Remembering a Leader and a Friend

The Rush community gathered to remember J. Robert (Bob) Clapp, Jr., the late executive vice president and executive director of Rush University Hospitals, on Oct. 11. He passed away on Aug. 30 after a diagnosis with pancreatic cancer in March.

From personal stories about his love for basketball and public transportation to his passion for diversity and leadership, Bob was remembered in a moving service at Rush. During the service, a special memorial tribute video was shown with interviews from people throughout Rush.

The family requests that any donations be made in support of Rush’s diversity efforts, the Rush University Health Systems Management educational program and/or to the Adopt-a-Family outreach program. Gifts may be made online at rush.convio.net/BobClapp. Memorial gifts may be sent to Rush University Medical Center, 1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 250, Chicago, IL 60612. To make a gift by phone, please call (312) 942-6112.

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Remembering J. Robert (Bob) Clapp, Jr., 1958-2012

Reaching ‘Beyond the Rush Borders’

By Terry Peterson

In 2010, the chairperson of the Chicago Public Schools asked Rush to consider adopting a little-known school named Simpson Academy for Young Women — the only Chicago public school for pregnant and parenting teens. The school, located approximately three blocks south of Rush’s campus, had a history of insufficient access to prenatal care and maintained dismal graduation rates.

Most of the young women attending Simpson Academy are from low-income families on the south and west sides of Chicago. Rush made a commitment to help make a difference by improving access to prenatal and pediatric health care services and health care education in order to help the girls successfully reach graduation.

Together, Rush leadership, the College of Nursing and the Department of Multicultural Affairs and Community Service established the foundation for building a sustainable partnership with Simpson Academy that will improve the quality of life for these young ladies. The result of the partnership between Rush and the Chicago Public Schools has resulted in a full-service health clinic and day care center at Simpson Academy. We also established a homework center and a job shadowing program to provide students with the help they need to focus on academic achievement and discover careers in health sciences.

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