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Rush Heritage Society: 20 Years of Advancing Health Care

This year, the Rush Heritage Society celebrates our 20th year supporting Rush as a national leader in health care, research, education and community service. Rush’s growth in the last two decades would not have been possible without the wisdom of forward-looking Rush Heritage Society members who continue to help advance the future of health care even after their lifetimes. 

Since 1994, Rush has received more than $105 million from estate gifts of all different sizes by Rush Heritage Society members. These legacy gifts have helped establish many of our endowed chairs, supported endowed scholarship funds and provided capital expenditures. Here are some examples: 

  • A gift from the estate of James Russell led to the innovative James R.and Helen D. Russell Surgery Center in Rush’s Tower. The center’s larger operating rooms accommodate today’s advanced technology, and closer preparation and recovery stations allow for less stress on patients.
  • A strong passion for nursing led to a bequest from the estate of Annie MacDonald Gunn Bond to support nursing scholarships.
  • After a lifetime spent supporting Rush, Robert Borwell and his wife, Naomi, made a bequest that created the Robert C. and Naomi T. Borwell Presidential Chair. 

All of us at Rush remain profoundly grateful for the foresight and generosity of all of our Heritage Society members. Anyone can be a part of the transformative power of legacy gifts. Rush philanthropy staff is pleased to work with you and your advisors to develop a personally rewarding charitable gift that will help further the Medical Center’s mission.

For more information about legacy giving, contact Susan Sasvari, senior director of gift planning, at (312) 942-3691 or

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