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Roseland Community Hospital Association is a private not-for-profit health care organization committed to providing quality, patient-driven health care services to the Greater Roseland Community.   


For more than 85 years, Roseland Community Hospital has provided comprehensive healthcare services on Chicago’s far South Side.  Our story is one of an institution that is as resilient as the community in which it is anchored.  Our history is one of trials resulting in triumph, difficulty generating determination, and anticipation transformed into accomplishment.

The hospital opened in 1924 with a mission to provide care to residents of the Roseland and surrounding communities.  Since that time, Roseland Community Hospital has maintained this deliberate focus despite a myriad of social, economic and political changes that dramatically affected the surrounding neighborhoods.

The Greater Roseland Area has a long and storied history beginning with its settlement by Dutch farmers in the 1840s.  These immigrants initially called their community Hope.  The name was changed to Roseland in the early 1870s.  During The Great Migration in the 1900s, thousands of new European immigrants and African-Americans from the South poured into the area in search of employment opportunities in industries such as the steel mills, stockyards and factories.

The decade beginning in 1920 saw the area’s African-American population more than double, and Roseland experienced an unparalleled economic boom.  Throughout the 1950s and 1960s, the Greater Roseland Area underwent a dramatic composition shift as African-American families made these neighborhoods their homes – a trend which continues to this day although the latest U.S. Census data indicates an increase in Latino residents.

From Dutch settlers to African-American migrants to Latino immigrants, the Greater Roseland Area and Roseland Community Hospital are havens where hope springs eternal.

Roseland Community Hospital remains committed to its original vision:  providing healthcare service to the Greater Roseland Area.  The hospital stands united with the residents of the Greater Roseland Area as partners in providing high quality services that are simultaneously tenacious, resilient and ever hopeful.  For its part, we expend more than $20 million annually to ensure that uninsured and underinsured residents receive appropriate healthcare services.  Further, we assist in improving the community’s health by providing preventive and educational asthma, breast cancer, and diabetes initiatives; cholesterol and prostate screenings; mammograms; one-on-one health education sessions; cardiovascular fitness for women; and children’s obesity reduction classes.

Roseland Community Hospital’s unrelenting promise to deliver superior service was recognized in 2000 with the prestigious Lincoln Award for leadership and excellence in quality-related initiatives.  Recently, we reaffirmed our quest for excellence with the construction of a new main entrance, Medical Office Building and expanded high-tech Emergency Room – which more than doubled the capacity of the previous site.  By Fourth Quarter 2013, we will employ a new Emergency Medical Records process and implement the Meditech health care information system.

Roseland Community Hospital serves with respect, veracity, empathy, accountability and excellence.  We are poised to embrace all of the possibilities, potential and prospects that lie ahead.  From the early 20th century into the new millennium and beyond, we remain an exceptional healthcare provider in service to an exceptional community.