Recognizing Leadership & Volunteerism

Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center recognized Malcolm (Mac) Deam M.D., Infectious Disease Physician, and The Auxiliary of West Suburban Medical Center for their leadership, unwavering commitment and significant contributions to the institution and the community during a celebratory reception in their honor on April 20.


Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center physician Malcolm Deam, M.D., was awarded the Kenneth J. Douglas Award for Excellence for his consummate dedication to his patients, fellow physicians, coworkers and the Vanguard West Suburban Medical Center community. He is the 16th recipient of this prestigious award, named after Kenneth J. Douglas, former Chairman of the medical center’s Board of Directors.


Since joining the medical staff in 1976, Dr. Deam has shown tremendous leadership, an unyielding commitment to his patients and a resolute commitment to the hospital and the communities it serves.  During his tenure, Dr. Deam has proven his dedication to quality and safety by sitting on and chairing countless committees, serving as Medical Director of the Medical Center’s physician-hospital organization (PHO), Medical Staff President, Internal Medicine Residency Program Director, and Internal Medicine Department Chairman.


“His dedication to our institution is nothing short of extraordinary,” says John Walsh, M.D., “I know of no other person who has willingly given so much of his time, talents and self as Dr. Malcolm Deam. His contributions to the management of infectious disease, the development of tomorrow’s physicians and to the growth of this fine institution is remarkable.”


“Regardless of his position, Mac Deam has always loudly and proudly called West Suburban home,” says Kevin Cullinane, M.D. “This isn’t just because he was born at West Suburban, but because he knows this hospital provides patients with the quality that he requires of himself and instills in the rest of us. His integrity, honesty, reliability and dedication to patient care is infectious and certainly worth celebrating.”


Shortly after Dr. Deam was honored by those in attendance, the 2011 Margaret R. Houck Award for Stewardship & Volunteerism was awarded to the Auxiliary of West Suburban Medical Center, a remarkable group of talented and generous women who raised more than $9 million for this hospital. In 1914, the Auxiliary was established by a group of women interested in helping the hospital ‘provide free bed care for the needy.’ For almost 100 years, the Auxilians raised money to fund hospital expansion and modernization projects and fulfill their mission. They hosted elegant and prosperous Celebration black-tie events andran the Gift Shop. Their generosity benefited countless departments at West Suburban, including the: Intensive Care Unit, Radiology, Emergency Department, Coronary Care Unit, Laboratory, Family Birthplace, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Gastroenterology Laboratory and the College of Nursing.


“The Margaret R. Houck Award for Volunteerism and Stewardship is given to individuals who have made significant contributions of time, talent and resources to our hospital,” remarks Jack Cleary, Chief Executive Officer. “I can’t think of anyone or any group who deserves this award more than the Auxiliary. Every time I walk through the hospital and see an area that benefited from the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts, I am humbled by their generosity.”