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NCH receives donated children's books from Barnes & Noble over holidays

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Northwest Community Healthcare

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 10, 2013) -- Northwest Community Healthcare in Arlington Heights partnered with the popular bookstore Barnes and Noble this holiday season to collect more than 1,500 donated books for patients in the Pediatric department. Picture, board and chapter books were all collected in the month-long book drive.

"This is such a wonderful partnership for our pediatric department," said Joanne Borck, pediatric department manager and coordinator of the book drive for NCH. "The books donated for the kids really make a difference during their stay, whether they're a patient or here with a family member."

Through the Holiday Book Drive at Barnes and Noble stores, more than 1,500 books, including some written in Spanish and Polish, were collected for the Pediatric department. Staff distributed the books and a teddy bear for children who were admitted at NCH. NCH's partner, Women in Need Growing Stronger (WINGS), also benefited from donations, as well as NCH's Health Library and waiting rooms.

"We knew NCH is well regarded in the community and we wanted to reach the children who might be in the hospital during the holidays," said Leslie Metcalf, merchandise manager for Barnes and Noble in Arlington Heights.

Every year, Barnes and Noble stores hold holiday book drives for customers to purchase and then donate new books. Barnes and Noble stores in the northwest suburbs selected NCH as the recipient of the picture books, board books and chapter books. "It's our chance to try to help give back," Metcalf said. "We knew we wanted to reach out to NCH."

NCH's Pediatric inpatient unit has approximately 2,000 admissions annually and the Pediatric Emergency Department sees more than 10,000 children per year.

About Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH)

Serving Chicago's northwest suburbs since 1959, NCH is a comprehensive, patient-centered system of care that serves more than 350,000 outpatients each year, as well as nearly 30,000 inpatients treated annually at the 496-bed acute care hospital in Arlington Heights. The award-winning hospital holds the prestigious Magnet designation for nursing excellence, is designated as a Primary Stroke Center earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval in 2011, and was awarded the Leapfrog Group's designation as one of the nation's Top Hospitals based on quality and safety criteria. NCH has four Immediate Care locations in the northwest suburbs and operates a FastCare Clinic in Palatine. NCH has a medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians, which includes the board-certified primary care doctors and specialists of the NCH Medical Group. For more information or to find a doctor on the NCH Medical staff, visit