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CARES Employee Handbook


The Chicago Association for Research and Education in Science (CARES) is a non-profit organization associated with Hines VA Hospital and the Lovell Federal Health Care Center. It is dedicated to research and its associated educational and scientific endeavors and complements the care of patients by enhancing the intellectual viability of the hospital and providing new and innovative treatments.

The strength of CARES lies in its ability to understand and quickly respond to the unique needs of the research community. CARES is especially useful to investigators in the hiring of clinical research coordinators, research assistants or other personnel, purchasing equipment or supplies and managing travel funds.

CARES attempts to be as flexible and non-restrictive as possible, while meeting its obligations as a non-profit organization. The Board of Directors consists of individuals with an extensive background in health care and research.

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Clinical Research

CARES supports investigators who have conducted hundreds of clinical trials in a variety of therapeutic areas. Both medical centers and their investigators have the experience and resources to perform clinical drug trials in animal models as well as inpatient and outpatient pre-clinical, Phase I, II, III, and IV trials and outcomes research.

CARES' annual revenue is in excess of $3 million from a wide range of sources including: National Institutes for Health; Department of Defense; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Illinois Department of Public Health; Illinois Neurofibromatosis, Inc.; Illinois Society for the Prevention of Blindness; American Lung Association; American Cancer Society; American Heart Association; American Diabetes Association; Arthritis Foundation; Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation; National Multiple Sclerosis Society; Lyme Disease Association; Bayer Corporation; Pfizer, Inc.; Janssen Pharmaceutical; Abbott Laboratories; Merck & Co.; Eli Lilly; Novartis Pharmaceuticals; Presutti Laboratories; Exact Sciences; Roche Laboratories; Watson Laboratories; GlaxoSmithKline; and others.

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Patient Base

Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital and Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center are two of a group of seven VA medical centers that comprise the VA Great Lakes Health Care System dedicated to providing a comprehensive health care package to America's veterans.

Hines VA Hospital is a primary referral center for the Midwest. It currently operates 489 beds, including extended care, surgical and medical intensive care, spinal cord injury, blind rehabilitation, psychiatry and substance abuse treatment. Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center has 150 operating hospital beds,204 extended care beds, and a 60-bed domiciliary for homeless veterans. In addition, Lovell Federal Health Care Center has an intensive Psychiatric Community Care Program which serves seriously mentally ill patients.

For more information, please contact:
Cindy M. Reutzel, MPA
Executive Director, CARES

Dedicated to Improving the Health and Health Care Of United States Military Veterans Through Medical Research and Education