MELROSE PARK, Ill. – Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is welcoming members of the community, local dignitaries and invited guests as it recognizes the 50th anniversary of its founding. A public celebration will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the hospital’s newly renovated lobby, where cake will be served.
The Rev. Jack O’Callahan, chaplain at Loyola University Health System, will lead a blessing with other local clergy. The event will include tours of the hospital’s newly renovated areas and the unveiling of a history wall commemorating the hospital’s accomplishments.
“As we celebrate our 50th year of serving our community, we recognize those from the past who have given us our strong foundation and also those in the present who continue to lead us confidently into the future,” said Trisha Cassidy, president, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, part of the Loyola University Health System.
The Emerald Ball, Gottlieb’s black-tie gala, also will celebrate its golden anniversary this Saturday at the Ritz-Carleton in Chicago. It has been held consistently on the first Saturday night in November for the last 50 years.
The Gottlieb Family Legacy
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 fundraising the $4 million needed, planning and supervising the completion of the four-story structure containing 122 beds. 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, provided funding for a new hospital gift shop and an expansion of the hospital. Mrs. Weinberg was a leader of the auxiliary, a volunteer group that remains active. The auxiliary has raised millions of dollars for the hospital and has funded many important additions. Marjorie Gottlieb Weinberg was instrumental with the design of the award-winning cancer center. Mrs. Weinberg passed away before the 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 building of the hospital for his father. He also dedicated much effort to hospital operations for many years.
Jack Weinberg, the grandson of the founder, is now chairman of the Gottlieb Memorial Foundation, and also is a member of the board of directors of Loyola University Health System. Loyola awarded him with the President’s Medal for Distinguished Service in recognition of his exemplary leadership and his philanthropic support, advocacy, community outreach and volunteerism.
Mr. Gottlieb and Mr. Weinberg will be in attendance at the 50th Emerald Ball, along with many other members of the Gottlieb family.
Growth of Gottlieb
Gottlieb Memorial Hospital united with Loyola University Health System in 2008 and, with Loyola, became part of the Trinity Health system this summer. 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 at Melrose Park. The Gottlieb Center for Immediate Care at River Forest, a member of the Loyola University Health System, will open next year on North Avenue.