Dr. Nunilo Rubio was killed during humanitarian mission in the Philippines

Date: 
01/24/2018
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Dr. Nunilo Rubio speaks at the 2017 Dedication and Blessing of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care

Dr. Nunilo Rubio, part of the Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) family, was among seven killed over the weekend during a goodwill mission in the Philippines. His wife, Dr. Elentia Rubio, was severely injured and has undergone 13 hours of surgery for her broken hips and pelvis. 

Having fallen asleep, the van driver transporting the medical team slammed the vehicle into a tree as the Rubios and others slept, report Philippine authorities. 

The couple's three children are reported to be in the Philippines with their mother. Their son Noel is a member of the Presence Medical Group. 

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Dr. Elenita Rubio is pictured at the Endocrinology Center ceremony

On the medical staff from 1972 to 2015, Nunilo Rubio served as Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center's (PSMEMC), Medical Director of Endocrinology for more than 25 years. 

A staunch fighter against diabetes on Chicago's west side, Rubio was a key figure in establishing Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center's (PSMEMC) new endocrinology center. 

PSMEMC's statement reflects on his dedication and influence:

"His generosity, compassion and commitment to our patients, hospital staff and his fellow clinicians was truly special.  

"Even after retirement he continued to show his generosity and compassionate spirit. That was reflected in his significant financial gift that helped Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth open the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care last year, greatly enhancing access to Diabetes care on the west side of Chicago. It’s also demonstrated by his many medical mission trips to the Philippines to help those in need."

Photos: Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

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