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Healthy Connections
Summer 2016

Enhancing Academic Medicine

Rush University Medical Center and Rush-Copley Expanding Partnership in Western Suburbs

Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) and Rush-Copley Medical Center recently announced they are redefining their existing relationship to expand academic medicine in Chicago’s western suburbs. Under their common parent, RUMC and Rush-Copley will work together on clinical, research, education and community priorities.

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.

Initiatives 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 electronic medical records system
  • Emergency medicine physician residency program at Rush-Copley and RUMC
  • Expanded opportunities for work force development, healthcare 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.

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. Learn more at

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