The Norwegian American Hospital Foundation seeks to engage philanthropists, the corporate and foundation community, and civic leaders to help Norwegian American Hospital provide high-quality healthcare to the people of Humboldt Park and neighboring communities

In January 2017, Elizabeth Colón was elected Chair of the Foundation Board, succeeding Adam Boris, who in 2013, led a successful initiative to reenergize the Foundation’s strategic focus, manage foundation funds and operations, and raise well over $1 million in new funds.

These investments – coupled with strong leadership, transparent governance, and operational improvements – have put Norwegian American Hospital on a new course for excellence and long-term sustainability. Over the past five years, this leadership has guided Norwegian into becoming one of the best community hospitals in Chicago, providing patients with excellent and compassionate medical care, regardless of their economic circumstances or insurance coverage.

We are grateful to our donors, community partners, and foundation and corporate sponsors for their commitment and leadership.  With their help and support, we will continue developing new, innovative ways to improve the health of the residents of Humboldt Park and the surrounding West Side neighborhoods of Chicago.

Read our 2015 Community Report

Our story of transformation


Thanks in large part to generous support from our philanthropic partners Norwegian has introduced new services and improved existing ones.

Highlights include:

  • CARE-A-VAN Launch

    The Mobile Medical Care-A-Van provides basic health screenings and immunizations to thousands of Humboldt Park/West Town school children and adults annually.

  • Pediatric Dental Van Launch

    Rolling out the hospital’s new Pediatric Dental Van meets a critical gap in community healthcare services.

  • Maternity Care

    Renovating and restructuring the hospital’s maternity unit ensures that all women and their children receive high quality pre- and post-natal care.


Avondale, West Town, Humboldt Park, East Garfield Park, West Garfield Park, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, Logan Square, Austin


Thanks to our generous donors, we have raised well over $1 million in new funds.


This year we hope to raise over $1 million in funds to support our Prevent Diabetes Now! health initiative.

Norwegian American Hospital Foundation Board of Directors

Critical to the success of the Foundation is its Board of Directors.

Elizabeth Colón

Elizabeth Colón is a speaker, author and the CEO of Metaphrasis Language & Cultural Solutions, LLC, which provides translation and interpreting services across a variety of industries. Ms. Colón launched Metaphrasis with an idea and a bilingual skill set; she has grown the company into a forward thinking Chicago-based business. As a businesswoman and community activist she frequently receives recognition including a 2016 Woman of Influence by The Chicago Business Journal, 2015 Woman Business Owner of the Year by The National Association of Women Business Owners, 2014 Small Business Person of the Year by the Small Business Administration and 2013 Enterprising Woman of the year by Enterprising Women. She also co-authored the book Today’s Inspired Latinas: Life Stories of Success in the Face of Adversity.

Rochelle L. Turrisi, Esq.
Vice Chair

Rochelle Turrisi is an associate attorney at Grupo REU Law Firm, LLC, a Chicago law firm that serves Cook and surrounding counties in immigration, family law, and estate planning. She received her juris doctor from DePaul University College of Law, and her undergraduate degree from Eureka College. Interested in advocating for social justice, Ms. Turrisi studied international, public interest and family law while attending DePaul. Her current practice focuses on improving the lives of families in turbulence in domestic relations matters, assisting with immigration proceedings and applications, and helping clients prepare for the future through careful estate planning.

Adam Boris

Adam Boris has worked for a number of blue chip companies and high-growth startups in healthcare and other industries. He served as CEO of ICNet Systems, a global provider of infection surveillance software to hospitals, from 2011 to 2014, engineering its sale to Baxter International. He is currently a consultant to several healthcare companies. Mr. Boris is also a trustee of Norwegian American Hospital, where he serves on the Executive, Quality and Strategy committees. He has an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management of Northwestern University and MS and BS degrees in engineering from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

Joseph Mejia, MD

Dr. Mejia is the Medical Director of the Corporate Health Program at Norwegian American Hospital. Dr. Mejia has been a member of many charitable boards and has participated in numerous medical missions to Nigeria and Haiti. He has been on the Foundation Board since 2003. He attended the University of Michigan, and received an MD degree from Michigan State University. After completing his internship with the Department of Defense at Gorgas Hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, he finished his residency at Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, Ill.

Todd Sloane

Todd Sloane is a veteran healthcare journalist and corporate communications professional. In 2012 he started his own boutique consulting firm, Quo Vadimus Communications, to help healthcare organizations connect with their target audiences. Previously he led communications for Press Ganey Associates, a healthcare performance improvement company serving more than half of all U.S. hospitals. Mr. Sloane spent 14 years at Modern Healthcare magazine, where as senior editor he led print and online editorial sections for the leading industry publication. There he won the most prestigious prize in the field – the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award – for a series of editorials on health reform. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois School of Communications.

Luis Arroyo, Jr.

Luis Arroyo, Jr.

Luis Arroyo, Jr., is a lifelong public servant, community leader and resident of Chicago’s Northwest Side. He is a Democratic member of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, representing the 8th District. Mr. Arroyo serves as chairman and co-founder of the Illinois Council for the Advancement of Latino Leadership, which works to cultivate leadership skills and networks among young Latinos. He is completing his Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies at Northeastern Illinois University.

Also on the board:
Evangeline De Leon, civic leader;
Hester Kim, civic leader;
Veronica Martinez, civic leader;
Jose Suarez, Account Executive