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Dr. Abbott’s 99-year-old granddaughter creates a legacy of her own

  • To say that Marie Slaton has had a lifelong connection to Abbott Northwestern Hospital may be an understatement.

    Her family’s connection to the hospital began before she was even born.  And now that she has made a planned gift to the hospital, her legacy will last long into the future.

    Her grandfather, Amos W. Abbott, MD, founded Abbott Hospital for Women in 1902, which later merged with Northwestern Hospital to become Abbott Northwestern Hospital.

    Slaton was born at Abbott Hospital in 1915 and was a frequent visitor throughout her childhood. “The nurses were always glad to have me there because I was the well child,” she recalled.

    Although Slaton was still very young when her grandfather died in 1927, she remembers him as a kind, gentle man. Her early exposure to hospitals helped shape her interests and activities as an adult. She and her first husband, who was also a doctor, helped establish a hospital in Texas. “I’ve always been mixed in with doctors and hospitals,” she explained.

    Slaton knows that her grandfather would be pleased to see how his hospital has continued serving the community as he envisioned. She hopes others will be inspired to do as she has.

    By including Abbott Northwestern Hospital Foundation in her estate plan, Slaton is both honoring a proud legacy and creating her own.

  • Planned giving

    To learn more about planned and legacy gifts, contact Rich Meyer by email or at 612-863-4005.

    Amos Abbott

    Amos Abbott, founder of Abbott Hospital for Women and Marie Slaton’s grandfather