NorthShore University HealthSystem and Chicago Blackhawks Sign Five-Year Deal

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Historic Agreement Makes NorthShore "Official Healthcare Partner"

The timing is right to align the NorthShore brand with an organization that shares the same passion for Chicago and commitment to the community we serve.

Evanston, Illinois - September 24, 2009 -- NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) and the Chicago Blackhawks today announced a five-year agreement establishing NorthShore as the "Official Healthcare Partner of the Chicago Blackhawks." The multi-faceted agreement, effective immediately, creates a unique partnership between two renowned organizations that share a vision to extend their reach into the Chicagoland region.

"In remarkable time, the Chicago Blackhawks have re-established themselves as a premier sports franchise in this region," said Jeffrey H. Hillebrand, Chief Operating Officer at NorthShore. "The timing is right to align the NorthShore brand with an organization that shares the same passion for Chicago and commitment to the community we serve."

The partnership includes NorthShore's active participation and presence at the United Center, on television and radio broadcasts, on the team's website and in mailings. Other elements include player appearances and a separate stepped-up philanthropic partnership with Chicago Blackhawk Charities involving community-based events and programs.

"Our professionals, on and off the ice, have worked tirelessly to bring the Chicago Blackhawks back into the forefront of our community and our fans. We are proud to have NorthShore University HealthSystem as our newest partner in that effort," said John McDonough, Chicago Blackhawks Team President. "NorthShore shares our values of service, professionalism, and a commitment to grow in our respective marketplaces."

This is the second high-profile partnership NorthShore has with a professional sports franchise in Chicago. In July, NorthShore announced it signed a first-ever agreement with the Chicago Bears to be the team's official healthcare partner.

About Chicago Blackhawks

The 2009-10 season will mark the Chicago Blackhawks' 82nd in the National Hockey League. The Blackhawks, an Original 6 franchise, finished the 2008-09 regular season with 46 wins and 104 points, their most in 16 years, before reaching the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1995. Chicago led the National Hockey League with an average of 22,247 fans per game during the 2008-09 regular-season, which includes setting a league club record by attracting an average of 21,732 fans to its 40 home dates at the United Center. The Blackhawks also established a franchise record by welcoming over 1,000,000 fans (1,052,261) to the United Center in 2008-09 (regular-season and playoffs), and have entertained 52 consecutive capacity crowds dating back to 2008.

About NorthShore University HealthSystem
Headquartered in Evanston, NorthShore University HealthSystem is a comprehensive, fully integrated, healthcare delivery system that serves the Chicago Region. The system includes four hospitals in Evanston, Glenview (Glenbrook Hospital), Highland Park and Skokie. The health system employs more than 10,000 and has 2,400 affiliated physicians, including a 600-physician, multispecialty physician group practice with over 70 office locations - NorthShore University HealthSystem Medical Group. Further, NorthShore supports teaching and research as the principal teaching affiliate for the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine.

The NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute focuses on clinical and translational research, including leadership in outcomes research and clinical trials. The NorthShore University HealthSystem Foundation is a leading philanthropic entity of NorthShore. It raises charitable contributions, engages volunteer friends and invests in community partnerships.

Amy Ferguson
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Jim Anthony
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