Weiss Memorial Hospital is named after Louis A. Weiss, a successful Chicago businessman who wanted to give back to the neighborhoods in which he flourished.
The History of Weiss Memorial Hospital
Born in 1897 and later described as a “quiet giver,” Weiss was more concerned with the tangible benefits of helping people than with attaining personal recognition. His philanthropic focus centered on the neighborhood where he grew up and marked his business successes. When he died in 1949, Weiss left a will that set aside, through the L.A. Weiss Foundation, a generous sum for charity with the specification that the funds benefit Chicago’s North Side.
In 1950, noted political and civic leader Col. Jacob M. Arvey was instrumental in bringing together members of the Weiss family with members of the Strauss Surgical Group, widely known for innovative surgical techniques, particularly in the field of cancer. Three Strauss brothers, doctors Alfred, Herman, and Siegfried, co-founded the hospital with the Weiss family. The hospital was intended as a fitting and lasting memorial to the man whose generosity provided the initial seeding gift.
In 2013, Tenet Healthcare Corporation acquired Vanguard Health Systems, Inc., dissolving the joint venture with The University of Chicago Medicine. As part of the Tenet family, Weiss has joined a leading network of hospitals and health care facilities that share the same commitment to providing high-quality care to our surrounding communities.
In 2015, The Center for Gender Confirmation Surgery at Weiss Memorial Hospital led by medical director Loren S. Schechter, MD, FACS, was established, offering a comprehensive approach to gender confirmation surgery. The program is one of only a handful of centers in the country that offers the full spectrum of gender-confirming procedures consistent with the guidelines established by the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
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Although the last few months of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic have been a winding, rocky road, we want to remind you that we are here to support you. At Weiss Memorial Hospital, we’ve put every precaution in place to keep our patients and staff safe.