(CHICAGO)—DuPage Medical Group and Rush University Medical Center have announced a new partnership to bring university-level cancer care to DuPage County and the western suburbs.
The affiliation agreement includes 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.
“This is a true partnership that will provide cancer patients with greater access to comprehensive clinical services and research protocols,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush.
“Creating this alignment between our organizations will enhance the quality of clinical care while providing new learning and research opportunities for our physicians and staff to serve our community better,” said Mike Kasper, CEO of DuPage Medical Group.
The cancer center will be housed in a new medical office building that will be built and owned by DuPage Medical Group and is located near the intersection of I-88 and I-355 in Lisle, Illinois.
DuPage Medical Group (DMG) is an independent physician group practice comprised of over 333 physicians who care for approximately 375,000 patients at 45 offices located across the Western Suburbs.
Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health. Rush has a medical staff of about 890 with about 35,000 patient admissions a year.
Medical Office Building
DMG has begun construction of the Medical Office Building at 430 Warrenville Road in Lisle, Illinois. The three story, 95,000 square foot building is designed with two wings. One wing will be dedicated to the outpatient diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The other wing will be a medical office building comprised of primary care, specialty and advanced diagnostic services.
The cancer center will offer patients an individualized focus along with the latest in technology and treatment options. Its patient-centered design will better accommodate the multiple care providers who meet to collaborate as a team to discuss a patient’s condition, review diagnostic tests and plan treatment as a group. A key member of this team, the Patient Navigator, will provide support and guidance for patients at every step - diagnosis, treatment and recovery. This model of care, shared by Rush and DMG, is currently implemented at the Rush University cancer center, an outpatient facility opened in January at Rush as part of its campus transformation project.
The first floor of the cancer center wing will house a cancer resource center and radiation therapy services. The second floor will house a chemotherapy infusion center. Rush will lease 13,000 square feet on this floor and will have sole management and fiscal responsibility for its operation. The infusion center will be organized and function as a Rush outpatient location. Rush currently operates chemotherapy infusion centers at its main campus in Chicago and at Rush Oak Park Hospital. Rush will be the exclusive operator of chemotherapy services within DMG.
The third floor of the cancer wing will be used for comprehensive cancer clinics staffed by both DMG and Rush physicians. Rush will provide specialty services in the areas of hematology, lung cancer, melanoma, thoracic surgery, gynecologic oncology and brain tumors. These will complement DMG’s current service offerings.
Rush and DMG intend to develop educational and research linkages through Rush University. These will likely include continuing medical education for DMG providers, faculty appointments for qualified DMG physicians and nurses, and recruitment of primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses and other graduates from Rush’s medical school, nursing college, or the health sciences programs into DMG.
Health Information Technology
Rush and DMG utilize information technology systems for their electronic health record and business operations. Rush and DMG intend to share and utilize clinical data for patients treated by both organizations. Additional health information technology initiatives may involve remote patient scheduling and telemedicine for consultative services.