Deepening a Legacy of Philanthropy…Making a Difference in Many Lives

A gift from the Carbon Family creates a Professional Learning Institute at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital.

Throughout their lives, Michael Carbon, MD, a talented nephrologist and a longtime member of the medical staff at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital, and his wife, Dorothy, have been guided by their generosity, their commitment to service and their dedication to others. Caring friends and community members, as well as true philanthropists, the Carbons have offered significant support, for more than two decades, to a variety of initiatives at Central DuPage Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital. These initiatives include the Douglas L. Johnson Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at Central DuPage Hospital and the Orthopaedic Institute at Central DuPage Hospital and Delnor Hospital — worthy causes that reflect the Carbons’ belief in education, research and training as vital underpinnings of exceptional health care.

Recently, the Carbons deepened their legacy of philanthropy by making a significant gift in support of the Professional Learning Institute (PLI) at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital, a part of Northwestern Medicine. With this commitment, the Carbons are helping to ensure that the PLI grows and thrives, and serves as a source of valuable education, for years to come, for many physicians, physical therapists and other healthcare professionals at Marianjoy.

“Other than being with my family and being at home, CDH is the place where I spent most of my time for a good share of my life. I loved working at a hospital with a commitment to exemplary patient care, and I feel nothing but pride to have been part of the hospital’s growth, as medical staff president and as a member of various boards, over the years,” said Dr. Carbon. “Now that CDH is part of the Northwestern Medicine health system, Dorothy and I want to expand our support; we want to contribute to different areas of Northwestern Medicine, so that we can reach out to more communities and, we hope, make a difference for more people — people like the extraordinary care providers and patients at Marianjoy.”

As a teaching hospital and a nationally recognized leader in the field of rehabilitation medicine, Marianjoy places a premium on providing its staff members with meaningful opportunities for continuing education and professional development. Within the PLI, physicians and other care providers are able to: (1) learn about the latest advancements in their fields, (2) expand their knowledge base and (3) consistently hone their skills, so that they always provide the most personalized, most contemporary and most effective care to their patients. The PLI incorporates hands-on learning and expert presentations into a collegial, supportive atmosphere.

The Professional Learning Institute offers:

  • Courses taught by regional, national and international experts
  • Diverse educational events for continuing education credit
  • Interactive, evidence-based courses that highlight best practices
  • Practical tools and strategies to inform everyday practice
  • Opportunities to meet, and to network with, peers and other healthcare professionals

“All of us at Marianjoy, and across the Northwestern Medicine health system, are so grateful for Dr. and Mrs. Carbon’s caring natures, open hearts and inspiring generosity,” said Suzanne Skala, director of Philanthropy at Marianjoy Rehabilitation Hospital. “With this most recent gift to the Professional Learning Institute at Marianjoy, the Carbons are adding yet another dimension to their philanthropy, and, in doing so, they are demonstrating such support and advocacy for the care providers and patients at Marianjoy. They are truly touching many lives in such a positive and lasting way.”

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