Medical Center Services at Rush Oak Park Hospital and Beyond
Rush University Medical Center (Rush) and Rush Oak Park Hospital (ROPH) share more than the Rush name: Physicians from Rush in 12 specialties, including cardiology, gastroenterology, hematology, medical oncology, pulmonary disease and orthopedics, also have regular office hours at Rush Oak Park Hospital. And the number of specialists who see patients at both locations is likely to grow in the coming months and years.
"Increasingly, physicians from Rush — private and employed — have been opening satellite clinics or bringing parts of their practices to Oak Park," says David Ansell, MD, senior vice president for clinical affairs and chief medical officer at Rush University Medical Center. "Rush Oak Park Hospital serves as a gateway to the western suburbs, enabling patients who live in these suburbs to receive high quality specialty care closer to home, and giving physicians more options for referring their patients."
A variety of services, including certain in-office and surgical procedures and diagnostic tests, are available in Oak Park. For example, the Rush hematology/oncology program gives patients the option of scheduling their office visits and infusions at its ROPH satellite clinic, which opened in July 2009. Patients requiring more complex procedures and treatments are referred to the Medical Center.
"Having these specialists and services available in both locations ensures continuity of care," Ansell says. "Not to mention, the shorter commute and easy in-and-out at ROPH are big conveniences. If we can enable patients to drive five or 10 minutes instead of 45 minutes for an appointment, we're doing them a tremendous service."
Expanding Rush's Reach
While Rush Oak Park Hospital has the largest repository of specialists from Rush University Medical Center outside of the main campus, numerous specialty and subspecialty practices from Rush — including gynecologic oncology, pediatric cardiology, pediatric gastroenterology and thoracic surgery — have offices or clinics in other suburbs. Lockport, Aurora, Lake Forest, Elgin, Hinsdale, Winfield, Joliet and Kankakee are among the many off-campus sites.
"We tend to think of Rush as being downtown," Ansell says. "But we want our patients to know that even if they don't live close to the Medical Center, they can still receive the outstanding care for which Rush is known."