In 2017, Rush made a small change that speaks volumes: We updated the wording of our mission.
We used to say that we aimed to
Provide the best health care for the individuals and diverse communities we serve through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.
Now, our mission is to
Improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities we serve through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships.
Of course we still provide exceptional care, but we want to make it clear that everything we do is aimed at improving the overall health of the communities we serve.
Improving health means helping to build opportunities for people to be healthy, so Rush is working to address pervasive issues — poverty, lack of access to quality education, systemic racism and unemployment — that give rise to many illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, cardiovascular disease and depression. You can read more about our systemwide efforts here, and read reports on our progress here.
At Rush Oak Park Hospital, our work to create a healthy community encompasses a community wellness program, free screenings and education about chronic conditions, donating to community nonprofits, giving people access to healthy food and much more. Here are some of the ways we make a difference in our community.
If your organization is interested in learning about or scheduling one of these services for your next meeting or event, please contact Nathaniel Powell, community health and benefit project coordinator, at (708) 660-2005 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.