Thanks to a recent collaboration among Rush Oak Park Hospital, the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation, Seven Generations Ahead, West Cook Wild Ones and Ground Pros Landscaping, Inc., the beginnings of a native healing garden can now be found on the grounds of Rush Oak Park Hospital
The garden took root on Sept. 11 when community volunteers, West Cook Wild Ones and Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Green Team gathered to plant native shrubs, grasses and flowering plants just south of the hospital’s parking garage.
With this garden, Rush Oak Park Hospital becomes part of the West Cook Wild Ones wildlife corridor, which currently stretches from Columbus Park in Chicago’s Austin neighborhood to Thatcher Woods in River Forest.
By planting native plants that are welcoming to helpful species of insects, butterflies and birds, Rush Oak Park Hospital and other local organizations are helping to promote biodiversity in our community. Biodiversity helps our ecosystem provide key ingredients for healthy living, including the following:
- Clean air and water
- Pest and disease control
This project would not have been possible without funding provided by the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation through its Communityworks Endowment Fund to PlanInGreen (administered by Seven Generations Ahead). Rush Oak Park Hospital is grateful for the foundation's support as well as the support of West Cook Wild Ones and Ground Pros Landscaping. This effort not only benefits the community at large but the community here at the hospital. The garden will offer a place of tranquility and natural beauty for patients and employees.
We hope you join us in watching our garden grow.
Committed to Community Collaborations
This is just one example of ROPH collaborating with the community to make a difference. Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH) has a long-standing history of collaborating with and supporting local organizations to provide community benefits. In fact, Rush Oak Park Hospital has a program, Healthy Motivations, which is dedicated to promoting good health in the community.
How ROPH Collaborates
Here are some of the ways Rush Oak Park Hospital works with local organizations to benefit the community:
- Collaborating with local organizations to provide health education and screenings.
- Participating in local health fairs and community events to promote healthy living.
- Preparing students from local colleges for careers in health care.
- Training and hiring local special education high school students to help maximize their independence and successful functioning in the mainstream of community life.
- Serving on boards or committees dedicated to assisting the community.
Below are some of the groups we’ve been proud to work with to build healthier, stronger communities:
- Berwyn Health Department
- Catholic Charities
- Cindy Lyons Health Fair/Forest Park Community Center
- Concordia University Chicago
- Dominican University
- Infant Welfare Society
- Oak Park Food Pantry
- Oak Park-River Forest High School
- Park District of Oak Park
- St. Eulalia’s Food Pantry (Maywood, IL)
- West Cook Wild Ones
- West Cook YMCA
- West Suburban PADS (Maywood, IL)
- Wild About Wellness
- Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest
- Senior Citizen's Center of Oak Park and River Forest
- Seven Generations Ahead
- Village of Oak Park Department of Public Health