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Northwestern Medicine Receives $51 Million Gift From The St. George Corporation to Expand Cancer Services to Chicago’s South Suburbs

Largest one-time gift to Northwestern Medicine establishes new cancer institute

The St. George Corporation, an organization dedicated to promoting the general health of the community in the south suburbs of Chicago, has gifted $51 million to Northwestern Medicine for the development of a new cancer institute in Orland Park. A ceremonial event was held to celebrate the opening of the Northwestern Medicine St. George Cancer Institute and to welcome Timothy Kuzel, MD, who will serve as the medical director for the institute. The event included local government officials, The St. George Corporation board members, Northwestern Medicine physicians and executives, and Northwestern Medicine cancer patient Robert Jarvis.

“We have an unwavering commitment to providing our patients with access to world-class, compassionate care closer to where they live and work,” said Howard Chrisman, MD, president and chief executive officer, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare. “This gift will have a generational impact on our ability to increase and enhance the offerings of cancer care in the south suburbs.”

“The St. George Corporation, under the leadership of Chairman Edward Mulcahy and all our very dedicated directors, is committed to expanding the delivery of world-class cancer, cardiovascular and neuroscience care in the region,” said Terrence Moisan, MD, president of The St. George Corporation. “This new Cancer Institute grant will firmly and rapidly expedite planting Northwestern Medicine cancer care on a site convenient to our communities. Not only supporting superb multispecialty cancer care, the grant will also promote prevention, education and research in the field of cancer.”

This marks a new phase of The St. George Corporation’s commitment which builds upon their previous support to advance cardiovascular, neuroscience and cancer care in the south suburbs. A long-term expansion plan to create additional patient and clinical spaces in the cancer institute facility is also currently in progress, providing local residents the convenience of receiving the highest level of care closer to home.

“Northwestern Medicine is exceedingly grateful to The St. George Corporation for their desire to advance cancer care in Chicago’s south suburbs,” said Christopher George, MD, medical director for oncology services for Northwestern Medicine’s west suburban ambulatory sites. “Their philanthropic commitment to the community has allowed us to deliver a high level of care to patients in the region.”

Cancer care at Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital and nearby locations have quickly accelerated, including the new Northwestern Medicine St. George Cancer Institute in Orland Park. Subspecialty care at the Orland Park location includes:

·       Surgical oncology

·       Breast surgery

·       Gynecologic oncology

·       Radiation oncology

·       Thoracic oncology

This new space is equipped with a clinic, full-service infusion suite, dedicated pharmacy and laboratory. The cancer institute provides on-site chemotherapy, immunotherapy, access to targeted therapy and supportive care. Patients also have access to genetic counseling, social work, nutritional support, and other supportive offerings through Northwestern Medicine Living Well Cancer Resource Center. In addition, patients will have access to the latest therapies, including cutting edge clinical trials. With the services housed together at the institute and adjacencies of other services on campus, patients have the convenience of receiving comprehensive and multidisciplinary care under one roof.

“I am honored to join Northwestern Medicine and serve as the medical director for the new Northwestern Medicine St. George Cancer Institute,” said Timothy Kuzel, MD, medical director for oncology programs at Northwestern Medicine Palos Hospital, the new Orland Park facility, and who will also serve as an associate director for the clinical network of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “Given the multiple visits required for cancer treatment, typically over an extended period of months, and sometimes even years, this one-stop experience eases the burden on patients and their loved ones.”

The new Orland Park location is the 10th cancer location established as part of the Northwestern Medicine Cancer Network, and is anchored by Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

In addition to cancer services, the Orland Park location also offers leading neuroscience/brain tumor subspecialty care as well as the world renowned Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute.

For more information, please go to https://www.nm.org/locations/st-george-cancer-institute.