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National Recognition and Accreditations

Numerous national organizations have recognized Rush for the quality of care we provide.

National recognition

Vizient: No. 1 Ranking for Quality of Care

The health care performance improvement company Vizient ranked Rush University Medical Center first among 93 U.S. academic medical centers in its 2019 Quality and Accountability Study. It is the seventh consecutive time Rush has been ranked among the top five in the annual study and the 11th time since the University HealthSystem Consortium, now part of Vizient, began the study in 2005. The 2019 study evaluated participating medical centers and hospitals on the basis of safety, mortality, clinical effectiveness, efficiency and patient centeredness. Learn more

U.S. News & World Report: Rush ranked among top 20 hospitals in the nation

In U.S. News & World Report's 2020-2021 Best Hospitals rankings, Rush University Medical Center ranked 17th out nearly 3,000 hospitals evaluated, qualifying for the Honor Roll. Rush ranked among the top 50 hospitals in eleven specialties, with two in the top ten and three the highest ranked programs in Illinois. Fewer than 5% of U.S. hospitals receive high enough scores to rank nationally in even one specialty.

The Medical Center is ranked in orthopedics (5th in the country and No. 1 in Illinois), neurology and neurosurgery (4th), gynecology (13th, tops in Illinois), geriatrics (14th), kidney disease (nephrology) (11th), cancer (48th), cardiology (34th), diabetes and endocrinology (42nd), ear, nose and throat (47th), gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery (31st) and pulmonary and lung surgery (30th). In addition to the national rankings of these eleven programs, U.S. News gave Rush “High Performing” status to Rush's urology program. Learn more.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: five-star rating

All three Rush University System for Health hospitals received high marks for quality and patient experience from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), with Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital earning five-star ratings (the highest designation) and Rush Copley Medical Center earning four stars. Learn more.

Newsweek: Among the Top 25 Hospitals in the United States

A recent survey of peers and patients by Newsweek ranked Rush University Medical Center No. 24 among hospitals in the United States. In its second year, Newsweek’s “World’s Best Hospitals” rankings compare more than 280 hospitals around the globe. Not only was Rush numerically ranked in the top 25, it has also earned the No. 2 spot in Illinois. The rankings are based on recommendations from medical professionals, results from patient surveys and key medical performance indicators.

The Leapfrog Group: top ratings for patient safety

Rush System hospitals again received high grades from the Leapfrog Group – a nonprofit patient safety watchdog organization. Rush Copley Medical Center now has received an ‘A’ grade, the best possible, for each of the 17 times Leapfrog has rated hospitals. Rush Oak Park Hospital received its eighth consecutive A and 10th overall, and Rush University Medical Center was close behind with a ‘B’ grade. Rush University Medical Center previously has received 13 consecutive ‘A’ grades. Leapfrog releases these grades twice-yearly, rating hospitals on their commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. Learn more.

The Leapfrog Group: top teaching hospital

Rush University Medical Center has been named a top teaching hospital by The Leapfrog Group. Rush is one of 36 hospitals to receive this designation, and one of two in Illinois. To receive this honor, hospitals needed to earn an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s twice –yearly safety evaluation (see above) and meet The Leapfrog Group’s rigorous standards of quality care related to categories such as inpatient care management, medication safety, maternity care and infection rates. Learn more.

The National Committee for Quality Assurance: Patient-Centered Medical Home

Seven primary care offices at Rush have been recognized as medical homes by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). These are the first physician practices at an academic medical center in Illinois to receive the prestigious NCQA’s Physician Practice Connections – Patient-Centered Medical Home level 3 designation — the highest recognition level awarded by NCQA. The emphasis is on keeping patients healthy, preventing illness and making the right care available to the patient at the right time.

Leader in LGBT Healthcare Equality

All three hospitals in the Rush University System for Health have been designated a "Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality" in the 2020 Healthcare Equality Index, an annual survey of how U.S. health care facilities treat lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer/questioning patients and their families, as well as their own LGBTQ employees. This year's designations mark the 12th consecutive year Rush University Medical Center has been designated as an LGBTQ leader, the seventh consecutive designation for Rush Oak Park Hospital, and the second consecutive designation for Rush Copley Medical Center. Learn more.

Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine: among the nation’s Most Wired hospitals

For demonstrating leadership in the use of information technology, Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital have been listed among the most wired hospitals in the nation. This is according to the results of the 2018 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study by Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

Truven Health Analytics: among the 100 top hospitals

Rush has been named one of the 100 Top Hospitals in the country by Truven Health Analytics three times. The hospitals included in the list were chosen out of the more than 3,000 hospitals that Truven analyzed. Rush was one of only 15 hospitals nationwide included in the list’s major teaching hospitals category. Learn more. among the 25 top hospitals to work for; top hospital in Illinois for nurses

Rush has been named one of the top 25 hospitals to work for in the United States by, the largest job search engine and job board in the U.S. The ranking, based on reviews of Rush by current and former employees, singles out Rush’s inspiring mission and diverse workforce as two contributors to the strong showing. In a separate evaluation, nursing career website ranked Rush No. 1 in its list of Best Hospitals in Illinois for Nurses in 2017. The rankings were based on more than 1500 surveys of nurses at 169 hospitals in the state. Learn more.

Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge winner

Rush is one of 24 winners of the 2017 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge. The winners include health care professionals, practices and systems who achieved blood pressure control for at least 70% of their adult patients with hypertension. This recognition is part of the Million Hearts initiative – a five-year effort co-led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

"Baby-Friendly" Designation

Rush University Medical Center received a “Baby-Friendly” designation from Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund. These organizations certify whether a hospital adheres to a rigorous series of evidence-based practices shown to increase breastfeeding. Only 409 hospitals in the country and just two academic medical centers in Illinois have earned this certification. Learn more.

Companies That Care Honor Roll

Rush University System for Health has been named to the 2020 Center for Companies That Care Honor Roll, a national list recognizing both for-profit and not-for-profit employers for outstanding workplace practices and active community involvement.The Rush system was chosen for the Honor Roll in recognition of support it provided to front-line health care workers and to the surrounding community, particularly its commitment to investigating the social determinants of health, including poverty, racial inequity and access to care. Learn more.

American Hospital Association honors Rush for equity of care

In 2019, the American Hospital Association named Rush University Medical Center an honoree for its annual Equity of Care Award for the fourth time in five years. This award recognizes hospitals and health systems for their efforts to reduce health care disparities and to advance diversity and inclusion. The Medical Center was among only five hospitals that received AHA honors for health equity this year. Learn more.

Beacon Award for Excellence: recognizing exemplary hospital units

The intermediate care area and intensive care unit at Rush Copley Medical Center, the intensive care unit at Rush Oak Park Hospital and the neuroscience intensive care unit at Rush University Medical Center all have received a Beacon Award for Excellence by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN). The Beacon Award recognizes individual hospital units that set the standard for excellence by using evidence-based information to improve patient outcomes, and patient and staff satisfaction. Learn more.

Among the "Best Places to Work for Disability and Inclusion"

Rush University Medical Center was named one of the “Best Places to Work for Disability and Inclusion" based on high scores it achieved in the 2020 Disability Equality Index, a comprehensive annual benchmarking tool that allows nationwide leading organizations to self-report their disability policies and practices. Learn more.

Accreditations and designations

Joint Commission accreditation

Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the Joint Commission, most recently in September of 2012. Rush's behavioral health program and Rush's pathology and clinical laboratories are also Joint Commission accredited. Rush's stroke program is certified as a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission. 

Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs

The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP) has awarded Rush full accreditation for three years. To earn accreditation by AAHRPP, an organization must meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and demonstrate a commitment to enhancing the appropriate safeguards and protecting the rights and welfare of research participants. Rush is one of the first academic medical centers in Illinois to receive this accreditation. Learn more.

Magnet Nursing Status: American Nurses Credentialing Center

For the fifth consecutive time, Rush University Medical Center has received Magnet status, the highest recognition given for nursing excellence. The designation recognizes Rush nursing staff for overall excellence and for providing the very best care to patients. Rush was first awarded the Magnet designation in 2002 and then again in 2006, 2010 and 2016. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving both adult and children to achieve Magnet status and is the only hospital for adults and children in the state to have five Magnet designations. Learn more.

Three-star designation for the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery: Society of Thoracic Surgeons

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons has designated the Rush Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery a three-star program for lobectomy. It is the society's highest rating and only is bestowed on the top five percent of thoracic surgery programs in the United States. Learn more.

Designation for the Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center: National Institute on Aging

The Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of only 31 Alzheimer's disease research centers across the country designated and funded by the National Institute on Aging of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. 

Accreditation for Rush University Cancer Center: American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer

Rush University Cancer Center programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. In the most recent survey, which took place in 2014, Rush received the best-in-class distinction of gold commendation. Rush has also achieved the Outstanding Achievement Award for four consecutive survey cycles.

Accreditation for the Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic: the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy

The Coleman Foundation Comprehensive Blood and Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Rush's transplant program is fully accredited for allogeneic and autologous marrow and peripheral blood progenitor cell transplantation, including cell collection and laboratory processing.

Center of Excellence Designation for Rush Breast Imaging Center: American College of Radiology

The Rush Breast Imaging Center has been designated a breast imaging center of excellence by the American College of Radiology. A center of excellence designation is awarded to breast imaging centers that have demonstrated excellence in breast imaging by achieving accreditation in mammography, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided biopsy and stereotactic breast biopsy. 

Center of Excellence for Parkinson's Disease Program: Parkinson's Foundation

Rush has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Parkinson's Foundation. As a Center of Excellence, Rush is part of a group of the world's leading Parkinson's specialists who are focused on changing the course of the disease, and are widely renowned for outstanding performance in Parkinson's research, care and outreach.

Center of Excellence (Level 2) Designation for Huntington's Disease Program: Huntington's Disease Society of America

The Huntington's disease program at Rush has been designated by the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) as a Center of Excellence since 2005. Rush was the first in Illinois to receive this distinction. As an HDSA Center of Excellence, Rush offers an elite, multidisciplinary, holistic approach to Huntington's disease care and research.

Center of Excellence for Tourette Syndrome: Tourette Syndrome Association of America (TAA)

The TAA Center of Excellence program aims to improve the quality of life of people with Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders by promoting the highest level of care, research, education and training, and advocacy and awareness for these conditions. In receiving this prestigious designation in 2019, Rush became the first and only TAA Center of Excellence in Illinois.

Level 4 Accreditation for the Rush Epilepsy Center: National Association of Epilepsy Centers

The Rush Epilepsy Center has been accredited as a Level 4 Epilepsy Center by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers (NAEC) for providing a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. NEAC defines four levels of epilepsy care and accredits centers that provide level 3 and 4 care. Among other advantages, a level 4 center provides the more complex forms of intensive neurodiagnostic monitoring, as well as more extensive medical, neuropsychological and psychosocial treatment.

Center for Comprehensive Care Designation for the Rush Multiple Sclerosis Center: National MS Society

Rush has been recognized as a Center for Comprehensive Care through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Partners in MS Care program. Centers for Comprehensive Care are led by clinicians with demonstrated knowledge and experience in treating MS; offer and coordinate a full array of medical, nursing, mental health, rehabilitation and social services and have a strong collaborative relationship with the National MS Society.

CurePSP Center of Care Designation for Rush's Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Program

Rush’s Section of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders has been named a CurePSP Center of Care by CurePSP Inc. Centers of Care serve as leading sources of information and support for patients, their caregivers, researchers and health care professionals on neurodegenerative conditions. The recognition was given for excellence in care of and advancement in therapies for progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) and corticobasal degeneration (CBD) patients.

Research Center of Excellence for Lewy Body Dementia: Lewy Body Dementia Association

Rush is the only center in Illinois and one of only 33 centers nationwide to be named a Research Center of Excellence by the Lewy Body Dementia Association (LBDA). As an LBDA Center of Excellence, Rush is helping to streamline and standardize LBD science, providing the most advanced lewy body dementia care, and connecting patients and families with the latest opportunities to participate in LBD clinical trials. 

Clinical Research Center of Excellence for Rett Syndrome:

Rush has been designated as one of only 14 Rett Syndrome Clinical Research Centers of Excellence in the nation, and the only one in Illinois, by (formerly the International Rett Syndrome Foundation). As a Rett Syndrome Clinical Research Center of Excellence, Rush features a team of specialists with substantial experience in the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of people with Rett syndrome; partners with families and community health care providers to deliver care that is comprehensive and appropriate for each family's individual needs; and is dedicated to streamlining care delivery.

Gold Level Center of Excellence in Life Support for ECMO: International Extracorporeal Life Support Organization

In 2019, Rush was once again designated a Gold Level Center of Excellence in Life Support for both adult and pediatric extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) patients. The award, given by the International Extracorporeal Life Support Organization (ELSO), recognizes Rush as a distinguished leader in critical care for ECMO, a therapy that uses an artificial heart and lung bypass machine to support patients whose organs are failing despite all other treatments. Rush was the first adult and pediatric medical center in Illinois to receive the Gold Level designation from the ELSO (in 2016). The latest designation extends the recognition until 2022.

Other program recognitions

Heart care program recognition

  • NCDR ACTION Registry–GWTG Gold Performance Achievement Award: American College of Cardiology
    Rush is one of only 78 hospitals nationwide to receive this honor in 2015. The award recognizes Rush’s commitment to and success in implementing a higher standard of care for heart attack patients. It also signifies that Rush has reached an aggressive goal of treating these patients to standard levels of care as outlined by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association clinical guidelines and recommendations.
  • Mission: Lifeline STEMI Accreditation: the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
    This accreditation is provided through a partnership between the American Heart Association and the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care. To earn this accreditation, hospitals must meet standards for prompt, appropriate heart attack treatment, including lifesaving procedures such as percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on a 24/7 basis. Rush is one of only two hospitals in Chicago to receive this accreditation.

Rehabilitation accreditation

  • The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities
    The Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) is an independent, not-for-profit accreditor of health and human services. Accreditation involves an on-site survey to determine whether a facility operates in accordance with CARF's standards of quality. The Johnson R. Bowman Health Center at Rush has received the maximum three-year accreditation from CARF for both its general inpatient rehabilitation program and its stroke specialty program.

Pathology and laboratories accreditation

  • The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Joint Commission
    The laboratories at Rush are accredited by the College of American Pathologists and the Joint Commission. Joint Commission laboratory accreditation standards address processes that follow laboratory specimens through the laboratory from collection to result reporting, focusing on the provision of high quality, safe laboratory services.

Stroke care recognition

  • Certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center - the Joint Commission
    Rush has been certified as a comprehensive stroke center by the Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. The certification confirms that Rush's stroke program has met the highest national standards for safety and quality of care, and further enhances its national reputation as an innovator in health care.
  • Gold Seal of Approval to the Stroke Program at Rush - the Joint Commission
    Earning the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission, the stroke program at Rush has been certified as a primary stroke center. This certification recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes for stroke care.
  • Gold Plus Achievement Award and Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award - American Heart Association/American Stroke Association
    Rush is one of only two hospitals in Chicago to receive both the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's (AHA/ASA) Get With The Guidelines – Stroke Gold Plus Achievement Award and the AHA/ASA's Target: Stroke Elite Plus Honor Roll Award. These prestigious awards recognize Rush's commitment to providing the most appropriate stroke treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.