Rush to expand veterans program with Wounded Warrior Project grant

Rush to expand veterans program with Wounded Warrior Project grant

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Rush University Medical Center’s veterans program is set to receive $15 million from the Wounded Warrior Project, securing a spot as the Midwest’s only hospital to receive such a grant.

The grant is part of a $100 million commitment the Jacksonville, Fla.-based Wounded Warrior Project launched to create a national medical care network connecting wounded veterans and their families.

Rush’s Road Home Program will receive the money through a three-year grant. The Wounded Warrior Project also has promised to make $2 contributions for every dollar Rush secures for its veterans program up to $2.5 million a year raised by the hospital.

The Chicago-based medical center has treated 200 veterans and family members for problems related to military service, such as post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injury, since it launched the Road Home Program in 2014, according to a statement from the hospital.

Rush plans to use the grant money to expand the Road Home Program’s center and develop an outpatient evaluation and treatment program.

The grant will allow the hospital to “develop an intensive outpatient program where veterans will come for two to three weeks and get intensive treatment for their health issues or their traumatic brain injuries,” said Dr. Mark Pollack, chairman of the Rush Department of Psychiatry and director of the Road Home Project. “We’re seeing veterans certainly in the Chicagoland and the surrounding states, but we expect that with this grant we’ll be seeing patients really from all over the Midwest and in some cases really all over the country.”

Other programs set to receive funding include Emory’s Veterans Program at Emory University in Atlanta; the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program in Boston; and the Operation Mend Program at UCLA.

The four hospitals involved in this $100 million initiative will become part of the Warrior Care Network and collaborate on issues pertaining to veterans’ treatment, Pollack said.

“(It) allows us to kind of have coverage of the entire country,” he said.



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