Rush Honors CommunityHealth with Partnership Award


Jun 17


Left to Right: Darlene Hightower, Associate Vice President, Community Engagement and Practice; Emily Hendel, Director of Clinical Services, CommunityHealth; Christopher Nolan, Manager, Community Benefit and Population Health; Julia Bassett, Community Benefit Specialist, Office of Community Engagement

On Saturday, June 10th, Rush University Medical Center presented CommunityHealth with an award for Excellence in Healthcare Partnership. The honor is in recognition of our collaborative referral program which helps to identify uninsured patients who have recently visited Rush’s hospital and connect these patients to care at CommunityHealth.

Since the program began in December 2015, CommunityHealth has provided care for over 120 patients referred from Rush. Through this relationship, we know that those who are traditionally underserved are receiving better care. By establishing a medical home for uninsured patients, we can provide life-saving access to preventive care and chronic disease management. We offer free medications, dental and specialty care, social services, and nutrition-based cooking classes — all of which can contribute to better health outcomes.

We are deeply honored to receive this award from Rush, and it is our goal to further expand the scope of our impact by establishing similar relationships with other Chicago-area hospitals.