Carl Rinder spent virtually his entire career at Lurie Children's and its
predecessor, Children's Memorial Hospital, in planning and business
development. Now retired, Carl has decided to give back by including the
hospital he worked at for 36 years as a beneficiary of his estate.
"I'm grateful for the opportunities the hospital provided me, and I want to
support the hospital in turn in my own small way," he says.
Carl's tenure at the hospital spanned a period of historic growth. He says
that by far his biggest challenges were assessing potential locations for
Lurie Children's, with each location having its own unique impact on
building design, and initial space planning to guide the design of the new
building. The hospital opened in downtown Chicago in 2012.
"It's ironic that the highlight of my career was, in effect, tearing down
the old Children's Memorial, where I spent most of my career," says Carl.
Carl retired in 2014 from the Business Development department. Today he
enjoys spending time with his adult children and grandchildren, gardening
and playing guitar.
He still keeps up with developments at the hospital, and enjoys attending
the quarterly Chairman's Luncheons for John P. Wilson Society members. He's
particularly interested in advances in research - the area he has
designated for his estate gift.
"In the end, everything translates back to patient care," he says. "And the
care of tomorrow will be better than the care of today if we continue to
support pediatric research."