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Overview

The Auxiliary Board has committed more than $2,000,000 to enhance treatment for patients and their families through a host of patient care initiatives at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Since 1987, we have focused on providing seed money to programs and research initiatives, including the Ambulatory Spine Program, Bone Marrow Transplant, Comprehensive Heart Failure Prevention and Treatment, Neurology and Neurological Surgery, Prostate Cancer Gene Therapy, Women’s Health and the Northwestern Brain Tumor Institute.


Current Initiative: A Crucial Project Examining Cardiogenic Shock

The Auxiliary Board recently pledged its support to a pivotal project that will explore cardiogenic shock (CS) and the potential role of multidisciplinary shock teams in improving outcomes and saving lives. This project will be led by three talented physician-scientists at Northwestern Medicine: Duc Thinh Pham, MD, in the Division of Cardiac Surgery; Esther Vorovich, MD, in the Division of Cardiology; and Arif Jivan, MD, PhD, a Cardiovascular Disease Fellow.

A significant complication of both heart attack and acute decompensated heart failure, CS has a mortality rate of nearly 50 percent. Through their multi-faceted project, Drs. Pham, Vorovich and Jivan will: (1) develop multidisciplinary shock teams that will implement state-of-the-art CS therapies to improve patients’ near-term outcomes and future health, (2) analyze and advance today’s treatment of CS, (3) strive to develop better means of identifying vulnerable pre-shock and early shock patients and (4) contribute to national guidelines for the management of CS.

The multidisciplinary shock team is comprised of individuals from the cardiovascular surgery and cardiology departments including: cardiovascular surgeons, perfusionists, heart failure specialists, and interventional cardiologists will facilitate time-sensitive collaborative decision making and implementation of stabilizing and potentially life-saving interventions; thereby improving clinical outcomes.

Over the past two years, more than 3,000 people have attended our events, yielding more than $100,000 for innovative research at Northwestern Memorial. To support Drs. Pham, Vorovich and Jivan’s project to enhance the understanding, identification and treatment of cardiogenic shock, make a gift today.