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Tower Hospital and Other Facilities

Tower hospital building at Rush

During a recent 10-year transformation of the campus, Rush University Medical Center opened a new hospital building (known as the Tower) and many other state-of-the-art facilities.

The Tower

Recognized in the Chicago skyscape for its distinctive butterfly shape, the Tower was actually designed from the inside out. Nurses and doctors worked closely with architects to create the right environment for the highest quality of care. That means an environment to support the most effective care possible, while enhancing the overall experience for patients and their families.

Many of the facilities below are housed in the Tower, which opened in January 2012.

Emergency center

Rush's state-of-the-art emergency center is designed not only to better serve patients and families during emergency visits, but to meet the needs of the Chicago area in the event of a disaster.

The McCormick Foundation Center for Advanced Emergency Response provides an unprecedented level of readiness for large-scale health emergencies, such as a mass outbreak or a terrorist attack. It also operates daily as an emergency room, with expanded capacity to handle 65,000 patient visits annually. 

Its entrance is just west of Ashland Avenue near Paulina Street on the north side of the new hospital, next to the Eisenhower Expressway.

Family Birth Center

Delivering and nurturing babies — including the most fragile and vulnerable — has long been a great strength of the specialists at Rush University Medical Center. Now, women have babies at Rush in a new space designed by those same specialists to support the best care.

The Rush Family Birth Center opened in 2014. Located in the Tower, every service related to delivering and caring for a baby is on the same floor:

  • Labor and delivery
  • Mother-baby suites for after delivery
  • Neonatal intensive care unit 

Surgical and interventional facilities: the interventional platform

Three consecutive floors in the Tower house all inpatient and outpatient diagnostic and therapeutic services. This “interventional platform,” one of only a few in the country, provides multiple advantages for patients and families. (“Interventional” procedures include nonsurgical, less invasive treatments such as cardiac catheterizations.)

The interventional platform creates the ideal environment for surgeons and other interventionalists to work together on patient care. Depending on their needs, patients may benefit from the combined expertise of multiple specialists.

The operating rooms within the interventional platform are large and accommodate highly specialized technology.

Orthopedic Building

The Orthopedic Building, which opened in 2009, is where virtually all orthopedic care takes place except for surgery. It is home to Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, a private practice of physicians on the medical staff at Rush University Medical Center.

In addition to orthopedics, the departments of rheumatology, communication disorders and sciences, and otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat) also see patients in the Orthopedic Building.

Rush University Cancer Center

The outpatient center of the Rush University Cancer Center opened in 2011 on the 10th floor of the Professional Building, tripling the size of the previous center.

Cancer care often involves multiple care providers — such as medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, surgeons and psychologists — and more than one type of treatment. The outpatient cancer center provides enough room to place most of Rush’s cancer care providers and treatment services side by side in a single location.

The center has 15 consultation rooms for physicians to meet with patients and families and for physicians to collaborate on cases. The center also includes the following:

  • Dedicated space for each of the Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Cancer Clinics.
  • A chemotherapy area with 56 infusion stations, 20 of them private.
  • The Cancer Integrative Medicine Program’s complementary therapies, such as nutritional counseling, psychosocial counseling, massage therapy and acupuncture, which promote patients’ sense of well-being and maintain their quality of life.
  • State-of-the-art patient exam and procedure rooms equipped with technology that allows physicians and patients to review electronic records and diagnostic tests together.

Hybrid cardiac catheterization suite

Patients with heart defects can benefit from the hybrid cardiac catheterization suite.

The suite allows collaboration between cardiovascular-thoracic surgeons and interventional cardiologists on complex heart problems. For example, fixing a very large hole in the heart can be done by inserting a catheter through a small incision in the chest rather than relying on major surgery to open the chest to reach the heart.

The bi-plane hybrid cardiac suite is equipped with technologies for the following:

  • Real-time imaging and radio frequency identification (RFID).
  • Minimally invasive interventional cardiology, which involves use of a catheter and an image-guidance system to thread tiny instruments through blood vessels to repair the heart. Through these catheters, physicians can implant stents, artificial heart valves and insert patches for holes in the heart. In many complex cases, patients would need open-heart bypass surgery if this suite were not available.
  • Intravascular ultrasound, which takes real-time images showing physicians the progress of the procedure inside the patient’s body.