Introducing the Lavin Family Pavilion

Northwestern Medicine
News October 22, 2015
Dean M. Harrison and Carol BernickThe newest building on our downtown campus officially has a name: 259 East Erie is now the Lavin Family Pavilion, and during a ceremony on Wednesday, Northwestern Medicine senior leaders and donors unveiled signage in the lobby that carries the new name.

“In recognition of their timeless dedication to Northwestern Memorial Hospital and our Patients First mission, it is only fitting that the Lavin family name joins our other named healthcare pavilions on this remarkable medical campus,” says Dean M. Harrison, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

The building, which houses state-of-the-art facilities including an Ambulatory Surgery Center and the Center for Comprehensive Orthopaedic and Spine Care, will be named for the family of Leonard and Bernice Lavin, entrepreneurs and longtime supporters of Northwestern Medicine. For half a century, the Lavins ran the Alberto-Culver Co., a hair products company based in Melrose Park that developed VO5 shampoo, among other well-known brands, and operated the Sally Beauty chain of stores.

Their philanthropic work on behalf of Northwestern Medicine over the years has impacted our patients, visitors and workforce and is signified by the names of other facilities on the downtown campus, including the Bernice E. Lavin Early Childhood Education Center and the Alberto Culver Health Education Center.
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