Northwestern Cardiovascular Institute Receives $10 Million Gift

The Northwestern Cardiovascular Institute at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago has received a $10 million gift from real estate developer and investment banker Neil G. Bluhm, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The gift, the largest in the hospital's history for a single program, will support heart treatment research and the recruitment of top cardiovascular surgeons. In recognition of the gift, the institute will be renamed the Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Bluhm, president of JMB Realty Corp. and a principal of Walton Street Capital LLC, has made donations to the hospital before, including a $2.5 million gift to establish the Bluhm Family Breast Cancer Early Detection and Prevention Program.

"It's a really important Valentine's gift, not just for Northwestern but to the city and the whole country," said the hospital's chief cardiothoracic surgeon and co-director of the institute, Dr. Patrick McCarthy.

"$10 Million Given for Heart Center." Chicago Tribune 02/15/2005.