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Rush Day Hospital

Rush Day HospitalThe Rush Day Hospital treats people age 18 and older who are diagnosed with affective and anxiety disorders, personality disorders and other conditions that interfere with relationships and daily functioning. Many are professionals or college or graduate students who have had an interruption in functioning in roles that often require high levels of responsibility and accountability. 

Treatment at the Rush Day Hospital is a part of the continuum of mental health treatment at Rush. It provides intensive, goal-oriented, group-based programming to foster increased self-awareness and behavioral change. Target areas include symptom management, self-esteem and emotional regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, adaptive coping and relapse prevention.

The Rush Day Hospital provides individualized treatment within a dynamic, intensive group process focused on helping people better manage the symptoms of their illnesses, as well as other aspects of their lives. The Day Hospital team seeks to foster an inclusive climate in which differences are accepted, understood and valued.

An individual can seek treatment through the Rush Day Hospital at any stage of psychiatric illness, as long as 24-hour-a-day supervision is not required. Treatment may begin with the Partial Hospitalization Program. As patients achieve higher levels of functioning that still require intervention beyond individual therapy, they may choose alternate programming such as the Intensive Outpatient Program or group therapy.

Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP)

  • Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • The Partial Hospitalization Program is designed to provide an alternative to or a transition from treatment on an inpatient unit for individuals who do not need the security of 24-hour monitoring. PHP allows for a combination of group psychotherapy, medication management, psychotherapy, and activity programs to meet the needs of individuals with a variety of serious disturbances in their mental well-being, which may prevent them from adequately functioning in their vocational, school, home or social settings.

Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP)

  • Monday-Friday, 8:45 a.m. to noon
  • The Intensive Outpatient Program is a less intensive alternative to partial hospitalization for those who may still need a more concentrated treatment setting than outpatient. Individuals in IOP participate in three hours of group therapy per day for up to five days per week. Participants in the IOP have the opportunity to utilize the therapeutic groups to better understand problematic patterns as they maintain or reinstate life role functions and supportive connections in the community.

Clinical team

Treatment is provided by a staff that includes a psychiatrist, nurses, a case manager, social workers, expressive art therapists and recreational therapists. Together, they develop individualized treatment plans for patients based on their particular needs and goals. 

  • Peter M. Fink, MD, medical director
  • Cheryl Siegall, MS, RN, PMHCNS-BC, program director
  • Dee Dee Sanford, RN-BC, MBA, assistant unit director



Rush Day Hospital
Rush West Campus
2150 W. Harrison St.
Second floor
Chicago, IL 60612