Monday, October 13, 2008

Greater Chicago Red Cross Connected Runners, Ran Red!

We supported this year’s Chicago marathon by taking on the role of reuniting runners who may have been hospitalized with their loved ones. We have a cool program called, Patient Connection that allows us to help in this way. It’s completely unique to Chicago-we’ve even been written into HIPAA so that we can get patient info from hospitals and take the burden of patient reunification off hospitals in times of disaster, or when large numbers of people have been hospitalized. The program worked great! Our volunteers ultimately made hundreds of family contacts and connected about 75 people with their loved ones.
In addition to supporting the event with our Patient Connection Program our Run Red team made us proud by going the distance. This dedicated group of runners raised much needed funds for our chapter by getting pledges from friends and family for completing the marathon. If you are interested in joining next year’s Run Red team visit
Did you get inspired by this year’s event to run the marathon next year?

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