Adam C. Young, MD
Alan C. League, MD
Alejandra Rodriguez-Paez, MD
Alexander Gordon, MD
Alfonso Bello, MD
Ami Kothari, MD
Amy Jo Ptaszek, MD
Anand Vora, MD
Andrea S. Kramer, MD
Angelo Savino, MD
Anthony Savino, MD
Ari Kaz, MD
Brian Clay, MD
Brian Donahue, MD
Brian Schwartz, MD
Brian Weatherford, MD
Brooke Vanderby, MD
Bruce Summerville, MD
Bryan Waxman, MD
Carla Gamez, DPM
Charles L. Lettvin, MD
Charles M. Lieder, DO
Charles Slack, MD
Chinyoung Park, MD
Christ Pavlatos, MD
Christian Skjong, MD
Craig Cummins, MD
Craig Phillips, MD
Craig S. Williams, MD
Craig Westin, MD
Daniel Newman, MD
David Beigler, MD
David H. Garelick, MD
David Hamming, MD
David Norbeck, MD
David Raab, MD
David Schneider, DO
Djuro Petkovic, MD
Douglas Solway, DPM
E. Quinn Regan, MD
Edward J. Logue, MD
Eric Chehab, MD
Garo Emerzian, DPM
Gary Shapiro, MD
Gerald Eisenberg, MD
Gregory Brebach, MD
Gregory Portland, MD
Harpreet S. Basran, MD
Jack Perlmutter, MD
James Cohen, MD
James M. Hill, MD
Jeffrey Ackerman, MD
Jeffrey Goldstein, MD
Jeffrey Visotsky, MD
Jeremy Oryhon, MD
Jonathan Erulkar, MD
Joseph D'Silva, MD
Justin Gent, MD
Kevin Chen, MD
Leon Benson, MD
Lori Siegel, MD
Marc Angerame, MD
Marc Breslow, MD
Mark Gonzalez, MD
Mark Gross, MD
Mark Hamming, MD
Mark Mikhael, MD
Matthew L. Jimenez, MD
Mehul H. Garala, MD
Michael Chiu, MD
Michael Lewis, MD
Michael O'Rourke, MD
Nathan G. Wetters, MD
Patrick Schuette, MD
Peter Hoepfner, MD
Peter Thadani, MD
Phillip Ludkowski, MD
Priyesh Patel, MD
Rhutav Parikh, MD
Richard Noren, MD
Richard Sherman, MD
Ritesh Shah, MD
Robert McMillan, MD
Roger Chams, MD
Scott Jacobsen, DPM
Scott Rubinstein, MD
Sean A. Sutphen, DO
Serafin DeLeon, MD
Sheela Metgud, MD
Stanford Tack, MD
Steven Gross, MD
Steven Haddad, MD
Steven Jasonowicz, DPM
Steven M. Mardjetko, MD
Surbhi Panchal, MD
Taizoon Baxamusa, MD
Theodore Fisher, MD
Thomas Gleason, MD
Tomas Nemickas, MD
Van Stamos, MD
Wayne M. Goldstein, MD
William Robb, MD
Home |  Blog |  IBJI Volunteers Help Make a Playground Dream Come True

IBJI Volunteers Help Make a Playground Dream Come True

Hats and mittens were pulled tight to fend off the freezing March air. Coffee was flowing. By 8:30am the buoyant crowd of more than 400 volunteers was at work. They would build a safe playground for the kids and families of Chicago’s St. Sabina Church in one day. The south side church is a neighborhood anchor in the city’s Auburn Gresham community.

Employees from Illinois Bone & Joint Institute were among the volunteers doing whatever it took – shoveling mulch, assembling slides and swings and providing hot drinks. The project helped kickoff the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) 2013 convention. IBJI was a major event sponsor.

Leon Benson, MD, an IBJI-Glenview hand surgeon, explained the IBJI team’s commitment.

“As orthopedic and rehab specialists, we see playground injuries way too often. Many could be prevented with safe playground materials. That’s why we’re here.”

IBJI’s Director of Rehabilitation, Andre Blom, added, “Playgrounds give kids the chance to build balance, flexibility and strength. This is going to be a fun, healthy and safe place for them.”

Fr. Michael Pfleger, pastor of St. Sabina Church, expressed thanks for the mega-effort that completed the playground in one day saying, “Last fall, kids from this neighborhood drew the playground of their dreams. Now it’s happening. This is a safe haven for our kids and we’re grateful for the efforts of everyone here today.”

Each year more than 220,000 kids require medical attention for playground injuries. The most common injury is a fall from the monkey bars.