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Naperville couple named hospital’s 'Good Samaritans of the Year'

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2013 10:50 a.m. CST
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In recognition of the time and resources Jim and Sandy Lovelle have given to the Good Samaritan Hospital over the years, the Naperville couple will be recognized as the “Good Samaritans of the Year” at the hospital’s upcoming major fundraising event.

NAPERVILLE – After suffering three heart attacks within six months and undergoing open heart surgery in 1990, Vince Lovelle considers giving back to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital a last step in the healing process.

In recognition of the time and resources he and his wife, Sandy, have given to the hospital over the years, the Naperville couple will be recognized as the “Good Samaritans of the Year” at the hospital’s upcoming major fundraising event.

The couple donated $50,000 for the purchase of pediatric surgical equipment for use in the 14 technologically advanced surgical suites. Vince Lovelle also is a member of the hospital’s Governing Council after having served as chairman of the hospital’s Development Council, a group of community leaders and physicians who volunteer to guide fundraising activities on behalf of Good Samaritan Hospital.

Hospital President Dave Fox is thankful for the Lovelles’ generosity.

“Vince and Sandy’s contribution has touched so many lives. We are extremely grateful for their strong involvement in the community and willingness to give back,” Fox said. “Good Samaritan Hospital is pleased to recognize the Lovelles as the ‘Good Samaritans of the Year’ for their outstanding commitment to health and the community.”

With the help of philanthropy, and people like the Lovelles, Good Samaritan Hospital has been able to expand and better accommodate its patients with the latest technology, according to a release.

“Heath care is improving at a rapid pace,” Vince Lovelle said. “Sandy and I wanted to help Good Samaritan remain state-of-the-art. We are glad we were able to make a large gift to the hospital, but know how important every charitable contribution is­ – big or small.”

The Lovelles will be recognized at Hollywood Nights, the hospital’s 2013 gala on Oct. 26 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.

Tickets are $250 per person. Reservations can be made at advocatehealth.com/festival.

Proceeds benefit the renovation and modernization of the hospital’s cardiovascular and diagnostic rehabilitation services.

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