(CHICAGO) – Peter W. Butler, executive vice president and chief operation officer (COO) of Rush University Medical Center since 2004, has been named president. He will continue in his role as chief operating officer.
The announcement was made by Dr. Larry J. Goodman, who will continue as Rush’s chief executive officer (CEO), president of Rush University and president of the Rush System for Health. Goodman has had the title of president and CEO of Rush, president of Rush University, and president of the Rush System for Health since 2002.
“I have made this change in recognition of the crucial role Peter has played since joining Rush,” said Goodman. “He has been a key leader in the campus Transformation, our increased focus on our Mission, Vision and Values, Rush’s leadership development, and the stewardship of the Department of Health Systems Management, where he serves as chairman and associate professor. In addition to these and many other accomplishments, he has been an important partner to me.”
“Peter’s wealth of experience and insights has enabled us to move forward confidently to strengthen all of our endeavors at Rush. This appointment recognizes his qualifications and contributions, and I look forward to continued collaboration into the future,” said Goodman.
The changes in the titles for Butler and Goodman do not alter existing reporting relationships, existing management structure or the day to day duties of either Butler or Goodman.
Prior to his appointment at Rush, Butler served with distinction and success as president of Rush North Shore Medical Center (Skokie, Ill.), and has managed two large prestigious health care systems that are similar to Rush in many ways. He was president and CEO of The Methodist Hospital System System in Houston, from 1997 to 2001 and senior vice president and chief administrative officer of the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit from 1992-1997. Butler worked at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center from 1982 until 1992 in a variety of administrative positions including vice president of administrative affairs.
In 2008, Butler was appointed as one of 17 members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), an independent agency that advises Congress on Medicare payment and policies. Since 2005, he has served on the governing board of the University HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of 107 academic medical centers and 241 of their affiliated hospitals representing approximately 90 percent of the nation's non-profit academic medical centers.
Butler has a Master of Health Services Administration degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College.
The promotion was approved by the executive committee of Rush’s board of trustees in July and the full board of trustees today.
Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health. Rush University is home to one of the first medical colleges in the Midwest and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as graduate programs in allied health, health systems management and biomedical research.
The Rush System for Health (RSH) is an Illinois not-for-profit organization comprised of Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Rush Copley Medical Center, and Riverside Medical Center in Kankakee. RSH was organized to provide services to its not-for-profit members in the areas of strategic planning, quality improvement, and the arrangement of services to facilitate efficient healthcare delivery through group purchasing, managed care contracting, and health benefits procurement.
Rush is currently constructing a 14-floor, 806,000-square-foot hospital building at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Congress Parkway. The new hospital, scheduled to open in 2012, is the centerpiece of a $1 billion, ten-year campus redevelopment plan called the Rush Transformation, which also includes a new orthopedics building, a new parking garage and central power plant, renovations of selected existing buildings and demolition of obsolete buildings. The new hospital is being designed and built to conserve energy and water, reduce waste and use sustainable building materials. Rush is seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. It will be the first full-service, “green” hospital in Chicago.