A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

SuzetMcKinneyPicDear IMD Partners and Friends:

As you may know, the IMD Commission is a seven-member body responsible for the development and collaboration of medical science initiatives that support our partners within the District. Four Commissioners are appointed by the Illinois Governor, two by the Mayor of the City of Chicago and one by the President of the Cook County Board.

The work of the commission is essential in helping us achieve our goal of transforming the District into a world class health life destination. Last week at our bi-monthly commission meeting, the IMD welcomed two new commissioners. Neville Reid is a capital partner at Fox Swibel Levin & Caroll, where he co-chairs the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group. Commissioner Reid has over 25 years’ experience representing a diverse client group “in all aspects” of bankruptcy. He completed his undergraduate and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees at Harvard.

John T. Cooke, Jr is the Regional Commissioner of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service. In that post he heads the U.S. real estate operations in the six-state Region and is responsible for a property portfolio comprising more than 35 million square feet of offices and workplaces in nearly 1,100 buildings owned or leased by GSA. Commissioner Cooke was recognized in 2014 by the Chicago Defender as one of the city's 50 African American Men of Excellence.

Finally, I’d like to extend our gratitude to outgoing commissioners George Bilicic and Terry Mazany. They were steadfast in their dedication to helping us succeed in the many different initiatives aimed at putting the IMD on the map. We’re grateful for their invaluable service and mentorship.


Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  

 CAN TV Names New Executive Director


Last month, CAN TV announced the appointment of Jim McVane as Executive Director. Prior to his appointment, Mr. McVane spent over 20 years with the City of Chicago, working in various positions related to cable television regulation and alternative video service providers. Most recently, he served as a Deputy Commissioner and Attorney for the city’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection. Mr. McVane began his duties as CAN TV Executive Director on March 6. To learn more about Mr. McVane and his appointment, click here.

CHICAT Grand Opening

ChiCatBuilding On Wednesday, March 22, The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (CHICAT) officially opened the doors to its new state of the art facility, located in the IMD. CHICAT celebrated the occasion with a grand opening event that included a guided tour of the facility, a performance by the Chicago High School for the Arts Jazz Combo A and a reception that featured remarks from CHICAT CEO/Executive Director Sequane Lawrence, civic leaders and other partners. CHICAT offers arts education classes for youth and career training for adults in the fields of advanced manufacturing and healthcare. Please join us in welcoming CHICAT to the IMD!

Claremont McKenna College IMD Visit


Claremont McKenna College Career Services hosted a Student Network Trip to Chicago on March 13-17. The trip focused on the school’s Science/Medical Interest Clusters, specifically: Medicine, Biotech, Health Service, Science and Environment. The goal of the trip was to provide the students with a better sense of the work being done in Chicago, and increase their awareness of the vast number of career opportunities open to them, both now and in the future.

On March 16th, the students visited the IMD. As part of their visit, the group made stops at several of our partner institutions, including the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Jesse Brown VA Hospital, the Chicago Department of Public Health and GreatPoint Energy. The students received an overview of the work being done at each organization, toured the facilities, and had an opportunity to ask questions to a variety of staff.

ChicagoCAC Luminary Award Dinner


On Thursday, May 4, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) will host its third annual Luminary Award Dinner. This year, ChicagoCAC is pleased to honor Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, for her contributions the city’s children, and for “lighting the path toward hope and healing.”

Community leaders, professionals and supporters are invited to attend the event, which will take place at the Union League Club from 5:30 to 9 PM. Proceeds from the event will support ChicagoCAC’s mission to prevent child sexual abuse and help children and families heal. For more information, or to register for the event, click here.

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