Norwegian American Hospital Foundation

July 2020 Newsletter


2020 Virtual Gala - Success!

Thanks to our donors, sponsors, and friends, our first Virtual Gala was a success! While we could not physically be together, our community gathered virtually to raise more than $370,000 for the Norwegian American Hospital COVID-19 Response Fund.

Special thanks to our guests, honorees, speakers, and NBC 5 / Telemundo Chicago for bringing the Virtual Gala to life!

COVID-19 Community Testing at Norwegian

With support from Governor Pritzker and community partners, Norwegian launched a community drive-through COVID-19 testing site in late April that has received an overwhelming community response, now completing more than 500 tests per week.

Although positivity rates in Chicago and Illinois have decreased significantly in recent weeks, the Humboldt Park community consistently has positivity rates three to four times as high as the state average.


Norwegian Physician, Dr. Berdy featured on Chicago Today show

Norwegian's own, Dr. David Berdy, was interviewed on the NBC 5 Chicago Today show to discuss staying healthy during this time of COVID-19. Thank you, Dr. Berdy, for your service to the Chicago community!


Norwegian Receives $75,000 Grant for Health Equity

We are so honored to receive one of thirteen grants to Illinois hospitals to reduce health disparities in our community!

Humboldt Park residents have an astonishingly high rate of diabetes and limited access to affordable, healthy food. Thanks to the AHA / IFDHE / BCBSIL grant, our new program will teach and promote healthy eating, cooking, and exercise through small classes or virtual sessions. Participants will also receive bags of fresh food from our food pantry program.

Norwegian is committed to finding innovative solutions to address and eliminate health disparities in our community.


1,500 Face Shields Donated to Norwegian American Hospital

In partnership with mHub, the Northwestern Kellogg MBA High Impact Group donated 1,500 protective face shields to Norwegian.

A huge thank you to Dr. Smitha Arekapudi and her team for continually supporting Norwegian's front-line healthcare workers.