Bev Hoffman honors late husband for his generousity
Born and raised in Elgin, Lane and Bev Hoffman have built strong ties within the community—and that includes their local hospital. The couple served Advocate Sherman Hospital in many ways over the years, so it is very fitting that Bev is honoring her late husband by naming the new Complete Care Center in his memory.
Lane Hoffman learned from his father early on the importance of giving back. Several close calls during his lifetime—a couple of which landed him at Sherman Hospital—confirmed his calling to help others. Lane passed along his generous spirit to his wife, and the pair found a variety of paths to share their time, talent and treasures. Bev blessed others with her beautiful singing and was a part of the Elgin Choral Union for 22 years. Lane participated with charities including Community Crisis Center of Elgin, the United Way, Valparaiso University, his alma mater, and of course, Sherman Hospital.
Lane joined the Sherman Hospital board in 1986, serving as chairman from 1997 to 2001. It was Lane who recognized the importance of adding a philanthropic arm to help grow the hospital. He readily accepted the position as the first Sherman Health Foundation chair in 2003—spearheading a highly successful capital campaign initiative to open the new facility in 2009 on the west side of Elgin.
“Lane’s leadership helped create an awareness of philanthropy among board members and encouraged them in obtaining philanthropic support for the hospital,” wrote former Sherman Hospital president Rick Floyd. “Lane inspired others to do better, to strive to seek the next level.”
Most of the Hoffmans’ giving was done anonymously. They enjoyed doing things for people, but didn’t need the recognition. However, right before Lane passed away in 2012, he expressed a desire for his spirit of philanthropy to be his lasting legacy.
“Although he didn’t want to be recognized for each gift he made, he did want people to remember his generosity and be inspired to do the same. I knew the best place to honor him and keep his memory alive was at Sherman Hospital,” says Bev. “Making a donation to the hospital in support of the Complete Care Center in Lane’s memory is something special I can do to honor him while helping others.”
The Lane and Beverly Hoffman Complete Care Center brings together multiple clinics, treating multiple conditions including heart failure, diabetes, arrhythmia, respiratory and wound care, into one convenient outpatient setting located at Sherman Hospital. This is the first hospital-based program of its kind in the Advocate system and unique across the country.
Run by clinicians, including nurses, dieticians, therapists and more, patients can come to one place to receive care for multiple conditions with back-to-back appointments. Caregivers across disciplines collaborate and discuss each patient to create care plans that consider all the patient’s care needs.
The Complete Care Center will also address behavioral health issues, a big part of chronic disease management—with the goal of the program to prevent readmission and unnecessary visits to the emergency department. Patients will also have access to financial navigators and drug assistance programs all in one convenient, home-like setting.
“Lane would be honored to know his legacy continues and we are helping patients live their best lives,” says Bev. “This is our gift to the community.”