Medical Services

The Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund

Dizzy Gillespie was a patient at Englewood Hospital many times before his passing in early 1993 from pancreatic cancer. Dizzy expressed two wishes to his family in his last days — to support the greatest passion in his life, jazz and jazz musicians, and to have a memorial in his name at “his” hospital, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.



The Memorial Fund helps underwrite the costs of hospitalization, diagnostic tests, and a full range of surgical and medical care for jazz musicians who are uninsured and without the ability to pay. In partnership with the New York City-based Jazz Foundation of America, Englewood Hospital and a network of more than 50 dedicated physicians in a variety of specialties, provide free care to the musicians at the Medical Center. Since its formation, the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund has provided over $5 million in medical services – from routine care to surgery – to jazz musicians who lack health insurance and the means to pay. The Fund is 100% donor supported.

You can help support the work of the Dizzy Gillespie Memorial Fund through a donation. To make a donation online, please click here.

For more information, please call Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Foundation at 201-894-3725.

Thank you for your support!