The Evergreen Invitational® is a premier event that brings the beauty, pageantry and amazing athleticism of equestrian Grand Prix show jumping to the greater Chicagoland area. The equestrian Grand Prix (meaning greatest or richest of prizes) has long been a fan favorite in Europe and is now gaining wide popularity here in the U.S. Regarded as one of the most exciting events of the Olympic Games, Grand Prix show jumping events are now seen from coast to coast! Proceeds from the Evergreen Invitational® benefit women's health programs at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

Responding to Women's Needs with Comprehensive Health Care at All Stages of Life

Founded by MK Pritzker, the Evergreen Invitational® is a premier, annual event that brings the excitement and pageantry of equestrian Grand Prix show jumping to the greater Chicagoland area. Proceeds from the event support world-class women's health programs at Prentice Women's Hospital of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Funding from the 2007 Evergreen Invitational has enabled Prentice healthcare professionals to continue their notable efforts in pioneering new approaches to women's health issues.

Programs selected to receive grants beginning in October 2007 through September 2008 reflect the objectives of the Evergreen Invitational to support patient-centered programs that encompass one or more of the following guiding principles:

  • Benefit low-income infants, girls and women of all ages in the Chicago area
  • Support programs that are historically underfunded
  • Fund programs to further systemic change
  • Offer rehabilitation or ongoing healthcare services to women after giving birth or after a gynecologic procedure
  • Enable caregivers, energize researchers and empower patients to create and maintain a healthy society
  • Create or improve programs that are self-sustaining after initial funding


Grant Initiatives Supported by the Evergreen Invitational:

  • New Beginnings: Healthy You and Healthy Baby, for the HIV Women's Program — For women who are HIV-positive and pregnant, The Northwestern HIV Women's Program creates a strong communication bond between caregivers and patients, supporting them both physically and emotionally through pregnancy, labor and delivery, and the postpartum period. Since 1996, every delivery in the program has been HIV-free.

    With the average number of deliveries increasing four times over the period from 1996 to 2007, and a total of 238 babies born HIV-free, The Northwestern HIV Women's Program is the largest HIV/OB care provider in the state. Evergreen's New Beginnings program is a new, vital part of these mother's comprehensive care, strengthening the educational, emotional and "buddy" support during this vulnerable phase when a mother's willingness to comply with medication and dietary guidelines is critical.

  • Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) for the Prentice Ambulatory Care Clinic (PAC) — PAC provides comprehensive obstetrical and gynecologic outpatient care that meets the healthcare challenges of underinsured or uninsured Medicare and Medicaid patients. Through Evergreen's support, more patients will be seen, receiving better access and decreased waiting times. Hiring an APN will enable the clinic to add 80 appointments weekly to its schedule, or 4,000 appointments annually!

  • Development of the First-ever Drug Reference Guide for the Pregnant Patient — A Northwestern Memorial Hospital intranet-based drug information service will assist all medical caregivers in appropriate use of medications in pregnancy and link them to current obstetrical pharmacology research. This reference guide is a first for Northwestern and the region and eventually will serve as a national model for the dissemination of drug information to providers who care for pregnant women. Every pregnant woman at Prentice and beyond will benefit.

  • A Joint Effort with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago: The Inner Strength Initiative Pilot Program — The opening of the Prentice Women's Hospital presents an opportunity for Northwestern Memorial and RIC, the "#1 Rehabilitation Hospital in America," to work more collaboratively by offering effective and timely Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PMR) care for patients through RIC's nationally recognized Women's Health Rehabilitation Program. Historically, incontinence and pelvic pain that result from gynecological surgeries and labor and delivery have not always been addressed in a timely fashion. A specially trained team of RIC physiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, and psychologists will provide interventions on site at Prentice during the "window of opportunity" that occurs while patients are still hospitalized. These patients' care and recovery will vastly benefit.

  • Implementation of a Certified Nurse Midwife Role for Low Risk Labor Management — In 2007, over 10,000 babies were delivered at Prentice, and this number is expected to grow with the opening of the new hospital. Though every delivery is managed by a team consisting of an obstetrician, anesthesiologist, resident and nurse, a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM) will provide unique and nurturing support during labor, and offer assistance to other team members. The addition of a CNM symbolizes Prentice's commitment to providing the "best patient experience."

  • Research in Chronic Maternal Stress and Disparities in Preterm Birth — 85% of all adverse outcomes during pregnancy are caused by preterm birth and African Americans are twice as likely to experience it as other populations. This research will help to explain some potential reasons for preterm birth among African American women who experience chronic external stress. The study will measure external stress factors, biologic stress response and preterm birth, ultimately to find out if there is such an association and to create interventions that may lower the risk of preterm birth and decrease population disparities over time.


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