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Rush-Copley and Rush University Medical Center Announce Patient Cancer Conference Collaboration

Rush-Copley Medical Center and Rush University Medical Center are pleased to announce a new collaboration for cancer patient conferences that are designed to improve care by allowing physicians from both organizations to consult one another on cases via real-time, state-of-the-art teleconferencing that includes patient pathology and imaging.

Physicians from both hospitals will have the opportunity to present cases each week in up to as many as 11 different cancer subspecialties. The conferences initially will include digestive, lung and hematologic/blood disorders including leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes and lymphoma. Other cancer subspecialties that are planned to be phased in to the conferences include breast, brain tumor, gynecologic, head and neck cancers.

The patient’s pathology specimens and imaging are viewed simultaneously by all attending the conference and details about the patient’s medical history, current condition, and prognosis along with treatment options are fully discussed.

“Both Rush-Copley and Rush University Medical Center have enjoyed a long-standing commitment to quality patient care over the years. While there have been many clinical program relationships between our organizations, this collaborative effort for patient conferences in cancer subspecialties formalizes our approach and allows for physicians from both hospitals to regularly review specific cases for best practices in order to provide patients with optimal treatment plans,” said Barry C. Finn, President and CEO, Rush-Copley Medical Center. “Rush-Copley is pleased to be able to offer patients this direct connection to one of the country’s top academic medical centers.”

“Our goal is to bring together the best possible thinking and resources to bear on the care and treatment of patients with cancer from the Aurora area,” said Dr. Phillip Bonomi, section director of hematology and oncology, and professor of medicine at Rush. “This teleconferencing technology instantly brings together physicians who are 35 miles apart to share information and care strategies for their cancer patients.”

In addition, this partnership enhances access for patients eligible for clinical trials or other research programs as well as facilitates access to university-level care. To learn more visit

Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL, is a 210-bed hospital providing health and wellness services to the greater Fox Valley community. Nearly 500 physicians and 2,000 clinical and professional staff members provide advanced medicine and extraordinary care to patients. Rush-Copley is a member of the Rush-System for Health.

Rush is a not-for-profit academic medical center comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health. The four colleges of Rush University are Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, and the Graduate

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