An estimated 174,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Rush hosted the fifth annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil — the largest coordinated awareness event for the disease.
The vigil was a gathering of hope, support and compassion for people living with lung cancer. Those who have died from the disease were honored with the lighting of glow sticks.
Such vigils provide a voice for the millions impacted by lung cancer. It empowers attendees by creating a unifying call to action to triple survivorship by the end of the decade.
November is Diabetes Awareness Month, making it a good time to recommit to controlling the disease. Rush is holding a diabetes fair Friday to raise awareness about the disease, and to provide education and resources on ways to better manage it.
The event will be held on the first floor of 1650 W. Harrison St. in Chicago from 10 a.m. to noon. People who come to the event will have an opportunity to partake in several activities:
- Participate in free health screenings
- Meet with a nurse, a dietitian and a pharmacist, who will answer questions about diabetes management, diet and medication
- Learn more about and sign up for a free “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” six-week workshop
- Take a mini-exercise class and jump-start your fitness routine
- Play fun, educational games and be enter to win raffle prizes
There are 25 million Americans living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Call (800) 757-0202 to learn more.
Like many U.S. military veterans, Ken Marion struggled to land a job when he returned from serving his country in Iraq.
He enrolled in college, but between his class schedule, insomnia from anxiety that developed from his military service, and his limited work experience in civilian jobs, finding a job was a challenge. That persisted for years until he was given a chance to work on a state-of-the-art information technology project at Rush University Medical Center.
Recognizing the needs of Chicago-area veterans like Marion, Rush developed a program to train military veterans in health care IT technology to help jump start their careers. Marion is one of the first veterans hired into the program at Rush, which offers a six-month temporary stipend with flexible hours to veterans. The goal is to help improve the quality of life of service members who returned to civilian life with combat-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to Jaime Parent, vice president of IT Operations and associate chief information officer.
“Coming back from Iraq, I didn’t have the type of work experience employers were looking for and I had some disabilities as additional challenges,” Marion said. “This program at Rush is giving me knowledge and work experience in a booming field, and just as valuable are the references that I will gain.”
Rush welcomed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a news conference Friday. He helped announce a $5 million donation from BMO Harris Bank that will help Rush expand a program to train students for new jobs needed to deliver high-quality care to Chicago’s underserved communities on the West and South Sides.
Check out some video from the news conference.
Rush received a $5 million donation from BMO Harris Bank to expand a unique model of care that educates and trains students for new health care jobs needed to deliver high-quality, coordinated health care to Chicago’s underserved and low-income West and South Side communities.
This initiative is the only one in the country that brings together patient care, education, community service and rigorous evaluation designed to reduce costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
“We believe the approach to training and delivery of health care furthered by BMO Harris Bank’s donation is our best bet to combat current barriers to health care access,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush. “We are optimistic that this model is the future for delivering health care for Medicaid and low-income patients.”