Friends of Prentice Awards Largest Grant in Organization History

On the Heels of Nearly $1M Raised at Annual Benefit, FOP Achieves 30-plus Years of Investing in the Future of Women’s Health, by Fully Funding a Comprehensive Perinatal Depression Program
CHICAGO (September, 2016) – On September 16th at the Friends of Prentice Annual Benefit Evening, the organization announced its award of the largest single grant in the organization’s history. The grant will fully fund a Collaborative Care Model for Perinatal Depression Support (COMPAS), an ambitious program developed by Emily S. Miller, MD, MPH.
Perinatal depression is one of the most common and devastating complications of pregnancy. Depression affects one out of every seven women, yet many do not receive the proper treatment. At Prentice Women’s Hospital, approximately two thousand women receiving care annually suffer from perinatal depression and COMPAS would tie mental health care into routine postnatal care.
“I see countless women who suffer from perinatal depression, leaving them, and their infants vulnerable,” says Miller. “COMPAS is an integrated care program that re-imagines prenatal care delivery. This concept of embedding psychiatrists into the postnatal process becomes self- sustaining, making it the first of its kind.”
The Annual Benefit Evening, themed Passport to Prentice, welcomed over 400 guests to the Four Seasons for an evening of global allure. The volunteer fundraising board successfully raised nearly $1M to further advance the quality of healthcare provided to women and infants in Chicago and beyond. The event is the organization’s main fundraiser, allowing them to continue to invest in life-changing research projects, like COMPAS.
“Thanks to the unwavering commitment from our board of directors and the generous support from the community, we were able to fund COMPAS, an incredibly impactful programs that will undoubtedly change the lives of women and infants in our community,” said Chris Newton, Friends of Prentice Board President. “I am thrilled to be at the helm of an organization that has proven both sustainable and progressive and now more than ever, is funding the future of women’s healthcare.”
Friends of Prentice dedicates approximately $500,000 annually, totaling over $20M since its inception 30 years ago to fund research and clinical care programs to advance scientific discoveries, patient care and treatments. In 2011, Friends of Prentice began their annual campus- wide competitive grants initiative for Northwestern Memorial Hospital clinicians and researchers focused on women’s health, and since has provided approximately $2,450,000 to fund 46 projects. The organization has already committed $600,000 to 13 research and clinical initiatives this year alone, before this major gift.
The event also featured a live auction, highlighting a travel experience that included business class tickets on Emirates Airlines to Dubai, a stay at the exclusive St. Regis Dubai and the coveted Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa, followed by three nights at the breathtaking St. Regis Bali. The package raised over $30,000.
Friends of Prentice would like to extend a special thank you to the evening’s Co-Chairs, Sharyl Mackey and Meghan Gill and the entire board of directors for their dedication and shared passion for their mission, and all of the event sponsors, especially Wintrust Financial.
About Friends of Prentice
Friends of Prentice harnesses the creativity and resources of a diverse and engaged volunteer board, sharing a common passion for women’s health. Working in partnership with Northwestern Memorial Hospital’s Prentice Women’s Hospital, the nonprofit organization advances the quality of care provided to women by investing in emerging technologies and medical advancements including groundbreaking research, clinical care programs and advanced educational opportunities. Friends of Prentice nurtures a proud legacy of philanthropy and volunteerism as they strive to improve health and wellness throughout the arc of a woman’s life. To date, Friends of Prentice has raised over $20 million to support research, education and patient care programs at Prentice Women’s Hospital. For more information, please visit