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Abbott Northwestern physicians give back to the community and hospital

Mark Migliori, MD, and Lee Arostegui, MD

Mark Migliori, MD (left) and Lee Arostegui, MD (right) give back through Abbott Northwestern's Plus One Physician Giving Program.

When Lee Arostegui, MD, dropped in at Sharing and Caring Hands to meet its founder and director MaryJo Copeland, he asked her about her most pressing needs in helping the homeless. Little did she know he was carrying a $10,000 donation on behalf of Abbott Northwestern’s Plus One Physician Giving Program. Copeland was thrilled.

Arostegui suggested the gift as a member of the Plus One committee and based on what he sees as a doctor in Abbott Northwestern’s Emergency Department, he said. “Many of the patients we see are homeless and take advantage of the services offered by Sharing and Caring Hands. I knew they did great work and had great need."

“Our medical staff recognizes that there is service going on outside these walls that’s really important,” added Mark Migliori, MD, cofounder of the Plus One program and current chair of the Plus One committee. He started the program along with Mike Tedford, MD, just three years ago to increase overall giving and to provide physicians the opportunity to steward their gifts to causes with which they have personal connections.

The gift to Sharing and Caring Hands is just one of 30 community and hospital programs supported this year by the Plus One program. Total funds raised have grown from $85,000 the first year to $174,000 in 2010, with 123 physician donors.

“Plus One creates a sense of solidarity in that together we have a bigger purpose,” said Migliori. “There’s great momentum with the program,” he said, adding that the 2011 goal is $200,000 and 150 donors.