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Call for Clothing Donations

Do you have gently worn children’s clothing you no longer need? We are currently seeking donations of new or gently used clothes for boys and girls. Our patients also need new socks and underwear.

Every day, we dress our patients in comfortable street clothes so they can feel more at home during their hospital stay. This is made possible, in part, through our clothing program, which is coordinated by volunteers and reliant upon donations. Clothing donations ensure every inpatient of ours is able to wear clothes that maximize his or her comfort around the clock. This is all part of the La Rabida effort to empower patients to focus on one thing: just being kids.

To make a donation, please call Adam Spencer at (773) 256-5985 or click here.

Make A Difference. Become A Tutor!

Would you like to help improve the educational experience for our outpatients and their siblings? Can you commit to helping one child for 75 minutes each week from October through May?

Our award-winning tutoring program focuses on helping children from ages 6 to 14 with their schoolwork, primarily to advance reading and math skills. Volunteers may choose among four session times: 4:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. or 6 to 7:15 p.m. on either Tuesday or Thursday evenings. Sessions are held at the hospital.

This is an opportunity for you to work one-on-one with a child and give the gift of learning. For more details, please contact Adam Spencer, Volunteer Manager, at 773.256.5985 or

See Our Superheroes in Action

Our kids are superheroes—and this summer, they had the chance to really show it. Thanks to the generosity of a wonderful group of vendors, we hosted a superhero-theme dance in our outpatient center in August. Ben Mahoney Productions created this video to capture the magical times had by all. Click here to watch it in full.

Let’s Make Twice the Difference

If your place of employment offers to match donations that you make to charity, we ask you to kindly keep La Rabida in mind as we approach the season of giving.

To make a donation today, click here.

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La Rabida Featured in Crain’s

Our neonatal intensive care unit step-down program helps our patients reach their fullest potential starting from the earliest age. Crain’s Chicago recently profiled the program and explained how La Rabida is rising to the occasion to care for vulnerable infants who have limited access to healthcare.

Read the full story here. 

Patients Celebrate Day of Joy

This month, the Joy in Childhood Foundation and Starlight Children's Foundation hosted a Day of Joy for our patients and families. Our patients received superhero-themed hospital gowns as donations from the foundations and were treated to an afternoon of donut-decorating in our outpatient center.

Earlier this year, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly The Dunkin' Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation) and the Starlight Children’s Foundation announced a partnership to make La Rabida will be the first recipient of a Starlight Site. Plans are underway to build an accessible, rehabilitation-focused family kitchen, creating a joyful space where our patients and their families can cook together. To read more about the partnership, click here.

From all of us at La Rabida, thank you to your commitment to brightening the childhood experience for the kids of La Rabida and many others.

Join Us in Observing Respiratory Care Week

October 22-28 is National Respiratory Care Week. At La Rabida, we offer a customized approach to our patients who live with asthma or other respiratory conditions, focusing on prevention and long-term management of the condition. Our respiratory team, made up of respiratory therapists and care practitioners, help our patients reach their fullest potential. In addition to helping our children in the hospital, they provide education to parents and families about how to manage their child’s condition once they return home.

We appreciate all respiratory care professionals who are committed to helping children lead healthy lives. Thank you for all that you do!

La Rabida Helps Patients Transition to Adulthood

At La Rabida, our caregivers go above and beyond to make sure our patients and their families have everything they need to succeed. That’s why this fall, our staff worked together to host two special events for parents whose children are ready to transition from pediatric to adult care. Nurse case managers Veida Holdman and Sue Corbet; social workers Lou Ann Miller and Emily Cohen, and care coordinator Kelly Medina formed two transition groups that met at the hospital recently. One transition group, LAUNCH, aims to help parents whose adolescents have chronic conditions and will live independently as adults, while ASCEND focuses on children who will continue to depend on caregivers as adults.

The groups met at two separate events, where parents could receive “next steps” information about continuing their child’s healthcare with new providers, speak to representatives from legal, employment and case management agencies and learn about helpful available resources. During the Launch group the adolescents were actively involved in the group.

Among parents, the opportunity for bonding was uniquely valuable. “I like seeing that other people are going through the same process,” one parent said.

The next transition groups will be held in 2018. Stay tuned for more information.

Chicago Fire Visits La Rabida

Our kids always love to have special visitors, and this month they were thrilled to meet members from the Chicago Fire Soccer Club! Patients and families aboard the S.S. La Rabida inpatient unit met assistant coach, Eric Gehrig; players, Drew Conner and Matej Dekovic; and the Fire's mascot, Sparky. Thank you to the Fire for the fun afternoon!