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Rush to expand academic medicine to western suburbs

Rush University Medical Center and Rush-Copley Medical Center have announced that they intend to redefine their existing relationship to expand academic medicine in Chicago’s western suburbs. Under their common parent, Rush University Medical Center and Rush-Copley will fully integrate clinical, research, education and community priorities, according to a news release.

“Our 30-year partnership has stood the test of time with great success, and we are excited to meaningfully enhance our work together,” Chief Executive Officer of Rush University Medical Center and President of Rush University Dr. Larry Goodman said in the release. “We can continue to improve patient care by uniting under a shared vision for clinical coordination, health care education and research at every level.”

Rush University Medical Center will expand clinical research, the training of future physicians and other providers and specialty medical programs at Rush-Copley, which is based in Aurora. These programs look to build upon existing clinical partnerships in stroke care, cancer and cardiovascular surgery.

“Our commitment to patients is strong, and enhancing our work together allows Rush-Copley to expand our personalized, community care with increased access to academic medicine,” President and Chief Executive Officer of Rush-Copley Barry Finn said in the release. “This is a meaningful partnership for both of our organizations and is really unique in the marketplace. While others are consolidating services within systems, we are investing in new services and adding them to our community.”

Streamlining governance will help the Rush system move toward its goal of providing a single level of quality and commitment to the communities it serves. Greater integration is expected to enhance access to Rush University Medical Center’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 Rush University Medical Center;

• Expanded opportunities for workforce 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 Rush University Medical Center chairman, William Goodyear.

Goodman will serve as chief executive officer of the new Rush system. Finn will continue as CEO of Rush-Copley and will also serve as an executive officer of the Rush system.

Rush Oak Park Hospital Inc. and the other existing affiliates of Rush University Medical Center 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 more than 1,800 employed and private physicians. It will have hospitals in Chicago, Aurora and Oak Park, as well as numerous outpatient and ambulatory facilities throughout the Chicago area. The new structure and organization is expected to be operational in early 2017.

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