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La Rabida Children's Hospital

(Non-profit)  
Healthcare - Health Services
Overview
La Rabida's family-focused care dates back to its founding when, as a fresh air sanitarium for sick children, a group of women volunteers sought to provide relief for the "tired and weary mothers" of the inner-city.

During the Chicago World's Fair Columbian Exposition in 1893, a replica of the La Rabida monastery in Spain (from where Columbus embarked on his voyage to the new world) was built in Jackson Park and housed artifacts of Columbus' historic voyage. After the fair, in 1895, the Spanish Consulate donated the building to the City of Chicago to be used as a fresh air sanitarium for sick children. That year, the sanitarium was run by a group of volunteer women, who, by 1896, officially took over the operation and upkeep of the building and the activities within. That group, the Women's Board of La Rabida, still exists today.

Throughout the 1920's La Rabida continued its work and eventually grew to become a hospital that cares for children with rheumatic fever. In the 1950's and 60's, the hospital gained international recognition for research which led to the eradication of the disease. It was during this period that the hospital made a formal commitment to treat the chronic illnesses of childhood.

Today, the hospital still cares for children with chronic illnesses, in addition to victims of child abuse. It has grown to be a respected leader and innovator in the teaching and research of pediatric chronic illnesses and in exploring issues of pediatric health care.
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Mission
The La Rabida Mission

La Rabida Children’s Hospital provides specialized, family-centered health care to children with medically complex conditions, disabilities, and chronic illness. Through expertise, compassion, and advocacy we help children and their families reach their fullest potential, regardless of their ability to pay.
 
How We Accomplish Our Mission


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  • La Rabida provides training and education of health care professionals which will enable them to deal creatively with the challenges of children with chronic illness and their families.
  • La Rabida conducts research, and promotes advocacy related to the prevention, diagnosis and management of children with chronic illness.
  • La Rabida works with public and private agencies, and other health care facilities in its shared dedication to helping children and their families.
  • La Rabida maintains an ongoing commitment to caring for children and families regardless of their ability to pay.

La Rabida is a private, nonprofit organization.
Programs and Services
Programs & Services
La Rabida offers care in these areas of expertise:

  • Asthma/Allergies
  • Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
  • Cerebral Palsy and Neuromuscular Disorders
  • Diabetes
  • Child Abuse and Mental Health Services
  • Developmental Disabilities and Delays
  • Failure-to-Thrive
  • Rehabilitation and Developmental Services
  • Rheumatologic Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Transitional Care Services
  • Contact
    La Rabida Children's Hospital
    East 65th Street at Lake Michigan
    Chicago, IL 60649
    (773) 363-6700