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Road Home Program in the news

MAY, 2017

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Modie Lavin is one of our family outreach coordinators and a Gold Star Mother. In honor of Memorial Day, Modie talks about her loss, her work and how she made her decision to work with veterans.

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MAY, 2017


PTSD prevented Don Harvell and his family from making a healthy transition to civilian life. Therapy at the Intensive Outpatient Program that extended to include his service dog Sierra has allowed them all to move forward.

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MAY, 2017


Judy Brown creates art as a coping mechanism to deal with an assault while on active duty. Her latest exhibit, “Dog Tags” is featured in this article in the News-Gazette. Brown is a recent graduate of the Intensive Outpatient Program at the Road Home Program.

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NOVEMBER, 2016


“When others go low, academic medicine goes high.” Dr. Darrell Kirch, president of the American Association of Medical College (AAMC), spotlights the Road Home Program in a speech to leaders of the nation’s academic medical centers entitled “In Search of Community”.

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NOVEMBER, 2016

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In honor of Veterans Day, Nick Digilio welcomes Will Beiersdorf, Executive Director of the Road Home Program, for a wide-ranging interview that includes the growth and goals of the Road Home Program and the culture of compassion and listening that has enabled the Road Home Program’s team to help fellow veterans and family members cope with and overcome the invisible wounds of war.

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AUGUST, 2016

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Filling gaps in veteran’s care. Nicknamed ‘PTSD boot camp,’ the intensive outpatient program delivers 100 hours of innovative, intensive therapy over three weeks.

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JULY, 2016

Simulating the sounds and sights of combat in Iran, virtual reality devices expose the veteran to trauma in a safe, controlled environment and can help retrain the brain to deal with triggers that lead to debilitating fear.

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JULY, 2016

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The intensive outpatient program at Rush offers a new option for veterans dealing with PTSD. The program provides veterans with intensive therapy, lasts 19 days and draws vets from around the country.

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JULY, 2016

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Focus on Family: Dr. Niranjan Karnik, MD, PhD, Medical Director of the Road Home Program discusses PTSD and the need to make the transition back easier with treatment, resources and support not just for the veteran, but for the children and family around the veteran.

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JUNE, 2016

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Rush Inside Health: ”Helping Veterans, and Herself”

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DECEMBER, 2015

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Will Beiersdorf, Director of the Road Home Program, is named one of five Chicagoans of the Year by Chicago Magazine.

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NOVEMBER, 2015

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Dr. Mark Pollack, Granger Professor and Chairman, Department of Psychiatry at Rush University Medical Center, discusses the belated recognition of PTSD and the effects on Vietnam veterans in part two, Untold Stories: Saluting Our Vietnam Veterans.

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OCTOBER, 2015

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The fourth annual ‘Do Ask, Do Tell’ symposium looks at the health needs of LGBTQ veterans and focuses attention on efforts to create a welcoming and safe environment in the services available to them.

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JUNE, 2015

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Wounded Warrior Project launches The Warrior Care Network, a first-of-its-kind national medical care partnership that includes Rush University Medical Center.

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JUNE, 2014

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Dr. Mark Pollack, chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Terri Tanielian, senior research analyst at the RAND Corporation, discuss the role of private mental health providers including Welcome Back, Veterans (WBV) initiative, a collaborative of Major League Baseball and the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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JUNE, 2014

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The launch of the Road Home Program is detailed in Progress Notes, the newsletter of the Department of Psychiatry Rush University Medical Center

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For members of the media:

For more information about the Road Home Program or to set up interviews with members of our team, contact media relations at Rush.

Media Relations main number:
(312) 942-5579

After hours pager for media calls:
(312) 942-6000, page ID number 1100 (after hours).

Media relations team:

John M. Pontarelli
Assistant vice president, Public Relations
(312) 942-5949
john_m_pontarelli@rush.edu

Charles Jolie
Media Relations Specialist
(312) 942-7817
Charles_L_Jolie@rush.edu

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