Rush-Copley Community Care Fund
As a not-for-profit hospital, Rush-Copley Medical Center provides advanced medicine with extraordinary care to each patient who enters our doors, regardless of ability to pay. Now, philanthropy is opening up an additional way for us to help make healthcare more accessible to members of our community, such as those who cannot afford much-needed medical care at home after they have left the hospital. Thanks to an outpouring of donations from Rush-Copley employees, a new fund, the Rush-Copley Community Care Fund, has been established to underwrite prescription medications, bus passes and homecare equipment for this vulnerable population.
In 2013, the Tellabs Foundation endorsed our commitment to our community by swelling the Fund’s capacity through a $50,000 matching grant. Giving patients the medications, walkers or transportation they need not only speeds patients along the road to health, it helps to decrease the chances of readmission to the hospital.
Examples of patients who have been helped in this way include a 40-year-old man laid off from his job whose supply of medicine ran out before a new job started. Without an income or employer-sponsored health insurance, he could not afford his prescriptions, fell ill and was unable to start work until Rush-Copley stepped in with medication assistance. Another example was a 25-year-old student whose temp jobs did not include health insurance and whose parents were also uninsured. A sudden wound infection required antibiotic medications that would simply have been unaffordable to this young woman without our help. Another case involved a homeless legal immigrant who fell off a roof while working a day labor job, incurring severe arm and leg fractures. Unable to put any weight on his leg, but also unable to use a wheelchair or walker because of his arm, he no longer met the homeless shelter’s mobility requirements. Rush-Copley paid for his five-week stay at an assisted living facility, helped get him accepted into a job training program, and paid for his walker, transportation and medications.