Fund Best Collaboration Practices to Grow Best Rehab Practices

“You have given money to an institution that gives life back to people who have had their whole life taken away… It’s much more satisfying to work with them than with politicians too.” – Senator Mark Kirk.

Senator Mark Kirk following his Keynote Address at yesterday's RIC groundbreaking, with me, Winnetka's Bonnie Balkin and Chicago's Julie Allen.

Senator Mark Kirk following his Keynote Address at yesterday’s RIC groundbreaking, with me, Winnetka’s Bonnie Balkin and Chicago’s Julie Allen.

The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago has long been considered the best of its kind in the country. With yesterday’s groundbreaking and capital campaign launch for a new facility where researchers will work alongside patient care delivery, to be called the Ability Institute, RIC is poised to become a national leader for all research hospitals. The ability to collaborate and innovate often leads to solutions for the most difficult issues that humanity faces. Senator Kirk’s remarkable recovery because of the care he received at RIC’s initial AbilityLab–the concept from which the new hospital has been developed–is a good example of this. Bionic limbs like the one below is another.

Rosetta Robertson, 73. Photo courtesy of the Sun-Times

A place where the researchers work alongside the people who need their help is a simple enough idea, but one that is all too rare, especially in health care.  The Ability Institute bridges this gap, ensuring that funds will go to a real, measurable solution.  Therefore, a philanthropic investment in this new hospital should be effective venture philanthropy indeed.  

The Ability Institute of RIC

$1.3 Million Raised and Waves of Lives Made Better

Meryl Lipton is brilliant, and I am most proud to be her friend.

My husband John, Meryl Lipton, and I

The annual Rush Neurobehavioral Center gala last night raised $1.3 million. Not bad for a Tuesday night, right?

More importantly though, Meryl received the Creating The Future Award, for having the vision and determination to bring the Center to life. She understood the power of bringing together the disparate specialists who work with children with learning style issues to collaborate on patients and champion research that will help sohools and society understand and nurture the many strengths of these special children.

More than thirteen thousand families have been served by RNBC, hundreds of schools in Chicago have improved services because of the Center’s work, hundreds of thousands of children across the country will benefit from the tests and workbooks the Center has developed.

Experts from California, Georgia, Connecticut and elsewhere proclaim Meryl’s vision and clamour to work with Meryl.

Meryl is a Make It Better visionary, and I am so proud to be her friend!