Leadership Transition at Rush Oak Park Hospital

Bruce Elegant to retire; Dino Rumoro to become president and CEO

Public Health December 11, 2020
Bruce Elegant and Dino Rumoro

After more than 20 years as president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital, Bruce Elegant has decided to retire at the end of June. Elegant’s leadership over the years led to several clinical advancements, capital improvements, and awards and recognitions, including for patient safety and health care equality. The Rush Oak Hospital board of directors is grateful to Elegant for his countless contributions, particularly for his leadership during the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Rush is pleased to share that Dino Rumoro, DO, MPH, FACEP, chairperson of the Department of Emergency Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, will be transitioning into the role of CEO, Rush Oak Park Hospital, effective July 1, 2021. Elegant and Rumoro will work collaboratively over the next several months to ensure a smooth leadership transition by July 1, 2021.  

The search committee, made up of ROPH Board members and physician leadership, selected Rumoro after conducting an external search, which resulted in a broad, diverse candidate pool. He is a visionary leader who established Rush University Medical Center’s clinical/academic Department of Emergency Medicine. He also transformed the Medical Center’s Emergency Department into a state-of-the-art center for emergency preparedness, which has been essential to the Medical Center’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In addition to leading the Department of Emergency Medicine, Rumoro also serves as the vice dean of the Office of Integrated Education and Clinical Faculty Operations in Rush Medical College and served as acting dean of Rush Medical College until Badrinath Konety, MBBS, MBA, joined Rush as dean. 

Rumoro previously served as clinical transformation officer in the Office of Transformation during the construction of the Medical Center’s hospital Tower, and he was president of the medical staff from 2015 to 2017. As clinical transformation officer, he oversaw the planning, design and construction of the Tower and other major renovations on the Medical Center campus — a $1 billion project — that have enhanced patient care and the patient experience and have received numerous awards and accolades. 

Rumoro joined Rush in 2001 as clinical chairperson of the Department of Emergency Medicine, and he led the transformation of the department. He developed the Advanced Trauma Training Program, which provides pre-deployment advanced medical training for the military, and has overseen the department’s creation of the Rush system’s residency program in Emergency Medicine. Over his career, he has received more than $25 million in federal research and training grants. Prior to joining Rush, he was the co-founder and associate director of the emergency medicine residency program at Resurrection Hospital.

Rumoro earned his medical degree from the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, Midwestern University, and completed a residency in emergency medicine at Cook County Hospital (now John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County), where he served as chief resident. He has also earned a Master’s of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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