Commitment to mother and Child Health: The March of Dimes Honors Dean M. Harrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

Northwestern Medicine
News September 16, 2015
The March of Dimes annually honors Chicago-area leaders who work to improve the health of mothers and babies, and this year, the nonprofit recognized Dean M. Harrison, president and chief executive officer of Northwestern Memorial HealthCare.

“I’m honored to receive this award on behalf of all the physicians, nurses and staff of Northwestern Medicine who provide wonderful care for our patients,” Harrison said as he accepted the award at a ceremony September 15.
Northwestern Medicine and the March of Dimes have a history of partnering to support infant and maternal health. For example, in 2009 the Reneé Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Northwestern Memorial Hospital was the first NICU in Illinois to adopt the March of Dimes NICU Family Support program, which offers education, social work services and events for families of children born prematurely.

In addition, hundreds of Northwestern Medicine employees and physicians and their loved ones participate each year in the March for Babies to raise money for the March of Dimes. Since 2002, our teams have raised nearly $600,000 through events in Chicago, Lake County and DuPage County.  

The award, named for the researcher who developed the polio vaccine using funding from the March of Dimes, has been given since 1998. Harrison was the only healthcare executive among this year’s six honorees. Physicians and nurses from other local healthcare organizations also received the award for their patient care, research and community health efforts.