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Physician’s Generosity Enhances Patient Care

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Picture: Frank Krumlovsky, MD with Julie Captain, Director, Development and Planned Giving, Office of Philanthropy at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital

Frank Krumlovsky, MD with Julie Captain of Northwestern Memorial Foundation

Exceptional patient care begins with exceptional care providers—a fact well known to Frank Krumlovsky, MD, who spent his entire 40-year career as a nephrologist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. “It struck me early in my career that, since patients have constant contact with their nurses, that it’s crucial for these nurses to receive continual educational opportunties,” says Dr. Krumlovsky. “A patient’s best friend is a happy, well-educated nurse.”

As Dr. Krumlovsky contemplated supporting the hospital through philanthropy, he felt that he could make the greatest possible impact on patient care by supporting a nursing education program. Dr. Krumlovsky designated a generous gift to create a professional development program that helps nurses become recognized in their specialty area by offering certification programs, leadership forums, externships and internships.

As the Krumlovsky program has grown, so has the number of Northwestern Memorial nurses with advanced training and certifications. Currently, 45.2 percent of the hospital’s eligible nurses are certified, as compared to 30 percent of nurses at Magnet hospitals across the country.

“The progress of the program thrills me,” says Dr. Krumlovsky. “It’s gratifying to see Northwestern Memorial’s nurses be well-equipped not only to take the initiative in providing high-quality patient care, but also to be able to advance in their own careers through continuing education. I’d love to see the highest possible number of nurses receive advanced certifications and continue to make contributions to their field.”

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