Crusader Clinic Capital Campaign needs your support

Crusader Clinic’s $4.8 million Capital Campaign was launched in late 2005 with the goal of crucial renovations and upgrades, expanding its ability to care for growing numbers of expectant mothers, their newborns and children through teens. When completed, Crusader will be able to treat 5,200 additional patients annually, while providing added resources for current patients.

But before construction can begin this summer as planned, Crusader must reach its campaign goal by May 31. The community is asked to help Crusader reach this goal. In the balance is a $300,000 Challenge Grant from The Kresge Foundation, which Crusader will receive when it raises $600,000 in matching funds.

Dan Loescher, Capital Campaign chairman, is directing a team of dedicated volunteers who are contacting businesses and individuals to ask for their support of Crusader at this critical time.

As stated in The Crusader, the clinic’s spring 2007 newsletter. “We are deeply appreciative of the major gifts that served as a tremendous vote of confidence soon after the Capital Campaign began in late 2005. Significant gifts from Woodward, SwedishAmerican Health System, Janet Kjellstrom, the Corbett Foundation, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, AMCORE Bank and the Gloyd Family Foundation provided the groundwork to build from. Thanks also are given to U.S. Representative Don Manzullo for $985,461 in federal earmark funds obtained to support the campaign.

“The Capital Campaign will pay for major improvements to Crusader’s two Rockford facilities to accommodate pressing demands for prenatal, pediatric and women’s health medical care.

“A new family health medical unit on the third floor of the Crusader Clinic on Broadway-Uram Building is the centerpiece of the campaign and will allow for 5,200 more patients to be served and provide additional resources for current patients. A new patient-education center at the West State clinic will consolidate and enhance resources for chronic disease management and lifestyle change to help patients live more healthfully for themselves and their families.”

Clinic's 35th anniversary of community care

Gordon Eggers Jr., president and CEO of Crusader Clinic, stated in a letter: “This year marks the 35th anniversary of Crusader Clinic’s establishment… Today, we are a highly integrated primary care and dental care provider that served nearly 42,000 patients last year… The 250 ‘assistant CEOs’ who work at Crusader have a passion for their work, which they translate daily into competent action.

“This winter, Crusader Clinic completed an on-site performance review with the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration. The federal agency oversees the 900 community health centers that operate in the United States. For months, the evaluators worked in depth with a Crusader team in reviewing a battery of performance standards.

“The result? They gave us solid affirmation that the quality improvement measures—clinically, operationally and financially—that we have been implementing for the last two years are showing very positive returns. Some of their comments follow:

‘You are a great organization, on the verge of becoming an even greater one.’

‘Your improvements (fiscal/operational) are UNPRECEDENTED!’

‘Your dental program is in the top few of the country, and talked about in Washington.’

“With that validation, we move forward to refine and expand our quality care…”

Prenatal and baby care

Last year, Crusader physicians delivered 980 babies, primarily at SwedishAmerican Hospital—nearly a 60 percent increase over the number of babies delivered four years ago. This represents 25 percent of all babies born in Winnebago County. To address the needs of its growing OB population, Crusader Clinic added two obstetrician/gynecologists and a nurse practitioner to its Women’s Health professional staff last year.

Crusader Clinic serves many pregnant women who have multiple stress factors in their lives, putting them at risk of delivering low birth weight babies. LBW babies are at greater risk of experiencing developmental delays, having health problems throughout life and dying before their first birthday. In 2001, Crusader was recognized as the best of 900 community health centers in the nation for LBW outcomes. The staff continues to strive for healthy pregnancies, as more recent LBW rates show Crusader’s 8.2 percent rate in 2006 to be below Winnebago County’s overall LBW rate of 9.5 percent in 2004, the most recent figure available.

For more information and/or to contribute to the Capital Campaign, contact: Linda Niemiec, CFRE, vice president Development, Crusaders Health Foundation, (815) 490-1621 or e-mail:

from the May 23-29, 2007, issue

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