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IMD&U August 2015


IMDC Welcomes New Commissioners

The IMDC is pleased to welcome three new Commissioners. Mr. George Bilicic (Lazard) was appointed by Governor Rauner, Ms. Alejandra “Alex” Garza (AGG Consulting) and Mr. Everett Rand (Midway Wholesalers, Inc.) were appointed by Mayor Emanuel. For all the latest news be sure to visit our website.

CAPriCORN Receives $8 Million for Phase II Funding

CAPriCORNThe Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) has been approved for a three-year $8 million funding award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) as part of the second phase of the development of PCORnet, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network. 

This funding award continues PCORI’s support for CAPriCORN’s participation in PCORnet, a large, collaborative research initiative designed to link researchers, patient communities, clinicians, and health systems in productive research partnerships that leverage the power of large volumes of health data maintained by the partner networks. PCORnet will enable the nation to conduct clinical research more quickly and less expensively than is now possible and will ensure that research focuses on the questions and outcomes that matter most to patients and those who care for them. Read more.

The Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS): A Year in Review

NEW CCHHS LOGOThe Cook County Health & Hospitals System is in the midst of a transformative journey: continuing on with its historical mission of providing care to those most in need while adapting to an expanded role as a steward of population health and a Medicaid managed care health plan.

The system has achieved significant success in numerous arenas during the last 12 months thanks to the dedication and hard work of countless CCHHS clinicians, employees and partners and the aligned support of the CCHHS Board of Directors, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County commissioners, and legislators. This June CCHHS also recognized the one year anniversary of Dr. Jay Shannon’s tenure as CEO. The report provides a summary of achievements CCHHS attained between June 2014 and June 2015.

White Sox Slugger Jose Abreu Launces “Abreu’s Amigos” at Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago 


Chicago White Sox hitter Jose Abreu launched "Abreu's Amigos" - a community program with the Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago (ESMC) Therapeutic School and Center for Autism Research. Passionate about supporting children with special needs, Abreu built the program with ESMC to focus on providing regular opportunities for students with special needs to develop social skills in a recreational setting through field trips to the ballpark. Learn more

Come Taste LYFE


Every Tuesday in the IMD, starting July 28, Lyfe Kitchen will serve up a delicious lunch in partnership with the young adults from Growing Solutions Farm. Lunch is offered from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. across from 2201 W. Campbell Park Drive.  See the Growing Solutions Farm, meet your colleagues and enjoy all LYFE has to offer.

Give Backpacks to Kids in Need


Each fall the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center provides 300 clients and their siblings with backpacks stuffed with all the supplies they need for a successful school year. Please consider supporting their efforts through a donation or volunteering.


Give Backpacks to Kids in Need


Do you really have to wait a half hour after eating before going for a swim? Are suntans safe? Does grilled meat cause cancer?  Get answers to these questions and many more from Rush University Medical Center.




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Celebrate VA Research with the Westside Institute for Science and Education (WISE)

Network with colleagues from the Jesse Brown VA,  IMD and CAPriCORN on September 24 at the IMDC. For more information contact Kevin Hull at

iBIO iCON Awards Dinner

Join the iBIO Institute as they present the iCON Awards in honor of the accomplishments of outstanding innovators and leaders in the life sciences community. September 29.

Guys Night out for the Kids

Support the Children’s Advocacy Center of Chicago by attending this annual event on October 1 at Kaiser Tiger.

The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards

18th Annual The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards Friday, November 18, 2015. Hosted by UIC College of Nursing.


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IMD&U July 2015


A very heartfelt thank you to all of those soldiers who serve, or have served, the United States. July 4th is a perfect time to thank a veteran, or active duty officer for their service and preservation of our freedom. On behalf of the IMDC, thank you!


Fun Facts About the 4th of July

  • There were 56 signers to the Declaration of Independence; John Hancock was the first to sign; Benjamin Franklin (age 70) was the oldest to sign.
  • In July 1776, 2.5 million people lived in the U.S. Today, there are approximately 318.4 million people. 
  • Congress made July 4th a federal holiday in 1870.

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IL Health Insurance & Your Rights


The Illinois Department of Insurance is reminding consumers, health care providers and patient advocates about consumers’ rights for an independent external review when their health insurance carrier denies a claim or request based upon medical necessity (including health care setting, level of care or effectiveness), experimental/investigational, a pre-existing condition, or rescission of the policy. 

For more information regarding independent external reviews in Illinois, contact the Office of Consumer Health Insurance at (877) 850-4740 or visit the Department’s website.

Responding to Abuse 

CCAC-logoKnow the signs and speak up to protect children. The Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center is hosting “Responding to Abuse” on Thursday, July 7, 1-4 p.m. at 1240 S. Damen. This training is ideal for caregivers, community members, social workers, psychologists and mental health professionals. CE hours are available for licensed social workers and counselors. Register here.

Chicago Lighthouse Preschool and Day Care 


 The IMD Chicago Lighthouse offers an innovative “Preschool for All Program,” and is currently recruiting students who are sighted as well as visually impaired for the coming school year, which begins on September 8th.  In its third year, the free Preschool, which was launched with the help of a grant from the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), provides a blended learning environment for children, ages 3-5, who reside in Chicago.  Learn more about this program and all the Lighthouse has to offer.  You may also contact Terry Longo at (312) 666-1331 ext. 3660 or email

Red Cross Encourages Adding Blood Donation to Vacation To-Do Lists


Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood. You can help. Please visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).





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Support Cancer Research at Lake Michigan Swim

Join swimmers of all ages and skill levels on July 25 for the SAA – Chicago Open Water Swim to support cancer research and leading-edge patient care at Rush University Medical Center. Learn more.

IMD Guest House Golf Outing

Support the IMD Guest House and enjoy a game of golf at Cog Hill August 6. Register here.

The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards

18th Annual The Power of Nursing Leadership Awards Friday, November 18, 2015. Hosted by UIC College of Nursing.



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IMD&U June 2015

CAPriCORN to Play Key Role in $14M Aspirin Study


Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) will play a key role in a $14 million research study announced by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to determine the best daily dose of aspirin to use in preventing heart attacks and strokes among people living with heart disease. CAPriCORN is one of six health system-based data networks that will conduct the three-year clinical trial funded by PCORI.

The study is called ADAPTABLE (Aspirin Dosing: A Patient-centric Trial Assessing Benefits and Long-term Effectiveness) and will compare the benefits and harms associated with different doses of aspirin taken daily. Most of the 15.4 million Americans with heart disease take either a regular strength aspirin (325 mg) or a low-dose aspirin (81 mg) each day as recommended by their clinicians. Read more.

2015 Liver Symposium: Free Educational Lectures & Physician Roundtable

liver-symposiumJoin the American Liver Foundation and Illinois Medical District Commission for the 2015 Liver Symposium May 28 from 6-9 p.m. at the IMDC. The event is free but pre-registration is required. Learn more.


Are You the One?

screening-busOne in three American adults is at risk for kidney disease. Find out if you are the one.  Free kidney and diabetes screening at Stroger (1901 W. Harrison) from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. For more information: 312-321-1500 or

Rush Offers Mini-Medical School to Inspire Fourth - through Sixth - Graders 

stem-diagramCarol Giles, a biology teacher at Bogan Computer Technical High School in Chicago, has seen many students come out of junior high and enter her classroom and then move on after graduation to college and job training without any mentoring to pursue health sciences.

Her concerns led her to contact Rush Medical College, which responded by creating the Mini-Medical School program for fourth - through sixth-graders from areas bordering Rush on Chicago’s West Side. These students learn about the body’s systems over six Saturday’s in June and July in classes taught by Rush students.

divvy-logoDivvy Bikes Scheduled for Installation in the IMD 

Divvy Bikes will continue to expand this summer with stations in the IMD. 
See the map for more information.

uic-cn-logoUIC College of Nursing – Open Positions

Find your dream job at the UIC College of Nursing. Learn more.




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JMTF – Urban Autism Solutions

Join the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation on June 20 for lunch at the IMD farm. Click for tickets and more information.

IMD Guest House Golf Outing

Support the IMD Guest House and enjoy a game of golf, August 6, at Cog Hill. Register here.



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IMD&U April 2015

IMD Career Connections


The IMDC, UIC and Rush University Medical Center hosted the first IMD Career Connections event on Friday, March 13. More than 50 doctoral students and post-docs from UIC and Rush attended panel sessions that included experts in fields related to scientific writing, investment/venture capital, consulting, and start-up company formation. The panel presentations concluded with a networking lunch. Special thanks to our sponsors: Baird Capital, Rush University Graduate College and the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research.

Cook County Health & Hospitals System

Cook County Health & Hospitals System’s John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital recently achieved the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Stage 6 status. CCHHS-LogoAt this time, only 46 hospitals in Illinois have achieved Stage 6. The achievement of HIMSS Stage 6 and successfully attesting for Meaningful Use Stage 2 demonstrates the overwhelming success of UI Health as a national leader in transforming health care delivery by adopting health information technology to improve patient safety, patient quality and clinical outcomes.  In HIMSS’ words, “reaching Stage 6 is a result of focus, good direction and a steadfast commitment from leadership. Stage 6 institutions have established clear goals for improving safety, minimizing errors, and prioritizing IT implementations.”

UI Cancer Center

HeadShave1-smThe University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System (UI Health) Children’s Hospital hosted a St. Baldrick’s event on February 19th.  This UI Health fundraiser helped raise more than $20,000 to fight pediatric cancer. Forty people showed up to “Brave the Shave”, and included the parents of the Children’s Hospital patients, as well as physicians and staff from UI health. The shaving was done by Children’s Hospital patients who beat cancer as well as hairdressers from Paul Mitchell School. Watch the video here.



What exactly is a Vertiport?  Vertiport is the name designated by the FAA for a facility that is built around the unique capabilities of the tiltrotor which is a hybrid aircraft that takes off and lands like a helicopter and is capable of flying like an airplane. The IMD is now home to Chicago’s only downtown Vertiport/Heliport.  Located on 10 acres of land in the IMD, Vertiport Chicago was funded through private developers and will manage all emergency medical flights as well as private and charter operations. Vertiport Chicago features 30,000 SF of hangar space, 4.5 acres of ramp and landing area as well as private office space. Interested in learning more? Call 877-902-9292.

Westside Institute for Science and Education 

The Westside Institute for Science and Education (WISE) is a 501(c)(3) research corporation dedicated to advancing the health and wellness of the Veterans served by the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center through the administration of extramurally-funded research protocols and educational programming.  WISE has been named a recipient of a Veterans Technical Assistance Grant from the McCormick Foundation and is also collaborating with the McCormick Foundation and DePaul University on an outreach program to train faith-based institutions on military culture and the particular challenges facing our transitioning military, especially female veterans and children.  Learn more and schedule at tour (WISE is located inside Jesse Brown VAMC at 820 South Damen Ave.) by contacting Kevin Hull, Executive Director, at or 312-569-7765.


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