NorthShore Supporter Funds Screening Program

A plaque honoring Abramson’s gift now hangs on the wall in the Gastroenterology Division’s offices at NorthShore Skokie Hospital.

NorthShore Foundation and the Department of Gastroenterology are pleased to recognize the generous support of Earl Abramson, who recently funded a new pilot program to screen patients at risk of developing hepatitis C. His gift ensures that those at risk for hepatitis C are identified and educated about their treatment options by NorthShore’s multidisciplinary clinical team.

Abramson, a former Trustee and Chairman of the board of Rush North Shore Medical Center (now NorthShore Skokie Hospital), wanted to enhance the patient services provided by NorthShore’s Hepatology Program, directed by Claus J. Fimmel, MD, a prominent liver specialist. A plaque honoring Abramson’s gift now hangs on the wall in the Gastroenterology Division’s offices at NorthShore Skokie Hospital. (See photo.)

The Abramson Hepatology Fund supports the innovative use of NorthShore’s Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system to identify previously untested and undiagnosed patients within our healthcare system. In just the last two years, NorthShore has successfully treated more than 300 patients with new and highly effective medications for hepatitis C.

It is estimated that 5 percent of baby boomers are infected with hepatitis C, which often evolves without symptoms. Untreated, infections can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, liver cancer and the possible need for liver transplantation.

If you would like to learn more about joining Abramson and supporting Dr. Fimmel’s work, please contact John Hanson, PhD, Director of Philanthropy, at jhanson@northshore.org or call 224.364.7208 for more information.

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