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Rush's National Recognition
and Accreditations

Numerous national organizations have recognized specific services and programs at Rush for the quality of care they provide. Among them are the following:

National Recognition
Accreditations and Designations

National Recognition

U.S. News & World Report
Seven Specialties Ranked Among the Best
In U.S. News & World Report's 2014-2015 America's Best Hospitals issue, Rush ranked among the top 50 hospitals in seven of 16 categories. Just 144 out of almost 5,000 hospitals in the United States, about 3 percent, scored high enough this year to rank in even a single specialty, according to the magazine. Rush is ranked in orthopedics (No. 6 in the country and highest in Illinois), geriatrics (No. 17); neurology and neurosurgery (No. 17); nephrology (No. 31); urology (No. 43);  heart and heart surgery (No. 46); and cancer (No. 48).. Learn more.

U.S. News & World Report
Rush Children's Hospital Ranked Among the Best

Rush Children’s Hospital was ranked No. 40 in gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery by U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-2014 Best Children’s Hospitals. This ranking is indicative of the excellent care, dedication and expertise that Rush provides to the sickest children across all of Rush Children’s Hospital programs. Learn more.

University HealthSystem Consortium
Quality Leadership Award
Rush University Medical Center again has received the University HealthSystem Consortium's Quality Leadership Award, ranking fifth among 101 academic medical centers in the UHC’s annual study. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois to be listed among the top 10. Medical centers that demonstrated excellence in delivering high-quality care in the study received the Quality Leadership Award. The 2013 study evaluated 101 of the UHC’s principal member hospitals on the basis of mortality, effectiveness, safety, patient centeredness and equity of care. Rush attained a perfect score in the equity of care category, which means that the results of Rush patients’ care do not vary due to differences in gender, race or socioeconomic status, in every year that that the study has been conducted. Learn more.

The Leapfrog Group
Top Rating for Patient Safety
Rush received an A grade in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals. The new Hospital Safety Score represents Rush's overall performance in keeping patients safe from medical and medication errors, infections and injuries. The Leapfrog Group evaluated hospitals nationwide. Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. Learn more.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance
Patient Centered Medical Home
Seven primary care offices at Rush have been recognized as a medical home by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). These are the first physician practices at an academic medical center in Illinois to receive the prestigious NCQA’s Physician Practice Connections – Patient-Centered Medical Home level 3 designation – the highest recognition level awarded by NCQA. The concept of the medical home focuses on patient health improvement instead of episodic care. Each patient has a personal physician who, together with a care team, coordinates care beyond the physical borders of the physician’s office. The emphasis is on keeping patients healthy, preventing illness and making the right care available to the patient at the right time.

The Human Rights Campaign
Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality
For the fifth consecutive year, Rush has been named a leader in LGBT healthcare equality in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) 2013 report, an annual survey conducted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The HEI evaluates the nation's hospitals on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, their families and hospital employees. The survey evaluates hospitals on the basis of key indicators for equitable treatment, including nondiscrimination policies for LGBT patients and employees; visitation policies that grant same-sex partners and parents equal access; and training in LGBT patient-centered care for key staff. Learn more.

The American College of Surgeons
Exemplary Outcomes for Surgical Care 
The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) has recognized Rush as one of 26 out of 300 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals in the United States that have achieved exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care in five clinical areas: deep vein thrombosis, thrombophlebitis and pulmonary embolism; cardiac incidents; respiratory; surgical site infections; or urinary tract infections. The 26 hospitals commended achieved the distinction of attaining exemplary results in two or more of the five areas listed above.

Hospitals & Health Networks magazine
Among the Nation's Most Wired Hospitals 
For demonstrating leadership in the use of information technology, Rush University Medical Center has been listed among the Most Wired Hospitals in the nation, according to the results of the 2014 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine. Out of 680 participants, Rush was one of only 20 organizations who met the criteria to be considered for “Most Wired—Advanced Organizations."

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Accreditations and Designations


The Joint Commission
Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission, most recently in September of 2012. Rush's behavioral health program and Rush's pathology and clinical laboratories are also Joint Commission accredited. Rush's stroke program is certified as a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission and the Heart Failure, Transplant and Medical Circulatory Support Program is certified as a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Destination Therapy program by the Joint Commission. .

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded Rush University Medical Center full accreditation for three years. To earn accreditation by AAHRPP, an organization must meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the appropriate safeguards and protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. Rush is one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive this accreditation. Learn more.

Magnet Nursing Status
The American Nurses Credentialing Center
In 2010, Rush received renewal of its Magnet status, the highest recognition given for nursing excellence. The designation recognizes Rush nursing staff for overall excellence and for providing the very best care to patients. The American Nurses Credentialing Center Magnet Recognition Program first awarded Rush the four-year Magnet designation in 2002 and then again in 2006. Rush is the only hospital in Illinois serving both adult and children to receive the designation for a third time. Learn more.

Alzheimer's disease care

Designation for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center
The National Institute on Aging

The Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of only 29 Alzheimer's disease research centers across the country designated and funded by the National Institute on Aging of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. Learn more.

Cancer care

Outstanding Achievement Award for Rush University Cancer Center
The American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer

The Rush University Cancer Center was awarded a 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer. Rush has received this triennial award each of the three times the Medical Center has been evaluated by the Commission on Cancer since the award was established.

Accreditation for the Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic
The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Rush's transplant program is fully accredited for allogeneic and autologous marrow and peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation, including cell collection and laboratory processing. FACT accreditation is a voluntary process whereby transplant programs adhere to compliance with standards for the provision of quality medical and laboratory practice in hematopoietic cell transplantation. Learn more.

Center of Excellence Designation for Rush Breast Imaging Center
The American College of Radiology

The Rush Breast Imaging Center has been designated a breast imaging center of excellence by the American College of Radiology. The designation signifies that the Rush Breast Imaging Center meets the highest standards of the radiology profession. A center of excellence designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence in breast imaging by achieving accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy, and stereotactic breast biopsy. Learn more.

Heart care

Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy Certification
The Joint Commission
This certification recognizes Rush’s excellence in the use of ventricular assist device (VAD) as a destination therapy for patients with heart failure. To receive this certification, the program had to demonstrate that it complies with national standards, integrates evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and has an organized approach to performance improvement in place.

Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center
The Society of Chest Pain Centers
Rush University Medical Center received chest pain center accreditation in February 2009, and it was the first academic medical center in Chicago to receive this honor. This accreditation was given by the Society of Chest Pain Centers, a national not-for-profit international society dedicated to the belief that heart disease can be eliminated as the number one cause of death worldwide. Learn more.

Rehabilitation services

Accreditation for Rush Rehabilitation Programs
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of health and human services. It accredits close to 47,000 programs and services at more than 20,000 locations in 16 countries. Accreditation involves an on-site survey to determine whether a facility operates in accordance with CARF's standards of quality, which have been developed over 40 years by international teams of service providers, policy makers, payers, family members and consumers. The Johnson R. Bowman Center at Rush University Medical Center has received the maximum three-year accreditation from CARF for both its general inpatient rehabilitation program and its stroke specialty program. Learn more.

Pathology and laboratories

Accreditation for Rush Laboratories
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Joint Commission

The laboratories at Rush University Medical Center are accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the Joint Commission. Joint Commission laboratory accreditation standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens through the laboratory from collection to result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services. The goal of CAP's accreditation program is to improve patient safety by advancing the quality of pathology and laboratory services through education, standard setting and ensuring laboratories meet or exceed regulatory requirements.

Stroke care

Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center
The Joint Commission

Rush has been certified as a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The certification confirms that Rush’s stroke program has met the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, and further enhances its national reputation as an innovator in health care. Learn more.

Gold Seal of Approval to the Stroke Program at Rush
The Joint Commission

Earning the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, the Comprehensive Stroke Program at Rush has been certified as a primary stroke center. This certification recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care. Specialists at Rush in stroke, other cerebrovascular conditions and neurologic critical care, provide care for people with cerebrovascular disorders in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Learn more.

Gold Performance Achievement Award to the Stroke Program at Rush
The American Stroke Association

The Comprehensive Stroke Program at Rush has received the American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the stroke program's commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations. Learn more.

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