Dr. Greg Schroedl, Chief Medical Officer at NWH, flanked by members of the Hancock family, (left to right): Lucas White, Kelli White, Sean White, Brian Hancock, Sigmund Szyszkowski, Mary White, Dave Hancock, and Audrey Hancock

Dr. Greg Schroedl, Chief Medical Officer at NWH, flanked by members of the Hancock family, (left to right): Lucas White, Kelli White, Sean White, Brian Hancock, Sigmund Szyszkowski, Mary White, Dave Hancock, and Audrey Hancock

At its core, good medical care relies on good relationships.

Family support is crucial — both to an individual patient’s health, and to sustaining vital hospital services and programs for the greater community. Many of the family relationships at Northwest Hospital & Medical Center have existed for decades, and those affiliations are rich with stories.

The Hancock family’s connection to Northwest Hospital began with a gift in the 1990’s, when Robert Hancock and his wife Audrey created the Majorie Lewis Endowment Fund for Community Health in honor of his mother, Marjorie Lewis — who had received care at the hospital. The positive effects of that endowment are still vitally apparent today, in the form of classes, support groups and other programs such as CancerLifeline.

As the Hancocks have continued their generous philanthropic gifts and service throughout the years, they’ve also been able to support their community where its needs are most critical: at the Emergency Department at the hospital. Their support has helped expand the size of the ER and improve its ability to address urgent department needs, such as those made apparent by a recent spike of influenza cases.

The Hancocks’ generosity has long been recognized in the emergency area at Northwest Hospital, where prominent signage welcomed patients and visitors to the Hancock Emergency Pavilion. Recently, the signage was updated, in an effort to continue to honor Bob Hancock’s legacy, and to better reflect the family’s wish to spotlight the innovative programs supported by the Marjorie Lewis Endowment.

Now there is a beautiful plaque that commemorates Bob Hancock’s tremendous civic and corporate leadership and contributions to Northwest Hospital & Medical Center — but the focus has shifted to the emergency services education and community classes that continue to be made possible by the Marjorie Lewis Endowment.

The deep fulfillment that comes from family members honoring one another, and giving back was in evidence at a recent ceremony at the hospital in December. At the small, joyful gathering, hospital board members spoke about the continued impact of the family’s generosity and announced the appointment of Mary White, one of Bob Hancock’s three children, to the Northwest Hospital Development Council.

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The new plaque located in the Robert L. Hancock Emergency Services Pavilion lobby dedicated in December honoring Bob Hancock and his family for their service and philanthropy to Northwest Hospital.

Cindy Hecker, the hospital’s executive director, remarked, “We are most fortunate to have families like the Hancocks, whose generosity and service continue to positively impact the lives of our patients, both now and for many years to come.”

The Hancock family’s generosity not only improves the lives of their community members seeking the services of Northwest Hospital, but continues to ensure that the legacy of their own family will live on through others, too. “Northwest has always been a special place for our family,” said Mary White. “We are happy to continue supporting this hospital as a vital community resource and grateful for the high quality medical care it has provided to us through the years.”