"Outstanding Community Organization"In 2007, RML was named “Outstanding Community Organization” by the West Suburban Chamber of Commerce for its efforts benefiting local area charities and individuals in need.
About RML: Community Involvement
As a not-for-profit organization, we also embrace the responsibility we have to those in our community. Through both local programs and far-reaching initiatives, RML Specialty Hospitalís unique presence is felt throughout the Chicago area and beyond, even by people who have never heard of our facility. The following narrative summarizes our community benefits activities for the most recent fiscal year.
Partnering for better community health
Beyond our work with our long-term acute patients, RML Specialty Hospitalís primary community benefit is the special relationship we have with our partners, Advocate Health Care and Loyola University Medical Center. Through contributions back to these nationally recognized institutions, we invest in the missions of both systems ó helping to provide care and health resources to thousands of people throughout the Chicago area each year.
Conducting research for medical advancement
RML oversees and participates in numerous clinical research studies on the treatment and care of long-term ventilated patients, as well as those with infectious diseases and medically complex conditions. There were a total of ten active studies underway at RML during the past year. We are the only long-term acute care hospital in the country to be included in a research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In addition, RML employees have contributed to the body of research knowledge concerning patients requiring RMLís specialized care in the areas of infection control, dietetics, pharmacy, speech and rehabilitation therapy.
Educating the caregivers of the future
Each year, we welcome nursing students and students in other health care disciplines to sample, study and continue RMLís brand of quality, compassionate care, so they may be qualified to provide the same level of care for our community.
Offering health education and resources to our community
Our Community Benefits Council, made up of RML employees and physicians, identifies, organizes and promotes volunteer opportunities in the community for its employees. Among our many annual initiatives are services such as health education and preventive care screenings in the community; volunteerism and donations from RML staff; fund raising for community events; support groups and memorial services; blood drives; and staff participation in morale-boosting activities, such as Christmas caroling and holiday ornament distribution for patients around the holidays.
The initiatives that we are most proud of include: