Regenstein Foundation gift to establish
Comprehensive Cardiac Unit
A November 2008 rendering of one of the neonatal intensive care patient rooms in the Regenstein Comprehensive Cardiac Unit.For nearly 60 years, the Regenstein family’s philanthropic legacy has enriched the academic, artistic, civic and cultural landscape of Chicago. This legacy will now benefit Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.
The Regenstein Foundation, an early partner in the Heroes for Life campaign, demonstrated its commitment to the health and well-being of children by donating $10 million to establish the Regenstein Comprehensive Cardiac Unit in Lurie Children’s, which is scheduled to open in 2012.
Susan Regenstein, president and chair of the Regenstein Foundation, visited Children’s Memorial Hospital for the first time in early 2007. During a tour through the hospital, she met doctors, nurses and children undergoing treatment. “That experience was both heart-warming and heart-wrenching,” she says. “Seeing these brave young faces and knowing I could help them was very moving.”
Regenstein was inspired to support cardiology after meeting Barbara Deal, MD, head of the Division of Cardiology, in early 2007. “I was really impressed with Dr. Deal and her vision for cardiology,” she says. Regenstein also serves on the Children’s Memorial Medical Center Board.
The Regenstein Comprehensive Cardiac Unit will offer patients and families the expertise, technology and resources needed to treat a broad range of complex heart conditions, from infancy through young adulthood. The 36-bed state-of-the-art unit, which will occupy an entire floor in Lurie Children’s, will be a central place where cardiology and cardiovascular surgery patients are treated from admission to discharge.
The patient rooms will be acuity adaptable—technologically equipped for intensive care while providing the family amenities and atmosphere of an acute care patient room. This model will greatly improve patient safety, comfort and satisfaction by reducing the need for transfers.
“The Comprehensive Cardiac Unit will not only provide state-of-the-art technology and multidisciplinary medical care, but it will allow patients with heart disease and their families a unique environment in private rooms from admission through discharge,” says Deal. “We are very grateful to the Regenstein Foundation for its foresight and commitment to achieve excellence in all aspects of cardiac care.”
Regenstein is passionate about helping children and envisions an enduring partnership with the hospital. “A gift to Children’s is a gift to the kids and families in the community,” she says. “It’s very rewarding to know you are making a difference.”