(CHICAGO) — Hundreds of students, faculty and employees at Rush were involved in a wide range of programs to improve the health and well-being of the communities surrounding Rush University Medical Center over the past year, according to the medical center’s annual community benefits report for 2013 (available online at www.rush.edu/cbr).
“Rush’s investment in the community stretches from charity care to community programs that have become bedrocks of Chicago’s West Side and beyond,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush. “Rush’s commitment to the community is long-standing and has grown.”
Rush University Medical Center and its affiliated Rush Oak Park Hospital provided more than $246 million in community benefits in fiscal year 2012 — an increase of roughly $26 million from the previous year.
The majority of Rush’s investment in the community, more than $175 million, covered costs for unreimbursed but much needed care that Rush provides to its patients. That includes charity care and financial assistance, which totaled more than $25 million, and subsidized care for Medicare and Medicaid patients, which totaled more than $108 million. Rush is among the top 10 hospital providers of Medicaid days in the state.
Rush is able to provide this level of community benefits because it is a not-for-profit organization. Rush reinvests any revenues in excess of expenses back into the organization for needed facilities, equipment and new program support, as well as the activities described in its community benefits report. One example is Rush’s collaboration with the City Colleges of Chicago. Rush is working with Malcolm X College to redesign its curriculum to offer degree programs in health care fields that are currently in demand, helping to advance career opportunities for graduates.
Additionally, Rush opened a new hospital building in January 2012, with a new, larger emergency department has seen a surge of people seeking care.
“Rush’s involvement helps build a healthier community, and our community programs are made possible partly because we continue to invest in the future,” Goodman said. “We provide funding for research that helps advance patient care, and we’re investing in the education of tomorrow’s health care leaders. These investments help us to provide high quality health care, regardless of a patient’s ability to pay.”
Rush’s community benefits report is available online at www.rush.edu/cbr. To obtain a printed version of the community benefits report, call 312-942-5579.