Road Home Program in the News

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 is (312) 942-5579.

Charles Jolie is the Media Relations Specialist for the Road Home Program. Contact Charles at (312) 942-7817 or Charles_L_Jolie@rush.edu.


NOVEMBER, 2018

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Making a Difference in Chicago. Will Beiersdorf and Thad Rydberg are interviewed by Susan Wiencek, host of Hubbard Helps. Thad: “to veterans who have difficulty reaching out for help, I would just say: we are a little bit different. We don’t see you as a number. We can treat veterans relatively quickly. They can get in to see a therapist usually within a week”. Will: “many times, it’s not the veterans we serve first, but their family members. And we have a very liberal definition of family, including parents, siblings, even friends”.

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NOVEMBER, 2018

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Nick Digilio welcomes Will Beiersdorf back to the program in advance of Veteran’s Day, November 11. Will provides a recap of the first four years of the Road Home Program, from the remarkable support the program received in its early days from the Welcome Home, Veterans organization at the McCormick Foundation to the significant grant provided this year by the Wounded Warriors Project.

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NOVEMBER, 2018

The Companion Mark Schimmel, better known as “Chaps,” is interviewed in The Companion, the Religion and Health and Human Services (RHHV) fall newsletter. Mark provides a ministerial presence in both group and individual therapy sessions during the IOP and gives veterans the opportunity to unlock and express the horrific things that happened to them by starting with a simple, but revealing, question, “How is your soul?”

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JUNE, 2018

Rush receives $45 million dollars, its largest single donation ever, from the Wounded Warriors Project to help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries, depression, anxiety and other related conditions. The new donation will enable the Road Home Program to treat an additional 5,000 veterans and family members over the next five years.

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APRIL, 2018

The Regenstein Foundation Service Dog Initiative has enabled Road Home to connect veterans with well-trained companions who love their veterans unconditionally and without judgement. Over the next three years, this gift will cover the costs for training and pairing service dogs with more than 90 veterans.

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APRIL, 2018

Blake Schroedter, PsyD discusses the value of video conversations in an interview with Healthcare Analytics News. “Video allows us to break down the barriers that would otherwise have limited veterans seeking our services.” Schroedter is director of the Effingham Clinic of the Road Home Program.

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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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