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National Recognition and Accreditations

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

National recognition

U.S. News & World Report: seven Rush specialties ranked among the best

In U.S. News & World Report's 2015-2016 Best Hospitals issue, Rush ranked among the top 50 hospitals in seven of 16 categories. Just 137 out of almost 5,000 hospitals in the United States, about 3 percent, scored high enough this year to rank in even a single specialty, according to the magazine. Rush is ranked in orthopedics (No. 6 in the country and No. 1 in Illinois), geriatrics (No. 15); neurology and neurosurgery (No. 15); nephrology (No. 27); gynecology (No. 33); urology (No. 36); and cancer (No. 40). 

University HealthSystem Consortium: Quality Leadership Award

Rush has received the University HealthSystem Consortium's Quality Leadership Award, ranking second among more than 100 academic medical centers. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois to receive this award. The 2015 study evaluated the UHC’s member hospitals on the basis of mortality, effectiveness, safety, patient centeredness and equity of care. Rush attained a perfect score in the equity of care category. This means the results of Rush patients’ care do not vary due to differences in gender, race or socioeconomic status. Learn more.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services: four-star patient rating

Patients have deemed Rush University Medical Center the highest-rated hospital in Chicago in a new nationwide rating system by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Rush was among only eight hospitals in the greater Chicago area to receive four out of five possible stars in the new CMS ratings, which reflect patients’ opinions about their experience while receiving care. No other hospital within the city of Chicago received a four-star rating, and no hospital in the area received five stars. The ratings include almost 3,500 Medicare-certified acute care hospitals and drew on data from an ongoing CMS survey of patients about their experience. Learn more.

American Hospital Association: Equity of Care Award

Rush has been named a finalist for the American Hospital Association’s Equity of Care Award for its efforts to reduce health care disparities and promote diversity within the organization’s leadership and staff. Learn more.

The Leapfrog Group: top rating for patient safety

For the ninth consecutive time, Rush received an A grade in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals. Only 98 of the 2,571 hospitals evaluated have received straight A's. The score represents Rush’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections while they are in the hospital. 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.

The Human Rights Campaign: leader in LGBT health care equality

For the eighth consecutive year, Rush has been named a leader in LGBT health care equality in the Healthcare Equality Index (HEI) report. The HEI evaluates the nation's hospitals on their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender patients, their families and hospital employees. Learn more.

The American College of Surgeons: exemplary outcomes for surgical care 

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP) has recognized Rush as one of 26 out of 300 ACS NSQIP participating hospitals that have achieved exemplary outcomes for surgical patient care. The 26 hospitals commended achieved the distinction of attaining exemplary results in two or more of five areas.

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

For demonstrating leadership in the use of information technology, Rush has been listed among the most wired hospitals in the nation. This is according to the results of the 2015 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.


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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. The Heart Failure, Transplant and Medical Circulatory Support Program at Rush is certified as a Ventricular Assist Device (VAD) Destination Therapy program 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 fourth consecutive time, Rush 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 and 2010. Rush was the first hospital in Illinois serving both adult and children to receive the designation. 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 29 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. 

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.
  • Ventricular Assist Device Destination Therapy Certification: the Joint Commission
    This certification recognizes Rush’s excellence in the use of ventricular assist device (VAD) as a destination therapy for patients with heart failure. To receive this certification, the program had to demonstrate that it complies with national standards, integrates evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and has an organized approach to performance improvement in place.
  • Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center: the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care
    Rush University Medical Center received chest pain center accreditation in February 2009, becoming the first academic medical center in Chicago to receive this honor. This accreditation was given by the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, a national not-for-profit international society dedicated to the belief that heart disease can be eliminated as the number one cause of death worldwide.

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 Performance Achievement Award to the Stroke Program at Rush: the American Stroke Association
    The stroke program at Rush has received the American Stroke Association's Get With the Guidelines-Stroke Gold Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the stroke program's success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care. Stroke patients at Rush receive treatment for at least 24 months according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.