300 attended the Emerald Ball this year in support of our 50th anniversary, making it larger than ever," LaSpisa said. "We were all dancing to the Stanley Paul Orchestra until well after midnight."

The Gottlieb Memorial Foundation generously underwrote costs for the black-tie fundraiser so that all proceeds from the dinner may directly benefit the hospital.

Many members of the Gottlieb founding family for whom the hospital is named attended the 50th celebration of the hospital established by Dorothy and David Gottlieb in 1961. “I remember when my father called me in to his office and told me he wanted to establish a hospital,” said Alvin Gottlieb, who comes to the Emerald Ball each year, traveling from his home in Florida. “This golden anniversary is a very emotional celebration."

Jack Weinberg, nephew of Alvin Gottlieb, is chairman of the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation and also is a member of the Board of Directors of Loyola University Health System. “Gottlieb Memorial Hospital was named by my grandparents in memory of their parents and founded as a way of giving back to the community,” he said. “It is important to remember them today, and the many other family members, such as my Uncle Alvin, who dedicated their lives to bringing the Gottlieb mission to life.”  Weinberg was instrumental in the hospital’s affiliation with Loyola in 2008.  He was awarded the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service by Loyola in recognition of his exemplary leadership and philanthropic support, advocacy, community outreach and volunteerism.

The Emerald Ball has been held consistently on the first Saturday night in November for the last 50 years.

The Gottlieb Founding Family

The hospital was founded in 1961 by David Gottlieb, a successful Chicago businessman living in Oak Park, who named the hospital in memory of his parents. With a group of two dozen area businessmen, Gottlieb spent almost four years raising $4 million needed for planning and completion of the four-story, 122-bed hospital. David and his wife, Dorothy, contributed $750,000 to start the nonsectarian hospital.

Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg, daughter of the founder, together with her husband, Judd, donated funding for a new hospital gift shop and helped with the hospital expansion. Mrs. Weinberg was a leader of the auxiliary, which has raised millions of dollars for the hospital and has funded many important additions. Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg was instrumental in the design of the award-winning cancer center. Mrs. Weinberg passed away before construction was completed and the building was named the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center in her honor.

Alvin Gottlieb, son of the founder, took a long sabbatical from his successful business career to oversee the actual building of the hospital for his father. He dedicated himself to hospital operations for many years.

Jack Weinberg, grandson, and a successful businessman from Glencoe, remains active in Gottlieb hospital affairs.

Growth of Gottlieb

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital united with Loyola University Health System in 2008 and, with Loyola, became part of Trinity Health System in 2011. The 36-acre Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park offers a 264-licensed-bed community hospital with a Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center. The Gottlieb Center for Immediate Care at River Forest, a member of the Loyola University Health System, will open in 2012.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is part of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. Loyola University Medical Center’s campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of Chicago’s Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. At the heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

Trinity Health is a national Catholic health system with an enduring legacy and a steadfast mission to be a transforming and healing presence within the communities we serve. Trinity is committed to being a people-centered health care system that enables better health, better care and lower costs. Trinity Health has 88 hospitals and hundreds of continuing care facilities, home care agencies and outpatient centers in 21 states and 119,000 employees.