The Rush Associates Board

Members of the RUSH Associates Board converse around a table during an Annual Meeting.

The Rush Associates Board

The Rush Associates Board is a group of professionals, including emerging corporate and civic leaders, in the greater Chicago area. Board members are united by their commitment to Rush’s mission to improve the health of the individuals and diverse communities we serve through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships. Members serve as ambassadors for Rush University Medical Center and strive to improve patient care, advance groundbreaking medical research and education, and support the surrounding West Side community.

Rush Associates Board members have:

  • Raised more than $10 million (including board events and members’ individual giving) since 2006 to support patient care, research and community outreach
  • Supported 18 programs across Rush, benefitting a variety of areas — from health equity to clinical research to mental health care for veterans and their families to scholarship support
  • Assisted 4,800 West Side residents facing food insecurity
Rush Associates Board members are making an impact.

Rush Associates Board philanthropic support at a glance:

  • Research funding
  • Community outreach and health equity programs
  • NICU Resuscitation Room
  • Child Life staff position in the Emergency Department
  • Rush University Children's Hospital
Membership Benefits

“The Associates Board is perhaps the best way to begin a long-term relationship with Rush and provide an opportunity to make a positive impact with your time and resources.” –Jim Farrell, Rush Associates Board president

Read more about what Rush Associates Board members are saying on Instagram, Twitter/X and LinkedIn.

The Associates Board has a direct impact on Rush’s people and programs, as well as the surrounding community, through a commitment to philanthropy and volunteerism. Membership benefits include:

  • Insight into emerging health care trends, innovations and policies
  • Networking and access to other professionals, Rush leadership, physicians, trustees and Chicago-area civic and business leaders
  • Access to timely health care resources
  • Updates on Rush news
  • Invitations to exclusive Rush events
  • Volunteer opportunities to connect your networks and companies to community initiatives
  • Opportunities to spearhead meaningful fundraising initiatives that focus on Rush’s commitment to health equity in our neighboring communities
Get Involved

Rush Associates Board members’ volunteer leadership and annual support fuels Rush’s mission to deliver the best patient care. When you become a member of the Rush Associates Board, your participation delivers immediate results and makes a difference in the lives of the patients and community members we serve.

To be considered an active member of the Rush Associates Board, you are required to:

  • Pay annual dues of $1,000 per individual or $1,500 per couple
  • Participate in meetings, events and committees

The expectations of active members of the Rush Associates Board include:

  • Advocating for Rush in your professional and personal networks (including company involvement through matching and sponsorships)
  • Participating in Rush volunteer efforts
  • Expanding Rush’s reach and reputation in the community
  • Networking via social hours, annual meetings and events

Note: A Rush Associates Board Sustaining Member is an individual who is unable to meet the time commitment required to be an active member but supports the work of the Associates Board through an annual gift.

Members can pay their dues online at or send a check to the attention of:

Michelle Boardman
Rush University System for Health
Office of Philanthropy
(312) 942-6884

Interested in becoming a member? Contact Camille Morgan at to learn more.

For Members: Pay Rush Associates Board Member Dues