Associate Board Raises Funds for Families 

Guests at the 11th Annual Associate Board Benefit included Dr. Michael Caplan (back row) and NorthShore Infant Special Care Unit nurses.




It’s not uncommon for moms with newborns to experience the “Baby Blues,” which typically resolves within 10 days. Peripartum mood disorder (PPMD), which can affect up to 19 percent of women, is hallmarked by ongoing depression for the first six months after delivery, greatly affecting the mother and the development of the infant.

More than 250 members, friends and supporters of The Associate Board of NorthShore came out at their recent 11th Annual Benefit, raising $60,000 to support PPMD research and other programs that advance care for children and their families.

The goal of ongoing research at NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) is to detect and identify genetic and other biomarkers of the condition in an effort to prevent and lead to early identification of PPMD and to offer more tailored treatment to minimize the effects of PPMD on women and their babies. This innovative research is led by Pablo Gejman, MD.

The Associate Board Benefit commenced a three-year funding campaign to raise $250,000 by the end of 2018. Generous sponsors of the event included Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC and PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP among others.
Besides supporting Dr. Gejman’s Personalized Medicine research, funds will also be distributed to The Associate Board Emergency Family Fund, which provides concrete assistance to economically disadvantaged families with children hospitalized within the Infant Special Care Unit (ISCU) and Department of Pediatrics at NorthShore Evanston Hospital.

“It feels so rewarding to directly impact the lives of families who have a child born prematurely as well as to support exploration into the underlying causes of peripartum mood disorders,” said Benefit Co-Chair Carolyn Baker. Charitable funds will also go to the ISCU Reunion Picnic, an annual summer celebration and remembrance of the challenges overcome by ISCU infant graduates and their families.

The volunteer group of young professionals has raised more than $800,000 to support the ISCU and Department of Pediatrics at NorthShore Evanston Hospital. For more information about The Associate Board of NorthShore, to inquire about becoming a member or to make a donation, please visit, call 224.364.7275 or email

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