Coordination of services and accelerated technology means that more advanced care than ever before can be delivered outside of an academic medical center campus. A new expansion is enabling Rush to bring academic health care closer to home for residents of the western suburbs and beyond.
Building on a 30-year relationship and existing clinical partnerships, Rush University Medical Center and west suburban-based Rush Copley Medical Center recently fully integrated as one academic health system, operating under a common corporate parent.
Led by a 13-member system board of Rush University Medical Center and Rush Copley Medical Center trustees, the new entity fully integrates clinical, research, education and community priorities under a shared vision, governance and financial structure.
“This partnership is about ensuring our patients have access to the best care we can provide,” said Barry Finn, who will continue as president and CEO of Rush Copley and also serve as an executive officer of the Rush system. “It’s a meaningful investment in our communities and a commitment to the Rush vision of building the leading academic health system in the region and transforming health care. We’re proud to be an integral part of that.”
Michael Dandorph, president of Rush University Medical Center, is also serving as president of the Rush system, overseeing the system’s strategy and operations. “One of our key goals is to meaningfully expand access to our preeminent programs throughout the Rush system, working closely with our partners to set a new standard for quality and value across the region,” Dandorph said.
As part of the system’s larger effort to meet the unique needs of patient populations across the Chicago area, Rush opened a new River North outpatient health center, with another clinic planned for the South Loop. Rush Oak Park Hospital is replacing its 50-year-old emergency department, already under construction, due to an increased demand for emergency medical services. Meanwhile Rush broke ground in 2017 on a new facility in Oak Brook, which will house an outpatient surgery center, athletic performance programs, rehabilitation and outpatient services such as Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.
Looking ahead, Rush’s vision to bring some of the outpatient services and clinics currently spread across the Medical Center campus into a single integrated building will be realized. A new comprehensive outpatient care facility to be built on the northeast corner of Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street is planned to open in 2021.