ROPH cited for community outreach

Group photo from the Surplus Project

Oak Park, IL (June 18, 2015)

Rush Oak Park Hospital recently landed in the news again for its continued commitment to improving the health of the community it serves.

A recent article published in Wednesday Journal (, a community newspaper that covers Oak Park and River Forest, highlighted the hospital’s efforts in providing food for those in need.   

Through the Surplus Project, the hospital recently aided in developing a sustainable model for redistributing surplus food to the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry. Since the project’s inception in mid-March 2015, certified employees from Rush Oak Park Hospital have repackaged more than 100 meals per week.

“This has been a collaborative effort by hospital staff and community organizers to bring this campaign to life,” said Jennifer Grenier, unit director of the Telemetry Department at ROPH and a member of the Surplus Project team. “We’re pleased the model is helping eliminate food insecurity in the community.”

In addition to providing food for clients at the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, ROPH nurses and nursing assistants perform simple health screenings and distribute health care information.

“Rush Oak Park Hospital is always finding new and innovative ways to best serve the community. We’re honored to be one of the first participants of redistributing surplus food to Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry and providing additional health care needs to its clients,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO at ROPH. “We’re committed to providing exceptional and compassionate health care in the community we serve.”