Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Dedicates the Wood-Prince Family Stroke Center
Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital September 30, 2010
Facility designated as a Primary Stroke Center by the Joint Commission
LAKE FOREST, IL – Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital is now certified by the Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center, thanks to a generous donation from the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund on behalf of the Wood-Prince Family that enabled the hospital to enhance its lifesaving capabilities. At a dedication ceremony, the hospital honored Alain and Barbara Wood-Prince for this significant contribution to top-notch stroke care in the community. A special plaque recognizing the gift now hangs near the entrance of the Emergency Department.
“Our ancestor Frederick Henry Prince believed in the need to support care-giving institutions,” said Alain Wood-Prince. “We feel tremendously blessed to be able to share part of his endowment with this first-rate hospital and the Lake Forest community.”
Under a new Illinois law, only those facilities designated as Primary Stroke Centers can receive ambulances transporting stroke patients. Because Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital earned this certification, nearby residents who experience stroke symptoms will receive lifesaving care close to home rather than having to bypass Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital for a facility farther away.
“This is a major development for the community,” said Jack Franaszek, MD, Director of the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital Emergency Department. “Because of the Wood-Prince family’s great generosity, we were able to coordinate our hospital’s resources in an unprecedented way. Local residents should be comforted to know that the most advanced stroke care is available right down the street.”
The hospital currently treats approximately 100 stroke patients per year, with even more patients (two to three per day) visiting the hospital with stroke-like symptoms. To earn stroke certification from the Joint Commission, a stroke center must show it has trained staff and clinical protocols in place to achieve long-term success in stroke care. The endowment from the Frederick Henry Prince Memorial Fund allowed the hospital to invest in new technology, further educate the medical staff and facilitate a greater coordination of existing medical expertise.
Alain, Barbara and their children have received care at the hospital for many years, and several grandchildren were born at the hospital. Barbara was a long and loyal member of the Women’s Auxiliary Board.