Your Care Team
A hospital is only as good as its doctors. There are more than 400 experienced doctors on the Rush-Copley medical staff. Your doctor is a member of the medical staff and has admitted you to the hospital. Your physician will order tests, medications and treatments as well as determine when you’re ready to go home.
Florence Nightingale’s vision for nursing was to treat the whole person, and the nurses at Rush-Copley do just that. Nurses are committed to serving your needs – and the needs of your family – throughout your physical, spiritual and emotional journey of healing. Nurses collaborate with your physician and other team members to plan your care and to educate you on the extent of your illness or injury.
Your case manager coordinates all aspects of your care. You most likely will receive a call from the case manager before your hospital stay.
Your clinical associate works with your nurse to change your dressings or to handle other basic care needs such as bathing.
These members of your team order and schedule your tests, answer telephone calls and help family members and visitors with questions.
The pastoral care team provides spiritual and emotional support for you and your family members. The team can also assist in contacting your own clergy person and in providing for your special sacramental, religious or cultural needs.
Dietitians create a diet that fits your treatment plan. They also advise you on setting and meeting long-range nutritional goals.
These professionals help you transition to home or other care resources outside the hospital.
Hospital associates ensure that your room is comfortable and clean.
These therapist help patients regain or develop the ability to perform everyday tasks such as dressing, cooking, eating and bathing.
With your satisfaction as Rush-Copley’s priority, the patient advocate provides immediate attention to any concerns about your care or to needs you want met.
Pharmacists review and check every medication order and provide medication counseling to you and your family during your stay.
Through exercise and rehabilitation, physical therapists will help you regain physical independence after surgery, injury or illness.
If you require imaging tests during your stay, these technologists will offer CAT scan, MRI, ultrasound and X-ray.
These healthcare professionals provide patients, who are here for a longer time, with opportunities to participate in leisure activities including games, art projects and organized events.
Residents are licensed physicians completing advanced training in specialty areas. They are essentially doctors in training who work with doctors on the medical staff.
Respiratory Care Therapists
These therapists care for those with breathing problems. They use advanced technology and provide information on the breathing care plan.
These professionals provide social, emotional, financial and family support and can refer you to community support networks and resources.
Speech Language Pathologists
When an illness or injury affects speech, you may meet with a speech pathologist to work out a plan for improvement of speech, language, voice and swallowing.
Rush-Copley has educational partnerships with area high schools and colleges. Students, accompanied by healthcare workers, may at times visit patients.
Volunteers provide a variety of services including transporting patients, offering reading material, overseeing the gift shop, pet therapy program and much more.