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Peter Butler Will Retire as Rush University Medical Center President

Michael J. Dandorph (left) and Peter Butler

(CHICAGO) -- Rush University Medical Center President Peter Butler will retire from the position at the end of June. Butler will continue to serve as professor and chair of the Department of Health Systems Management in Rush University’s College of Health Sciences.

Michael J. Dandorph, currently Rush’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, will succeed Butler as president and chief operating officer, effective July 1. The appointment combines the positions of chief operating officer and the president.

The announcements were made today by Dr. Larry J. Goodman, Rush CEO and president of Rush University.

Butler first came to Rush in 1982 and served in a number of positions of increasing responsibility until 1992, when he was appointed the senior vice president and chief administrative officer at the Henry Ford Health System in Detroit. Following that, he was named president and CEO of the Methodist Hospital System in Houston. He then became the CEO and president at Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie before returning to Rush University Medical Center in 2004 as executive vice president and chief operating officer. Butler has been president of Rush University Medical Center since 2010.

He was instrumental in the creation of the Rush I CARE values, planning Rush’s campus transformation and construction of the Tower hospital, and achieving the number five national ranking by U.S. News & World Report of the Health Systems Management master’s program in health care administration. He has also held numerous national leadership positions, including serving two terms on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and chairing a number of health care council and association boards.

“We are fortunate that Peter will be staying on as chair of the Department of Health Systems Management to help to inspire our health care leaders of the future,” Goodman said.

“Mike Dandorph is the ideal choice to succeed Peter Butler in this consolidated position, and I am confident his work in this new role will have a notable, long-term impact on Rush,” Goodman said. “Since Mike joined Rush as executive vice president in 2013, he has worked with me, Peter Butler and our leadership team to further develop our strategic plans and to integrate our clinical programs with a focus on high quality and cost effectiveness.”

Dandorph joined Rush in 2013 as executive vice president and executive director of Rush University Hospitals. In 2014, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. He has been responsible for overseeing Rush’s hospitals and ambulatory services, including the Tower and Atrium hospitals, Rush Children’s Hospital, the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center for inpatient geriatric and rehabilitative medicine, and Rush Oak Park Hospital in west suburban Oak Park. As a member of Rush’s executive leadership team, Dandorph held executive responsibilities for the institution’s clinical enterprise. He has been responsible for executing Rush’s strategic plans as well as providing management oversight for the development of high-quality, cost-effective and integrated clinical programs.

Prior to Rush, Dandorph served for 18 years at the University of Pennsylvania Health System in numerous roles, including most recently as senior vice president of strategy and business development. The health system includes four owned hospitals and more than 1,500 employed physicians. He was responsible for the significant expansion of Penn’s clinical enterprise through the effective integration of marketing, strategy and business development with clinical service line operations.

Dandorph received a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from William Patterson University in New Jersey and a master’s degree in health administration from Cornell University.

Rush continues to excel and improve in financial performance and clinical quality in what is arguably the country’s most dynamic industry. Last year, the nation’s three leading bond rating agencies each issued upgraded financial outlooks for the Rush Obligated Group, which includes Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush-Copley Medical Center. Also in 2015, Rush University Medical Center was ranked second among 102 leading academic medical centers in the United States in a study conducted by the UHC (University HealthSystem Consortium). The study evaluated participating member hospitals on the basis of mortality, effectiveness, safety, patient centeredness and equity of care. In addition, U.S. News & World Report’s ranked Rush among the best in the country in seven specialties last year in its annual “Best Hospitals” issue.


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