Years of Giving Builds a Legacy to Last a Lifetime

The Davee Foundation’s philanthropy has helped shape the delivery of emergency medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Since 1972, The Davee Foundation has supported Northwestern Memorial Hospital with gifts totaling $14.1 million and, notably, provided the name for the hospital’s Ruth D. and Ken M. Davee Emergency Department (ED). Thanks to The Davee Foundation’s support, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has solved problems that affect not only our patients but the patients of many EDs around the country. Some examples include the Geriatric Emergency Department Initiative program, improved discharge instructions, and software that tracks patient bed availability in real time. The foundation’s latest $5 million gift supports The Davee Innovation Fund in Emergency Medicine and fully endows The Davee Foundation Distinguished Physician in Emergency Medicine.

Founded in 1964, The Davee Foundation will soon conclude operations, making this the final gift in support of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Endowing the Distinguished Physician in Emergency Medicine pays fitting tribute to the close relationship Ruth Davee shared with James G. Adams, MD, chair of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and professor of Emergency Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Since 2003, The Davee Foundation has supported Dr. Adams and the staff of the hospital’s ED in designing and implementing initiatives that provide sustainable change, directly benefit patients and improve the ED patient experience. With The Davee Foundation’s support, the ED staff has made tremendous strides in improving the quality of both communication and patient care, and has created an increasingly patient-centered environment.

The Davee Foundation Distinguished Physician in Emergency Medicine Award recognizes a physician who provides leadership in advancing patient-centered care. The first awardee is Sanjeev Malik, MD, whose leadership in developing and implementing innovations in emergency care delivery has brought significant benefits to patients. Dr. Malik has been a leader in the ED for 10 years, currently serving as the vice chair of Operations after previous work as both medical director and assistant medical director. In 2007, he completed his emergency medicine residency at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and remained as a physician and faculty member at Feinberg.

“During his years of service, Dr. Malik has worked tirelessly to address the rising numbers of patients with increasing complexity of illness,” Dr. Adams said. “He was the key operational leader in the implementation of the Geriatric Emergency Department Innovations program that was funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and has become a national model for supportive interventions for elders in the ED. The geriatric program has decreased avoidable admissions by 35 percent, and improved patient and caregiver satisfaction, as underlying needs are better recognized and addressed.”

Dr. Malik spearheaded critical operational improvements in recent years that have increased satisfaction, decreased waiting time and reduced the number of patients who leave without being seen by 66 percent. Using detailed operational data, Dr. Malik and his team are augmenting radiology capacity, moving psychiatric services to the mezzanine and repurposing first floor space to serve as an expedited pathway for patients of moderate severity. Patient satisfaction has increased significantly. Further, he is training residents and junior attending physicians in the tools and techniques to improve patient service.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be the Davee Distinguished Physician,” said Dr. Malik. “With the support of The Davee Foundation, we have been able to foster innovations in emergency medicine to enhance the patient experience and adapt to the ever-changing landscape of emergency care.”

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