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Paul Bilka, MD, makes a gift to benefit today's patients and tomorrow's physicians

Staff of the Medicine Clinic and Rich Meyer, Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation president (two in from the right) with

Staff of the Medicine Clinic with "the Dr. Bilka Basket."

To learn more about making a planned gift, contact Rich Meyer by email or at 612-863-4005

A retired rheumatologist and emeritus member of Abbott Northwestern’s Medical Staff, Paul Bilka, MD, has always understood the importance of supporting excellence in education.

A graduate of Trinity College and Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons, Bilka received full scholarships to earn his undergraduate and medical degrees, for which he is immensely grateful.

“I feel very fortunate to be in a position to give,” said Bilka. “Education has to be the salvation of our society. Giving isn’t so much a duty, but rather a strong heartfelt desire to play a part and do what I can to help others.”

As a long-time patient of Abbott Northwestern General Medicine Associates, known as the Medicine Clinic, Bilka saw the perfect opportunity to support his two passions of medicine and education through a charitable gift annuity.

“Charitable gift annuities are a simple, yet thoughtful planned gift,” said Richard Meyer, president of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation. “The donor makes a commitment and they are able to receive a stream of income from the annuity.”

At Abbott Northwestern’s Medicine Clinic, the fund established through Bilka’s gift will be used to provide support for education and training of resident physicians, medical students, nurses and other health care providers. It will also fund education and training for physicians who teach and supervise resident physicians—a role that Bilka played for more than 41 years in his rheumatology practice.

In return for his gift, Bilka's only request is that the Medicine Clinic staff take turns keeping a basket full of fresh fruit. The basket is known as “the Dr. Bilka Basket.”