In 2019, The Woman's Board has pledged $500,000 towards raising funds to support the Rush Community Service Initiative Program, known as RCSIP. RCSIP was established in 1991 to create a network of community service programs that matched Rush Medical College students' interests in social and healthcare needs of Chicago. RCSIP projects are student-driven, changing and evolving over time as new community partners are identified.
During the week of August 6th, 2018, La-Z-Boy delivered 14 custom recliners to IMD Guest House, which were placed in rooms dedicated to veterans participating in the Road Home Program at Rush. - Purchase of the chairs was generously funded by the Rush Woman's Board, for the grant year starting July 1, 2018. - The electronically powered chairs recline to a zero-gravity position, which is especially beneficial to veterans like Cheryl, pictured here with her service dog, Ari, who recently underwent spinal surgery.
The Woman's Board has enjoyed supporting Rush's NICU Department over the years. Woman's Board members Susie Healy, Stephanie Poole Byrd and Stevie Boggess attended this year's annual Preemie Picnic on Sunday, September 23rd. What a crowd – 200 to 300, Rush babies of all ages and their families, the Rush Cafeteria was jumping. There was a huge volunteer force. Clearly, Rush staff delight in catching up with their former patients. The “Minion” is none other than Dr. Jean Silvestri, pictured here with Debbie Gist, (NICU nurse about to retire after 34 years at Rush).