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Annual Report 2017

DEAR FRIENDS OF LA RABIDA Dear Friends, At La Rabida, we share a universal, steadfast belief in possibilities—possibilities for the future of every child and family who comes through the doors of La Rabida, possibilities for innovations in healthcare, and possibilities to grow the family-centered and comprehensive model of care that sets La Rabida apart. By providing high-quality healthcare to children with special needs and chronic conditions, regardless of their family’s ability to pay, we raise the bar in healthcare, and in doing so, we raise possibilities for a lifetime for thousands of bright, young futures year after year. We provide care for children of all ages with a holistic focus that allows for us to meet medical, social and behavioral needs at every stage of childhood. La Rabida provides specialized care for the most vulnerable infants through our neonatal intensive care step-down program, Baby Steps…Because every child deserves the possibility of a healthy start in life. We provide rehabilitation for children who have undergone surgery, survived various forms of trauma or who live with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, so that they can gain confidence and independence…Because every child deserves the possibility of strength for a fulfilling life. Our tutoring program supports our patients and their siblings in their schooling, while our team of devoted social workers, case managers and care coordinators tirelessly support and connect the kids’ parents and caregivers to key resources…Because every child deserves the possibility of an ally in health. We teach our teenagers how to manage their conditions like sickle cell disease or diabetes, so they can lead full, enriching lives…Because every child deserves the possibility of health education and self-advocacy. Supporters like you make this fulfilling and important work possible; with your backing, you have helped La Rabida raise possibilities for a lifetime for countless young people and their families.


Brenda J. Wolf President and CEO

Fred Berglund Board Chairman

KATHRYN SOARS For Kathryn, 17; successfully managing her chronic illness has helped her touch the sky. Kathryn has a self-proclaimed, life-long dream of becoming a pilot, “I’ve wanted to fly since I first set foot in a plane at age three.” At age 11, Kathryn was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes; due to FAA regulations, insulin-dependent type 1 diabetics are limited in what type of pilots’ license they can acquire. Pilots also need to demonstrate diligence in managing their diabetes. Kathryn’s resilience, coupled with her drive to put her health first has taken her to new heights. Kathryn applied for a scholarship through the not-for-profit organization, Able Flight; Able Flight helps people with disabilities pursue flight and aviation career training. She received a full scholarship from Able Flight to Purdue University, where she earned her sport flight pilot’s license. Dr. Anita Swamy, Kathryn’s doctor at La Rabida is incredibly proud of Kathryn as a patient and a person. She described Kathryn as, “a role model and symbol of resilience.” She stated that when it comes to her care, Kathryn willingly took on challenges, proactively found resources, and made every effort to manage her diabetes.

PHOENIX SMILES La Rabida specializes in the inpatient transitional care of children with varying diagnoses and conditions who are dependent on technology such as oxygen or feeding tubes. In every case, our goal is to help advance each patient to the least-dependent condition possible, so he or she can go on to lead the fullest life. Phoenix (pictured) was born with a cleft lip and a cleft palate that caused respiratory and feeding complications. He spent several months at another medical center where he received a tracheostomy and a G-tube so he could receive adequate nutrition, and he received corrective surgery on his lip. After surgery, Phoenix boarded the S.S. La Rabida, so his parents could learn from our care team how to use his technology once he returns home. Though Phoenix’ loving mother and father live several hours away, they visited their son daily and quickly became proficient in his trach and G-tube care. Their spirited, comforting visits—which often included dance parties in his cabin—kept Phoenix smiling throughout his stay.

COLIN SAVES LIVES As a child, Colin visited La Rabida for both inpatient and outpatient asthma care. He aspired to be a firefighter, but he knew his respiratory condition could prevent his dream from becoming a reality. Despite the odds, Colin is now a firefighter and paramedic. He credits the care he received at La Rabida as the source of his determination to succeed. On the job, Colin acknowledges that, “other people’s lives depend on me.” That philosophy carries over in all aspects of his life, and he is just as passionate about making a difference in the lives of others. This year, Colin returned to La Rabida to donate boxes of books for our patients. Even though Colin regularly exhibits extensive heroism in his career, he maintains that the children of La Rabida are the real heroes, “The patients of La Rabida are the bravest people I have ever seen.”

DEMARI MAKES A SPLASH Demari, 8, benefits greatly from the relaxing effects of aquatic therapy at La Rabida. Demari has cerebral palsy and recently underwent orthopedic surgery to give him better alignment in his legs. He recently began working with La Rabida’s rehabilitation team, so he can return home with more strength, balance and comfort. Ever since his surgery, he has experienced heightened anxiety and muscle spasms in his legs, both of which are greatly eased by the therapeutic pool. Along with his physical therapist Jenny, Demari has regular sessions in the pool to practice walking in the water, pushing off the walls, kicking and moving with less fear. “It’s easier for him to move more freely in the water, which helps control his spasms,” Jenny said.


Hospital earns national recognition This year, La Rabida Children’s Hospital earned its third recognition from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) for its patient-centered medical home (PCMH) programs. La Rabida’s medical home offers high-quality, primary care services for children with complex conditions, cerebral palsy or those who are technology-dependent. The hospital earned a Level 3 score, which is the highest designation, and will retain the accreditation for three years. La Rabida received the designation for its proven ability to promote higher quality of care while improving patient outcomes. To qualify, La Rabida had to meet the PCMH standards, which align with those of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and other prominent medical provider organizations. More services for children exposed to trauma La Rabida has remained committed to growth in order to meet the urgent needs of the community. This year, La Rabida Children’s Advocacy Center expanded its operations to serve more youth in the south suburbs. La Rabida Children’s Advocacy Center now offers a wider age range for those the center treats, has expanded criteria for referrals and increased caseloads more than 200 percent. The center plays a vital role for children who have been sexually abused or affected by other forms of trauma and violence. At the center, professionals interview young victims to gather credible testimony that authorities can use to prosecute offenders. The center also refers children to other mental health agencies and other resources to help youth cope with traumatic experiences. Starlight grant a recipe for joy This spring, La Rabida hosted a “Day of Joy” to celebrate a $200,000 grant from the Joy in Childhood Foundation and the Starlight Children’s Foundation. La Rabida will be the first recipient of a Starlight Site. The grant will provide funding to build a functional, family kitchen in the Child Life pavilion. The kitchen will be a valuable resource to help kids learn life skills, build confidence, and provide occupational therapy through hands-on interaction and play. Children with nutritional needs and their families can learn about healthy eating habits, proper nutrition and try out healthy recipes to take home. Keith, and his mom, Javaze, are one of the many families looking forward to the Starlight Site family kitchen. Keith, who has cerebral palsy, is looking forward to using a kitchen that will accommodate his wheelchair. The renovations will provide accessibility for Keith and all children at La Rabida. The funding also provides kids at La Rabida with Starlight Brave Gowns, which are high-quality, comfortable and brightly-colored gowns for children to wear while undergoing treatment. Extra love for our kids This year, Hubbard Radio partnered with Caputo’s Fresh Market to host a valentine drive for our patients, and the results were nothing short of astounding. Valentines were made especially for kids at La Rabida by people from all over Chicago. The cards were delivered to La Rabida for Valentine’s Day. Children on the inpatient unit had their rooms decorated while outpatients each took home a bag full of cards. The extra love continued to grow this year when La Rabida’s volunteer program expanded with the brand-new, Extra TLC program. The program, featured on NBC’s “Making a Difference” segment, designates a volunteer to an infant on the inpatient unit who can benefit from bonding with a caregiver. Volunteers spend several hours of one-on-one time each week caring for and nurturing La Rabida’s youngest patients to promote bonding, communication and learning when external circumstances prevent families from visiting as often as they would like.



Chairman – Fred Berglund

D’Andrea Anderson Neal Baker Richard M. Burridge John Clifford Bruce Cohen Brian Devane Adam Fox Brian Gaspardo John Gyann

Vice Chair – Terence Donnelly Vice Chair – Cedric Shaw Secretary – Bob Arthur Treasurer – Mark Renfree President and CEO – Brenda J. Wolf

Patricia Halper Mark Hanna John Harney Patricia Brown Holmes Drew Horowitz Lisa Haley Huff Mark Jacobs Gloria Jacobson Allen Kanter

Allen Kutchins Patty Chidiac Maneri Randy Markowitz Craig Miller Daniel Real Richard Rodgers Emilio Salvi Frederick Thomas Fred Walz

EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP Brenda J. Wolf President and CEO Aden Henry, M.S.N., RN Vice President, Patient Care Services

Mark D. Renfree Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Administration

David Soglin, M.D. Chief Medical Officer Michele A. Wysoglad Vice President, Development and External Affairs

MEDICAL STAFF Chief Medical Officer David Soglin, M.D. Asthma/Allergy/Pulmonology Anna Fishbein, M.D. B. Louise Giles, M.D Ajanta Patel, M.D. Luis Torero, M.D. Ashley England, A.P.N

Hospitalists Rishi Agrawal, M.D., M.P.H. Kerby Samuels, M.D. Parag Shah, M.D. Renwick Taylor, M.D. Jennifer Ziemianin, M.D. Infectious Disease Allison Bartlett, M.D.

Complex Primary Care (PCP) Natasha Bhayani, M.D. Edith Chernoff, M.D. Nancy Fritz, M.D. Izhar Qamar, M.D. Renee Zubay-Fife, A.P.N.

Neurology Carol MacMillan, M.D. Chalongchai Phitsanuwong, M.D.

Diabetes / Endocrinology Priya Khanna, M.D. Jennifer Miller, M.D. Anita Swamy, M.D. Rosemary Briars, ND, PNP-BC, CDE Cathy Geraci, A.P.N Amanda Plac, A.P.N

Ophthalmology Sarah Hilkert, M.D.

NICU Bree Andrews, M.D.

Orthopedics Christopher Sullivan, M.D. Pathology Archana Bargaje, M.D. Enrique Beckman, M.D.

Physiatry Laura Deon, M.D. Lisa Thornton, M.D. Podiatry Mark Pietz, D.P.M Charles Reilly, D.P.M. Psychiatry Andrea Mann, M.D. Susan Scherer, M.D. Rheumatology Linda Wagner-Weiner, M.D. Sickle Cell Disease Wendy Darlington, M.D. Radhika Peddinti, M.D. Tanisha Jones, A.P.N

DONORS Estates Florence J. Mikowski Trust Estate of Carole B. Miller Estate of Dominic G. Origitano $100,000+ Starlight Foundation Julius N. Frankel Foundation $50,000-$99,999 ANONYMOUS Alvin H. Baum Family Fund The Brinson Foundation Richard & Ann Carr Chicago Tribune Charities, a McCormick Foundation Fund Crown Family Philanthropies Magellan Corporation Morgan Stanley Foundation $25,000-$49,999 Anonymous Ariel Investments, LLC The Barker Welfare Foundation Fred & Kathy Berglund ComEd / Exelon Flowers Communications Group Lloyd A. Fry Foundation Peggy & William Gann Peter G. Horton Charitable Foundation Dr. Paula K. Jaudes Randy & Hadrian Markowitz Polk Bros. Foundation Daniel & Susan Real Michael Reese Health Trust John Q & Karen Smith Washington Square Health Foundation, Inc. Brenda J. Wolf & Fred Siegman $10,000-$24,999 Anonymous Fred & Jean Allegretti Foundation Howard & Frankie Alper Bob Arthur & Susan Anderson BMO Harris Bank

Helen Brach Foundation Richard M. Burridge, Sr. Chicago Bulls Community Assist Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund Chicago Equity Partners Chicago Sky Chicago White Sox Community Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund Bruce R. Cohen & John Pijanowski CVS Health Deerfield High School George M. Eisenberg Foundation for Charities Brian & Paula Gaspardo W. W. Grainger, Inc. The Grainger Foundation Maria C. Green & Oswald G. Lewis Patricia Brown Holmes & Michael Holmes Drew & Anne Horowitz Illinois Tool Works Inc. INTREN, Inc. Michael & Rosalind Keiser Allen & Genie Kutchins Steve & Julie McGue Mesirow Financial Services Mary Alice & Craig Miller Morton’s The Steakhouse The Northern Trust O’Neill & Gaspardo, LLC Edmond and Alice Opler Foundation The Albert Pick, Jr. Fund PNC Bank Mark & Kathy Renfree Cedric & Pepper Shaw Special Kids Foundation Spirit of Children Frederick & Elizabeth Thomas Fred & Marilyn Walz $5,000-$9,999 Anonymous Anonymous Alper Services LLC Sharon Barner Barr Management, LTD. Berglund Construction Blum-Kovler Foundation Charles & Mary Anne Bobrinskoy Martin and Mary L. Boyer Foundation

Anna & David Carvalho Cedar Hill Associates, Inc. Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Office Technology Group CHUBB & Son, a Division of Federal Insurance Company John & Maureen Clifford David & Lynn Coughenour Terence & Joan Donnelly Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund Administration James A. Gammon Charitable Foundation, Inc. Geico Philanthropic Foundation Dr. John & Kathleen Grady Robert & Kelly Guglielmi John & Francine Gyann Mark & Elizabeth Hanna Happ’s Inc. John P. Harney Illinois Broadcasters Association Earle M. Jorgensen Co. Allen E. Kanter Sheila & John Kelly Ryan & Kelly Lawrence Marquette Associates, Inc. Virginia Morris Charles J. & Margaret D. Nash Trust Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company The Negaunee Foundation New Prospect Foundation Kristie P. Paskvan The Private Bank RSM US LLP Philip & Lysa Saran Dr. Scholl Foundation Sheila Talton Township High School District Travelers Insurance The University of Chicago Medical Center Sandra J. & Bruce Wall A. Montgomery Ward Foundation $1,000-$4,999 Alliant Insurance Services Anonymous ADP Global Enterprise Solutions

Alter Group Michael J. Alter American Auto Guardian, Inc. Andrean High School John T. Anthony Aon Hewitt Archibald & Meek Inc. Assurance Agency Neal & Beth Baker Bartkowski Life Safety Corp. Thomas & Amelia Bayer Alvin Bell, Jr. Block Electric Company Victor Bridgeman Bryce Downey & Lenkov LLC Lisa & David Burik James Capodice CBS Radio Chicago Centier Bank Central Steel & Wire Company Chevron Humankind Matching Gift Program Chicago Area Civil Rights Council Chicago Fire Soccer Club Chicago Mass Choir Chico & Nunes, P.C. Elbert & Dr. Christie Choi Daniel & Susan Clifford Jim & Sue Colletti Conway & Mrowiec Corsetti Structural Steel, Inc. Jeffrey & Leslie Cox Brian & Alison Dacy Mary Lou Downs Foundation Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP Delona E. DuBois Marcella Edwards Edwards Engineering, Inc. David & Lisette Eisendrath Foundation Eldred-Harland Charitable Fund Equilibrium IT Solutions, Inc. Therese Fauerbach Joshua A. Fisher Food 4 Less Fund Adam & Brooke Fox Frontrunner Systems, Inc. Steve & Theresa Fuhrman Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. Denise B. Gardner

GCG Financial, Inc. GEMS World Academy Matthew J. Gibbons Norman & Cynthia Goldring Gregory & Andrea Gyann Patricia & Matthew Halper Kim A. Happ Dr. Lewis A. Hare & Ruth Lerman Hare Charitable Foundation James & Paula Hellige Aden A. Henry The Daniel & Janet Hidding Foundation Michael Hillstrom Hogan Marren Babbo & Rose, Ltd. Horizon Financial Management Vickie M. Horn Hubbard Radio, LLC Joel & Jill Hurwitz IBM Employee Services Center Gloria & Gary Jacobson Robert L. James, Jr. David R. Johnson George & Joan Johnson Kenneth Johnson Ronald & Gail Kahn Korli & Lynn Kamara Scott Kane & Emily Barr Gregory & Seetal Kanter Karr Barth Administrators, Inc. Patrick & Ann Kitchen Joseph & Helen Komarek Foundation Robert H. Kramer LA-CO Industries, Inc. Lakeside Wealth Management Latkin Family Foundation Rob & Meredith Laughlin Life Tech Cynthia J. Littlefield Local Broadcast Sales LLC Patricia & Ryan Maneri Mass Mutual Financial Group Max Goldenberg Foundation John D. & Catherine T. McArthur Foundation McCarthy Duffy LLP Mechanical, Inc. Joseph & Vicki Morris Nasco Daniel & Sandra Nash

North America Stevedoring Company, LLC Kweku & Shannon Obed Terrence O’Rourke John V. Painter Trust Pushpendu & Nandini Pal Frank Paolillo Anna & Ryan Parks Patelco Credit Union Pattabill Peddinti Gloria & William Peoples Bruce & Deborah Pfaff Michael & Nancy Powers Tal Pritzker Terrence & Amy Real Robert Morris University Illinois Robinson Hill Group, Inc. Juergen H. Roennau Ronald C. Roselli Rosenson Foundation Round Ground Metals, Inc. Safe Environmental Corporation Kathryn Schaeffer & Gary Roll Allen & Esther Schechter Ute & Richard Schlake Donald Schoen Alan Schriesheim Scott & Jenny Schroepfer Barry & Nancy Schultz Stephen & Terry Schwartz William & Sharol Schwass Robert Scott, Sr. Shive-Hattery, Inc Russell & Kerry Smith Drs. David & Lori Soglin William Spizman Nick Starai Steve A. Stender Walter & Caroline Sueske Charitable Trust T & K Masonry, Inc. Carolyn R. Taylor Frank & Mary Trager Turek & Sons, LLC United HealthCare Services, Inc. US Bank David & Gay Vajda Joycelynn Watkins-Asiyanbi Weinberg Family Foundation Samuel Weinstein Family Foundation Keith & Karen Weiss

DONORS Larry Wert James R. Wesner Drs. Cheryl & Eric Whitaker Carol Wiiken Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP Hugh K. Williams Joni S. Williams Joyce E. Williams Louise Wood James & Gertrude Wooten The Zenith Insurance Company $500-$999 Alro Steel Foundation Ursula A. Anderson Jerry Antos Arizona Broadcasters Association The Alben F. Bates & Clara G. Bates Foundation Donna Bennett Charles Bernier Binstein Family Helping Hand Foundation Glenn Binstein Gregory & Amy Bloedorn Hans & Christa Boden Rhoda P. Bogardus Vincent Botti Clarence & Sharon Bourne Adam Boyle Michael & Karen Buoscio Marion A. Cameron Kim Cardosi CareerBuilder Kimberly Carmen Karen B. Case Lawrence Clark Kim D. Collins ConAgra Foods Brian & Barbara Cronin Dr. John & Marie Cunningham Donald Dalgleish Lisa Davidson Dennis Dean Brian & Julie Devane David & Susan Diamond

Paul & Roberta Diamond Daniel Dreger Richard & Michelle Drehobl Dana M. Dressler Anne Drougas Eli Lilly and Company Morrie & Cynthia Elstien Edward & Mary Faron Fletcher, O’Brien, Kasper & Nottage, PC Andrew & Jennifer Friedman Dr. Nancy Fritz David Gaito William & Eileen Geary Kevin S. Geshwender Michael & Cheryl Gill John Goodman Barbara L. Gordon Robert & Janice Hamilton Kelsey L. Hanna Leslie & Dolores Hardison Marguerite & William Hark Colleen Harper & Brian Boyer Edward C. Haupt Havana Day Dreaming-Chicago, Inc. Anthony & Casey Head Alicia H. Hill Richard & Joyce Hirsch Robert & Sheila Hohmann Holleb Consulting, Inc Ken & Molly House Robert Howard Doressia L. Hutton IMEG Paul S. Ioriatti Iron Order Motorcycle Club Capone Crew Mark E. Jacobs Jeff & Donna Jacobson Jameson’s Charhouse David R. Johnson Jones Lang LaSalle Americas Atul Khosla Kids Initiative for Curing Kids (K.I.C.K Club) John S. Kijowski Jason C. Kim Leonard Knadle Anthony Kramer Jeffrey & Betsy Kushen Carolyn & Jesse Lee

Douglas Levy John & Joen Loeb Patrick C. Lynch Ligia Mendez & John Goodwillie Midway Dodge Missouri Broadcasters Association Clinton Miyazono Patrick & Noreen Morris Kristine Olvaney Mary & Benjamin Page Patzik, Frank & Samotny Partners LTD. PEPSICO Foundation Employee Giving Program Judith Picman Paul & Cynthia Piechowski PJH & Associates, Inc. Steven Porter Walter & Juliette Pryor Quadrangle Development Co. Vince Rainforth Bradley Reid Rebecca Reid Matthew Renfree Alana D. Robinson Andrew M. Roscoe Morton & Leora Rosen Daniel C. Rudolph John & Denise Rudolph Margaret Russell Alan & Suzanne Schachtman Scott Schroeder Paul & Edith Sobel South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police Pamela & J.W. Mike Starr Gwendolyn Steele James & Joanne Steinback David A. Stender Lee & Sue Stufflebeam Cosmore & Bettie Sylvester William J. Tarnow Shawn Teasley Jack & Susan Tribbia John Vratsinas Eddie Ward, Jr. Josette Weber Chris Kanich & Dr. Joyce Woo Beverly T. Yoder +

+ = deceased


*Auditor’s report for fiscal years ended June 30, 2017 and 2016 is available upon request.

FY 16

FY 17 Unrestricted Revenues and Other Support

$ 55,499,953

$ 52,945,145




Operating Profit / (Loss)


Other Income


790,991 2,785,981

Revenue in Excess of Expenses

$ 10,502,74 0


Current Assets

$ 14,990,799

$ 12,237,093







Total Assets

$ 199,928,519

$ 185,296,213

Current Liabilities



Foundation Investments and Long-term Assets Net Property and Equipment

Long-term Liabilities Net Assets Total Liabilities and Net Assets



3, 576,972



11, 1 2 7,670



$ 199,928,519

$ 185,296,213

La Rabida is a special place, not only because of what we do, but also because of who we are. For our patients and families, our caring and compassionate volunteers are an integral part of the La Rabida experience. From our after-school tutors to our nursing volunteers, there is no shortage of generous spirits who make a difference in the lives of our kids.

From July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, 196 volunteers gave 9,457 hours of service to La Rabida. Our volunteers’ generous gifts of time, cheer and goodwill help smooth the way for our patients and their families each and every day. Without our dedicated volunteers, we could not fulfill our mission. For that, we are forever grateful. (773) 363-6700 6501 South Promontory, Chicago, Illinois 60649

2017 annual report  

2017 was a year of possibilities at La Rabida Children’s Hospital—possibilities for the well-being and growth of every child and family, pos...

2017 annual report  

2017 was a year of possibilities at La Rabida Children’s Hospital—possibilities for the well-being and growth of every child and family, pos...