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A partnership for your good health

A gift from Joseph Canizaro has enabled Legatus offer its members access to top hospitals. . .

doctorHealthnetwork Foundation has provided a vital and direct link for thousands of members and their families to top physicians and hospitals across the United States since 1991. As an organization that is firmly committed to giving back, Healthnetwork also donates substantial resources to leading physicians and medical institutions in order to make medicine better for everyone.

Here are some highlights of 2008 and what we look forward to in months ahead:

• Helping nearly 3,000 members (including nearly 200 Legates from 25 states)

• Building and strengthening relationships with major hospitals for our members, including these new alliances: Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.; Hospital for Special Surgery, New York; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, geriatric program

• Strengthening our services with the addition of a medical director, Dr. Susan Locke, for the benefit of our members

Most importantly as part of our mission, Healthnetwork has donated more money than ever before. In 2008, our board of directors instituted a powerful research grant program, awarding 10 physicians annually for consistently going above and beyond in assisting our members.

Healthnetwork provided matching gifts alongside major member donations to fund three dedicated offices, and there are plans for more. These offices within our hospitals help to support our liaisons’ efforts and enhance member experiences at our hospitals.

What does this mean for you? Your Legatus member benefit, Healthnetwork Foundation, is stronger than ever and poised to help you when you need us most. If you haven’t had a chance to call Healthnetwork to see how we can help you, take the time now. Whether you’re looking for preventive programs to keep yourself healthy or a specialist for diagnosis, treatment or second opinions, our staff is available to assist you.

Kate Hannibal is Healthnetwork Foundation’s marketing manager.

Special thank you

Joseph Canizaro

Joseph Canizaro

Legatus Healthnetwork extends a special note of thanks to Joseph C. Canizaro, chairman of First Bank and Trust, and member of Legatus’ New Orleans Chapter. His generous gift enabled Legatus to continue offering its members access to the world’s best hospitals and physicians through Healthnetwork. For this gesture, we all owe him a debt of gratitude.

More than 80 Legatus members called Healthnetwork Foundation since Canizaro made his gift in October. These Legates place a great amount of trust and faith in our foundation each time they call us with a medical issue, and we appreciate their confidence in our services. Healthnetwork remains committed to finding the best medical care for our members and their families. Thank you, Mr. Canizaro!

Healthnetwork is a Legatus membership benefit, a health care “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. To learn how this can work for you, call (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. E-mail: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org

Healthnetworks’s new partnership

Last spring, Legatus Cleveland Chapter member Adam Kaufman of Healthnetwork Foundation met with New Orleans Chapter founder Joseph Canizaro to discuss Legatus’s ability to continue funding and providing Healthnetwork as a vital member benefit.

In the end, Canizaro agreed to make a generous gift on behalf of all Legatus members to support the Legatus Healthnetwork initiative. Canizaro’s generosity and unbridled enthusiasm for Legatus Healthnetwork enables all members to have access to the best hospitals and physicians in the world through Healthnetwork. The new partnership is now Legatus Healthnetwork – Sponsored by First Bank and Trust.

What is it about Healthnetwork that inspired you to make such a generous donation?

I learned about Healthnetwork through Legatus. I didn’t know where the best doctors were and how I could get the best kind of care. I was interested in the fact that Healthnetwork could identify both the doctors I might need and the care that was available. So I am enthusiastic in making the donation because Legatus Healthnetwork solves the concern I have to provide good quality healthcare for me and my family.

Your philanthropic endeavors are legendary. Of all the requests you receive, how do you determine which to support?

I am big on my faith, so requests that come through my religion get my attention. I’m interested in young people. I’m interested in education. I try to support those areas. Legatus is an organization that relates to my faith in that it’s Catholic CEOs, and I have a high regard for the people that have been involved in this organization — from Tom Monaghan down.

How have you incorporated your faith into your business practices?

I’m sitting in my office and I have a crucifix in front of me, a picture of Jesus Christ on the wall next to my office and a picture of the Blessed Mother on another wall. I’ve brought my faith into my business life very directly. I look up every once in a while and say a little prayer. I shut down my office on holy days of obligation. I put a sign out front that says Religious Holiday. I try to recognize that what I have comes from God. I’m here to move it around a bit to help others and to be proud of what I am and what I believe.

Do you believe you have been spiritually guided in your ability to gain wealth and use it to help others?

No question about it. I get up and I see a miracle a day. I have a good friend who’s been running a project for me, and I had to bring somebody with a different kind of expertise to the table. My friend makes a big salary, and when I bring this other person in, I won’t be able to afford my friend’s same salary. I mentioned to him that we may need to cut back and we could talk about incentives where maybe he can make as much, but we can’t continue to do it on salary.

We were in a meeting and getting ready to leave, but we hadn’t talked yet. He closed the door and said, “Joe, the Governor’s called me and he wants me to be the housing czar for the Pacific/Gulf Coast. It won’t be full time, but I can cut my salary in half here, work part-time, and do that too.’ It was something that needed to happen. I didn’t know how to do it because he’s a good friend. He told me how to do it. As far as I’m concerned, that was a miracle.

To read the complete interview, visit www.healthnetworkfoundation.org.

Ron Hollowell is Healthnetwork’s Director of Marketing.

Healthnetwork is a membership benefit, a healthcare “concierge service” that provides members and their families access to some of the most respected hospitals in the world. For information on how this can work for you, call (866) 968-2467 or (440) 893-0830. E-mail: help@healthnetworkfoundation.org