Donation to help Rosecrance treat veterans suffering from addiction

Dan Cassens (right), Woodward's vice president of Turbine Fluid Systems & Controls CoE, presents a check for $100,000 to John Griffin (center), chairman of the board for The Rosecrance Foundation, and Philip Eaton (left), Rosecrance's president and CEO. Photo provided

From press release

The Woodward Charitable Trust has donated $100,000 to The Rosecrance Foundation to help build a new addiction treatment unit that will offer priority admission to veterans of the U.S. armed forces.

The 14-bed unit, which is under construction on the third floor of the Rosecrance Adult Treatment Center on Harrison Avenue, is expected to open in February. The unit will serve patients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders. An estimated 168 patients will be treated on the unit annually.

Military veterans and their dependents will receive priority admission in recognition of their unique sacrifices for the country through military service. Estimates are that between 20 and 25 percent of troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come home with mental health needs related to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dec. 7, Dan Cassens, Woodward’s vice president of Turbine Fluid Systems & Controls CoE, toured the construction site and presented a ceremonial check for the gift amount to Rosecrance President/CEO Philip W. Eaton.

The Woodward gift will fund the “day room,” a large, airy community space that functions as the center of activity for the unit. Patients will use the day room for group sessions, recreation, relaxation and family visits.

Cassens said the donation to Rosecrance is in line with Woodward’s philosophy of helping build healthy communities.

“We believe that Woodward does more than just provide jobs in the communities in which we operate,” Cassens said. “We are deeply committed to supporting programs and organizations that ensure our communities are desirable places to live and work.”

Eaton said Rosecrance has been responding in recent years to a growing need for treatment services among patients with dual disorders. At the same time, the need for services to help veterans with PTSD has become a national crisis. Research has linked PTSD to depression and anxiety, substance abuse, domestic violence and, too often, suicide.

“Rosecrance can help these families who have sacrificed so much for our country,” Eaton said. “With the help of our great friends at Woodward and others in this community, we are able to create space for 14 new beds and, we hope, help some of these warriors truly find their way ‘home’ from war.”

Rosecrance is northern Illinois’ largest provider of addiction treatment services, helping more than 5,000 families each year. Woodward’s donation is part of a $1 million fund-raising campaign that Rosecrance launched in July. With this gift, Rosecrance has raised more than $850,000 toward the goal. For more information, visit the website at

From the Dec. 15-21, 2010 issue

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