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The Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation celebrates 10 year anniversary

Watch Fanning the Flames of Philanthropy – a video highlighting the Foundation's history and accomplishments.

In 10 short years, the Foundation has completed three campaigns, raising:

  • $52 million for a new Heart Hospital, which opened in 2005 and provides cardiovascular, neuroscience, orthopedic and spine patients with state-of-the-art facilities and care
  • $38 million for The Vision Campaign of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute®, resulting in a centralized cancer clinic, new leading edge equipment, research, increased nurse care coordination, an expanded multidisciplinary care model, and the Stimpson Chair for Medical Oncology
  • $18 million for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, resulting in the founding and growth of what is now the largest integrative health program embedded in a health system in the country.

When Harriet Walker opened a charity hospital in Minneapolis 130 years ago, she launched a legacy of philanthropy for Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Ten years ago, a new tradition of giving was born with the creation of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation.

"What we were able to do was organize an effort that would allow many, many people who embrace Abbott Northwestern to demonstrate that through gifts, volunteer time and in the community," said Terry Saario, who was Foundation board chairwoman at the founding.

In 10 years, physicians, employees, volunteers and donors have come together to accomplish major feats. Through the Foundation, they have given away $85 million to improve patient care and the community.

The Foundation also has completed three successful campaigns, raising $52 million for a new Heart Hospital, $38 million for The Vision Campaign of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute and $18 million for the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing (see sidebar).

Today, a new campaign is underway to raise $5 million for The Mother Baby Center being built through a partnership between Abbott Northwestern and Children's - Minneapolis. When it opens in 2013, this birthing center will bring doctors, nurses and state-of-the-art resources together in one place to offer the best regional care for moms, babies and their families.

Chris Morrison, a former Foundation board chairwoman, said, "One important catalyst for improving the health of our community has been, is, and always will be, philanthropy. There are huge opportunities out in front of us. It’s going to be exciting."