Foundation Gives Thanks to Partnering Physicians

        Jorge Saucedo, MD, (left), and Mrs. Karyn Saucedo; 
        Charles Brendler, MD, and Mrs. Lucy Brendler

NorthShore’s Physician Philanthropy Champions (PPC) and guests enjoyed an appreciation event in late August at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The PPC is composed of doctors who actively partner with NorthShore Foundation to practice and promote philanthropy at NorthShore for the benefit of the health system and ultimately, the patients served.

Physician members and guests heard from speaker Harold Pollack, PhD, Co-Director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Helen Ross Professor of Social Service Administration and Public Health Sciences at the University of Chicago. Pollack spoke about how the University of Chicago Crime Lab is working to change trends to make communities safer and less violent.

The Chairman of the PPC, James C. Kudrna, MD, PhD, said he and physician members believe in the importance of philanthropy for nonprofit healthcare systems. “If you look at the economics of healthcare right now, there are limited dollars available to advance research and translate leading-edge discoveries into the practice of medicine to provide better care for our patients. We’re a not-for-profit, so we can’t rely on profits to subsidize programs that we need to grow and be competitive. Because of philanthropy and generous donors, we’re among the frontline of high-quality providers.”



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