With the aim of bringing academic medical center-level cancer care to Chicago's western suburbs, Rush has announced an affiliation with DuPage Medical Group (DMG). An independent group practice, DMG comprises more than 300 physicians who care for about 375,000 patients at 45 offices located across DuPage County. "This is a true partnership that will provide cancer patients with greater access to comprehensive clinical services and research protocols," says Larry Goodman, MD, CEO of Rush.
The affiliation agreement includes the development of a state-of-the-art cancer center in DuPage County as part of a broader affiliation encompassing patient care, research and educational programs and electronic health information systems.
New Cancer Center
The center will be located in one wing of a three-floor, 95,000-square-foot medical office building that DMG recently began constructing near the intersection of Interstate 88 and Interstate 355 in Lisle, Ill.
The center's first floor will house a resource center and radiation therapy services. Rush will lease 13,000 square feet on the second floor and, as the exclusive operator of chemotherapy services for DMG, will run the chemotherapy infusion center housed there. In addition, physicians from Rush will join physicians from DMG to treat patients in comprehensive cancer clinics located on the center's third floor. Complementing DMG's clinical offerings, specialists from Rush will provide services in hematology, breast cancer, lung cancer, melanoma, colon and rectal surgery, thoracic surgery, gynecologic oncology and brain tumors.
Rush and DMG also intend to collaborate in the areas of research and education. Collaborative activities may include continuing medical education for DMG providers; faculty appointments at Rush for qualified DMG physicians and nurses; and recruitment by DMG of job-seeking graduates from Rush's medical school, nursing college or health sciences programs.
Rush and DMG also intend to share clinical data via electronic medical records for patients treated by both organizations. Additional health information technology initiatives may include remote patient scheduling and telemedicine for consultative services.
"This affiliation agreement is an important growth initiative for Rush," Goodman says. "And it is consistent with our collaborative approach with other providers to complement medical services and increase access for patients to specialized services that Rush provides."