Congressman Rush visits Providence of Palos Heights

PALOS HEIGHTS, Ill. — U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-Ill.) recently visited Providence Healthcare and Rehabilitation of Palos Heights, speaking with residents and taking a tour of the senior living community.

Along the way, the congressman stopped to shake hands and pose for pictures with residents and staff. The tour concluded in the Mulder Chapel, where the congressman addressed Providence residents and staff, focusing on his commitment to the care of senior citizens.

“We love you and are so grateful that you’ve made this a great nation,” he told the group. “It’s a blessing to be in your presence this morning.”

During a time of question and answer, he addressed concerns regarding the current state of health care, including fears that Medicare and Medicaid funding would be cut. The congressman reiterated his pledge to make sure seniors have access to quality services.

“You have contributed so much,” he told the crowd. “You made this nation great. So we cannot forget you. We will not forget you.”

“We will make sure your golden years are golden,” he said.

After Rush spoke, LeadingAge Illinois Manager of Policy and Communications Jason Speaks presented the congressman with a plaque, which recognized his years of service for seniors. The Congressman expressed his gratitude.

“I will put this plaque on my wall,” he said, “and I will carry all of you in my hearts.”

Pictured L-R: Mark Vanderzee (Providence), Neli Guajardo (Providence), Congressman Bobby Rush, Jason Speaks (LeadingAge Illinois), Megan Tengerstrom (Providence), and Scott Studebaker (Providence).