Lorraine G. Scott—A Life Well Lived

The NorthShore Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of The Lorraine G. Scott Fund honoring James C. Kudrna, MD, PhD, former Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery. This fund underscores NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute’s leadership in innovative treatment, research and education—and the critical role of philanthropy.

The gift from Lorraine’s estate recognizes Dr. Kudrna’s compassion and expertise. She and Dr. Kudrna shared a longstanding patient-physician relationship, which began during the early years of Lorraine’s marriage to Jim Scott, who required ongoing orthopaedic care. Lorraine searched for and found excellent care with Dr. Kudrna. His expertise vastly improved Jim’s mobility and comfort, and the three became longtime friends. After Jim’s passing in 2011, Lorraine made a bequest to honor Dr. Kudrna for his exceptional care.

Until passing in 2020, Lorraine donated generously each year. Her $3 million estate gift will help advance treatment and education and allow NorthShore orthopaedic surgeons to develop and refine leading-edge treatments and innovative learning in joint pain and mobility. Lorraine’s bequest extends an already remarkable giving legacy, spanning more than four decades.

We at the NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute are deeply gratified to be the recipients of Lorraine Scott’s extraordinary generosity and kindness. Our world-class team achieves some of the best outcomes in the nation, but we always aim higher—whether it’s defining new standards of care or mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists. Lorraine’s transformational philanthropy will enable us to achieve new heights of innovation and excellence.

—Jason Koh, MD, MBA
Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery
Mark R. Neaman Family Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

Lorraine hoped to inspire others to give to NorthShore to help transform how we deliver care. Her legacy of giving at NorthShore and elsewhere will transform lives. Hers was truly a life well lived.