Connecting the Fox Valley to Academic Medicine
Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) and Rush-Copley Medical Center (Rush-Copley) are redefining their existing relationship to expand academic medicine in Chicago’s western suburbs. Under their common parent, RUMC and Rush-Copley will fully integrate clinical, research, education and community priorities.
Both organizations have enjoyed a 30-year partnership that has stood the test of time with great success. The shared goal is to continue to improve patient care by uniting under a common vision for clinical coordination, health care education and research at every level.
RUMC will expand clinical research, the training of future physicians and other providers and specialty medical programs at Rush-Copley. These programs will build upon existing clinical partnerships in stroke care, cancer and cardiovascular surgery.
The commitment to patients is strong, and working together allows Rush-Copley to expand its personalized, community care with increased access to academic medicine. This is a meaningful partnership for both of our organizations and is really unique in the marketplace. While others are consolidating services within systems, RUMC and Rush-Copley are investing in new services and adding them to the community.
Streamlining governance will help the Rush system toward its focused goal of providing a single-level of quality and commitment to the communities it serves. Greater integration is expected to enhance access to RUMC’s nationally ranked clinical programs. Specific initiatives are anticipated to include the following:
- Neurosciences clinical program development at Rush-Copley
- Neonatal and specialty pediatric program enhancement at Rush-Copley
- Expanded women’s health specialization and programming at Rush-Copley
- Consolidated Epic electronic medical records system at all facilities
- Emergency medicine physician residency program at Rush-Copley and RUMC
- Expanded opportunities for work force development, health care education and training throughout the Rush system
To accomplish these new initiatives, a Rush system board will be formed. The board will oversee vision and strategy for the system. It will be led by the RUMC Chairman, William Goodyear. Dr. Larry Goodman will serve as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the new Rush system. Barry Finn will continue as CEO of Rush-Copley and will also serve as an executive officer of the Rush system.
Each organization has received numerous recognitions for quality, and both are recognized as “A” rated for safety, quality and patient experience by the Leapfrog Group. The Rush Obligated Group, which includes RUMC, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Inc. and Rush-Copley, currently holds strong ratings and last year received a positive financial outlook from the nation’s three leading bond rating agencies.
Rush Oak Park Hospital, Inc. and the other existing affiliates of RUMC and Rush-Copley will also be included within the redefined Rush system. Each medical center will maintain its name as well as its individual board.
The Rush academic health system will include more than 12,000 employees and over 1,800 employed and private physicians. It will have hospitals in Chicago, Oak Park and Aurora as well as numerous outpatient and ambulatory facilities throughout the Chicagoland area. The new structure and organization is expected to be operational in early 2017.