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Mortality Rates

Mortality rates by service

Mortality rates by condition

Rush's mortality rates by service

Mortality (or death) rates by service tell us how many patients die relative to what is expected, given a variety of complicating characteristics, including their age, chronic conditions like diabetes or heart failure, or whether the patient was transferred from another hospital or admitted as an emergency. These measures are reported by the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of academic medical centers and their affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90 percent of the nation's not-for-profit academic medical centers. Learn more about how these rates are calculated.

Hospital overall
Neurosciences
General medicine
Acute stroke
Bone marrow transplant
Cardiology
General surgery
Joint and spine

Hospital overall mortality (death)

This measurement shows 28 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

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Neurosciences mortality (death)

This measurement shows among neurology and neurosurgery patients, 0 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores as expected

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General medicine mortality (death)

This measurement shows among general medicine patients, 34 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

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Acute stroke mortality (death)

This measurement shows among patients with a principal diagnosis of stroke, 3 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

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Bone marrow transplant mortality (death)

This measurement shows among bone marrow transplant patients, 3 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

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Cardiology mortality (death)

This measurement shows among cardiology patients, 36 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

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Joint and spine mortality (death)

This measurement shows among orthopedics and spinal surgery patients, 44 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than than expected.

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General surgery mortality (death)

This measurement shows among general surgery patients, 45 percent fewer patients died in the hospital than predicted based on how sick they were.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the observed-to-expected rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the rate on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores better than expected.

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Rush's mortality rates by condition

Mortality (or death) rates by condition show whether patients who enter a hospital for a particular condition are still alive 30 days after their initial admission to the hospital. Data on 30-day mortality rates are publicly available online from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website. The numbers below are based on the most recent data available from CMS.

Heart attack mortality (deaths)

Heart attack mortality rates for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

This measurement shows whether patients who enter a hospital for a heart attack are still alive 30 days after their initial admission to the hospital. This measure indicates that 14.9 percent of patients treated for a heart attack at Rush die within 30 days of their admission to the hospital.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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Heart failure mortality (deaths)

Heart failure mortality rates for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

This measurement shows whether patients who enter a hospital for heart failure are still alive 30 days after their initial admission to the hospital. This measure indicates that 7.3 percent of patients treated for heart failure at Rush die within 30 days of their admission to the hospital.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores lower, and therefore better than the national average.

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Pneumonia mortality (deaths)

Pneumonia mortality rates for Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.

This measurement shows whether patients who enter a hospital for pneumonia are still alive 30 days after their initial admission to the hospital. This measure indicates that 8.8 percent of patients treated for pneumonia at Rush die within 30 days of their initial admission to the hospital.

Because some hospitals, such as academic medical centers like Rush, tend to take care of significantly sicker patients, the rate of mortality (or death) is adjusted to take into account how sick patients were before being admitted to the hospital. This rate is then referred to as risk adjusted.

The lower the score on this measure, the better. For this measure, Rush scores similarly to the national average.

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