In a medical emergency, you can get timely, expert care at one of Rush's emergency departments. If you have a life-threatening condition, call 911 immediately.
The Rush Approach to Emergency Services
Each of Rush's emergency departments – in Chicago, Oak Park, Aurora and Yorkville — provide fast, expert care for a full range of medical problems in adults, children and babies. Staffed by highly experienced emergency medicine specialists, our EDs are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Rush takes extra precautions to prevent the spread of infections in our EDs, including the use of isolation rooms to care for patients who may have infectious diseases.
Because Rush is a major academic health system, our emergency medical staff can easily consult with on-call medical specialists who also work at Rush, including surgeons, neurologists and cardiologists.
If your condition is not an emergency, you can access one of Rush's walk-in urgent/convenient care centers instead.
Rush Excellence in Emergency Department Services
- Expert heart attack and stroke care: You will receive prompt intervention to prevent or treat heart attacks and strokes. In fact, we consistently beat national standards for the time it takes us to open blocked arteries, which means we save more heart muscle — and lives.
- Orthopedic excellence: If you have a broken bone, ligament tear or other injury that may require surgery, Rush can provide you with world-class orthopedic care. Rush University Medical Center is ranked No. 5 in the nation and No. 1 in Illinois for orthopedics by U.S. News & World Report.
- State-of-the-art intensive care. If you or your loved one requires intensive care, you will be cared for by our highly experienced ICU clinicians. Our ICUs are equipped with the latest advances in critical care.
- Preventing infections: Rush University Medical Center is one of 35 medical centers in the nation designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as having the highest standards in infection control. In addition to maintaining stringent cleaning and social distancing standards in the ED, we ensure all staff and patients have masks or other personal protective equipment and immediately isolate patients who arrive in the ED with symptoms of an infectious disease like COVID-19.