Ruth Rothstein’s legacy lives on with donation to Mount Sinai Hospital

Release date

Monday, January 13th 2014

On January 13, Jonathan Rothstein, son of late, former Mount Sinai Hospital CEO (from 1965 to 1990) and longtime healthcare activist Ruth Rothstein, presented a check of $10,000 to Alan Channing, President and CEO of Sinai Health System (SHS), and Debra Wesley, President of Sinai Community Institute (SCI) and Executive Vice President of community outreach for SHS. The gift, a bequest Ms. Rothstein left before her death in 2013, was presented at a program area within SCI named the Ruth M. Rothstein Center for Families and Neighbors. The donation will fund general needs at Mount Sinai Hospital.

With the wall bearing his mother’s name as a backdrop, Jonathan presented the check to SHS leaders and recalled the details of his mother’s legacy. “My mother did an oral history with the American Hospital Association a few years back,” Jonathan remembered. “I always remember two of the questions they asked her. First, they asked, ‘What is your greatest accomplishment?’ She said, ‘Building John H. Stroger Hospital and the [AIDS research and treatment facility] CORE Center.’ Next, they wanted to know, ‘But what are you most proud of?’ and she replied, ‘The fact that Mount Sinai is still on the west side of Chicago.’

“My mother was always proud of [Mount Sinai],” Jonathan said. “The fact that after all these years, this institution is still standing in the same community, doing good and defying the odds, was a major pride point for her.”

About Sinai Health System Sinai Health System, a Chicago-based private, not-for-profit organization, is comprised of seven member organizations: Mount Sinai Hospital, Holy Cross Hospital, Sinai Children’s Hospital, Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital, Sinai Medical Group, Sinai Community Institute and Sinai Urban Health Institute. The system has over 800 physicians on its hospital medical staffs, 695 licensed beds, 100,000+ annual emergency department patient visits and eight physician residency training programs.