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About Us

Healing through the Power of Giving Since 1865

Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s predecessor institutions, Passavant Memorial and Wesley Memorial, trace their origins back to the Deaconess movement, which consisted of spiritual communities of women who were dedicated to caring for the sick and needy. Like most 19th century hospitals, Passavant and Wesley were supported largely by gifts of time, talent and funding from generous donors.

Today, the tradition of philanthropy continues as donors give to numerous patient care, research and community outreach programs throughout Northwestern Medicine. Through your generosity, you help us serve ever-growing numbers of patients who come from all over the world to receive the best in compassionate, individualized care.