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Clinical Services at Rush Rush Day Hospital
Program Description

Treatment at the Rush Day Hospital is a part of the continuum of mental health treatment at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois. This innovative program provides individuals with intensive goal-oriented, group-based programming that fosters increased self-awareness and behavioral change in order to achieve a better sense of competence and improve life role functioning. Target areas of treatment include symptom management, self-esteem and emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, adaptive coping and relapse prevention.

The team seeks to foster an inclusive climate where differences are accepted, understood and valued. The Rush Day Hospital treats individuals 18 years of age and older who are diagnosed with affective and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and other complex and treatment refractory conditions that interfere with relationships and daily functioning. Many of these individuals are professionals or college or graduate students who have had an interruption in functioning in roles that often require high levels of responsibility and accountability.

The Rush Day Hospital program provides individualized treatment within a dynamic, intensive group process focused on assisting individuals to better manage the symptoms of their illnesses as well as other aspects of their lives. Through their work, individuals develop the ability to more consciously make decisions and choices that enhance a sense of well-being and balance and improve ability to function in multiple life roles.

An individual can seek treatment through the Rush Day Hospital at any stage of psychiatric illness, as long as 24-hour-a-day supervision is not required. The programs provide individuals with the opportunity to participate in the intensity of setting most appropriate for their needs. Treatment may begin in PHP and, as patients achieve higher levels of functioning but may still require intervention beyond individual therapy, they may choose alternate programming such as IOP or Group Therapy.

Services Provided

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)
8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.

PHP is designed to provide an alternative to or a transition from treatment on an inpatient unit for individuals who do not need the security of 24-hour monitoring. PHP allows for a combination of group psychotherapy, medication management, psychoeducation and activity programs to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of serious disturbances in their mental well-being, which may prevent them from adequately functioning in their vocational, school, home or social settings.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)
8:45 a.m. to noon

IOP is a less intensive alternative to partial hospitalization for those who may still need a more concentrated treatment setting than outpatient. Individuals in IOP participate in three hours of group therapy per day for up to five days per week. Participants in the IOP have the opportunity to utilize the therapeutic groups to better understand problematic patterns as they maintain or reinstate life role functions and supportive connections in the community.

Group therapy
Weekday evenings
5 to 6:30 p.m.

RDH also offers weekly group therapy evening sessions. The evening group offers individuals who are maintaining or returning to functioning in daytime work roles to explore interpersonal issues in a therapeutic setting.

Clinical Team

Treatment in the programs is provided by a multidisciplinary staff, including a psychiatrist, nurses, case manager, social workers, expressive art therapists and recreational therapists. Together, these experts develop an individualized treatment plan for each patient based on his or her particular needs and goals for treatment. The Rush Day Hospital's team collaborates with the individual to provide a compassionate patient-family centered approach in a respectful community of peers.

  • Michael Moreno, MD, medical director
  • Cheryl Siegall, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, program director
  • Dee Dee Sanford, RN-BC MBA, assistant unit director

Contact Name Cheryl Siegall
Contact Phone (312) 942-5000 Ext. 2-7326
Contact Email


Rush Day Hospital
Rush West Campus
2150 W. Harrison St.
2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60612

Hours of Operation

For more information about the Rush Day Hospital program and hours, please phone: (312) 942-5000, Ext. 2-7326 or (312) 942-8840.

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