About the MHFP

The Margaret Hackett Family Program (MHFP) at the University of Chicago is committed to wholesome care and treatment and enhancing outcomes of patients with congenital central nervous system (CNS) anomalies by:

  • Establishing a network of medical experts who are committed to the care of children and adults with congenital anomalies of the central nervous system;
  • Creating and maintaining a clinical database of knowledge regarding central nervous system anomalies;
  • Supporting innovative research initiatives exploring the circumstances and developmental mechanisms, impact, and better care and treatment of central nervous system congenital anomalies;
  • Building a warm and compassionate resource for the many children and adults who are seeking answers to their questions and who are in need of care.

Through a generous donation from the Margaret Hackett Family Center, the Margaret Hackett Family Program (MHFP) is available to help patients and families with CNS congenital anomalies navigate UChicago Medicine’s resources and establish collaborative communication between patients and their providers. The MHFP aims to provide well-rounded, compassionate patient care, resources in support of community and education for both patients and their families, and steps in advancing the research and recognition of CNS congenital anomalies.

Who is involved with the Margaret Hackett Family Program (MHFP)?

The Margaret Hackett Family Program (MHFP) is a donor-funded program, established and supported by individuals who can appreciate the physical, developmental, and emotional challenges that children and adults may experience with congenital anomalies of the central nervous system. We currently have collaborating sites located in Los Angeles, CA, Boston, MA, and Charlotte, NC. For our staff directory, please click here.

How can the MHFP help patients navigate their care at UChicago Medicine?

We can assist patients and their families to:

  • Identify and understand which provider may be best for their or their child’s condition.
  • Navigate the process of scheduling an appointment with a provider.
  • Identify who may be best to contact for what in each situation.
  • Contact the provider’s team and/or establish a relationship with the provider’s team.
  • Connect their neurosurgical care to the care provided by other physicians at different facilities.
  • Obtain their neurosurgical records in preparation for other appointments, and/or for their own personal records.
  • Obtain medical reports in preparation for appointments within the office of neurosurgery.
  • Establish neurosurgical care with the University of Chicago by initiating the appointment process.
  • Answer any questions or concerns they may have and more…