Just in time for the first snow of the year, on Wednesday, November 18th, Westlake Hospital donated 124 coats of various sizes, styles and colors to Elementary School District 89 offices. In addition to the warm coats, Westlake also donated two bags full of new mittens, scarves, and hats. It has been an annual tradition for Westlake Hospital staff to organize a clothing drive, which benefits families in need in the community the hospital serves. 

Westlake Hospital employees began collecting winter coats on October 5th when the weather was still beautiful and it seemed that winter was a long way off.  Thanks to the forethought and generosity of Westlake’s staff, at least 124 children in Elementary School District 89 will be toasty and warm this fall and winter. We are happy to note that this year’s Westlake’s donation of coats exceeded the donation from 2014, which totaled 103 coats.  

Westlake Hospital employees continue to generously care for the children in School District 89 – in addition to the annual winter coat drive, the hospital holds an annual school bag drive in the late summer. This year, 89 school bags filled with school supplies were donated to needy children in the District.

About Westlake Hospital

Westlake Hospital is a 225-bed hospital located in Melrose Park that is accredited by the Joint Commission. The hospital offers a comprehensive array of advanced inpatient, outpatient and surgical services and is an area leader in obstetrics, bariatric services, rehabilitative medicine, gynecology, surgical services, and behavioral health. Westlake Hospital is a Primary Stroke Center certified by The Joint Commission for using stroke care protocols that have been proven as efficient and high quality. The Hospital is a designated Center of Excellence for Minimally Invasive Gynecology by the American Association of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) and Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). Westlake Hospital is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a national, diversified healthcare services company with more than 105,000 employees united around a common mission: to help people live happier, healthier lives. The company operates 85 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient centers. Visit www.westlakehosp.com for more information.

Breakdown of Coats donated


  • Boys 11
  • Girls 9
  • Total 20


  • Boys 9
  • Girls 17
  • Total 26


  • Boys 15
  • Girls 14
  • Total 29


  • Boys 10
  • Girls 11
  • Total 21


  • Boys 4
  • Girls 16
  • Total 20


  • Boys 3
  • Girls 5
  • Total 8


  • Boys 52
  • Girls 72
  • Total 124