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Sinai Celebrates 100th Anniversary




Anniversary Event Raises Over $400,000



October 11, 2019


The guests at Sinai Health System’s centennial celebration offered up an extraordinary anniversary gift – over $400,000 in donations to the safety net health system. 300 guests gathered for the event at Mount Sinai Hospital on October 10th.


“Sinai has spent a century caring for Chicago, consistently delivering compassion, hope, and healthcare to those who need it most,” said Karen Teitelbaum, President and CEO of Sinai Health System.  “In the decades since we opened our doors in 1919, Sinai has remained committed to helping everyone who comes through those doors. The community around the hospital has changed, but Sinai has been an anchor, consistently delivering health care – and hope – to those who need it most. While our neighborhood may look different, our mission of “Tikkun Olam” has never changed.”


“Tikkun Olam,” a Hebrew saying meaning “heal the world” is the namesake and conceptual foundation of Sinai’s new fundraising effort. Guests at the anniversary event contributed over $200,000 to the Tikkun Olam Fund, which will help pay for programs, equipment and facilities to continue providing high quality health care to some of the most underserved and disenfranchised communities in Chicago. Sinai’s service area includes 1.5 million Chicagoans living communities disproportionately affected by illness, poverty and community violence.  Last year, 91% of Sinai’s patients were insured by Medicaid, Medicare or were uninsured.  


Last night’s event featured performances by the Soul Children of Chicago, as well as remarks from Teitelbaum, Sinai Board Chair Robert Markin; Lonnie Nasatir, President of Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; Dr. Michelle Gittler, Executive Medical Director of Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital; and incoming Sinai Board Chair Laurie Hernandez. It also featured Jonathan Annicks, a gun violence survivor who was treated at Mount Sinai and Schwab. The DePaul University senior came back to Schwab to serve as a peer mentor for other patients facing similar challenges.


“The 100th anniversary is a real turning point for Sinai, an idea that resonates with me because I am also going through turning points in my own life,” said Annicks. “I graduate from college this year, I’m going to find my first full-time job, and I’m really going to dive into the world.  Without Sinai, I would have never had the opportunity to do those things.  Sinai saved my life, and I’m so grateful for that second chance.”


Another highlight of the evening was the gathering, from across the country, of three generations of the descendants of the founder, Morris Kurtzon – including his daughter, Marjorie, “Mimi” Cohn, one of the first babies born at Mount Sinai Hospital, who turns 100 in February 2020.


The event was part of Sinai’s yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2019. Few institutions have been interwoven into the fabric of their community the way Sinai has in Chicago. Originally founded by Kurtzon in 1919 to serve Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who started settling on the West Side in the late 1800s, the establishment of Mount Sinai Hospital gave this once disenfranchised community an opportunity to receive the care they deserve and live healthy lives. Since then, Sinai has redefined the role of a hospital in urban areas -- piloting and promoting programs beyond health care, essentially working with the community, to deliver for the community.


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