Rush received a $5 million donation from BMO Harris Bank to expand a unique model of care that educates and trains students for new health care jobs needed to deliver high-quality, coordinated health care to Chicago’s underserved and low-income West and South Side communities.
This initiative is the only one in the country that brings together patient care, education, community service and rigorous evaluation designed to reduce costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
“We believe the approach to training and delivery of health care furthered by BMO Harris Bank’s donation is our best bet to combat current barriers to health care access,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush. “We are optimistic that this model is the future for delivering health care for Medicaid and low-income patients.”
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Rush University Medical Center again has received the University HealthSystem Consortium’s (UHC) Quality Leadership Award, ranking fifth among 101 academic medical centers in the annual study. Rush is the only medical center in Illinois to be listed among the top 10.
Medical centers that demonstrate excellence in delivering high-quality care received the award. The 2013 study evaluated 101 of UHC’s principal member hospitals on the basis of mortality, effectiveness, safety, patient centeredness and equity of care. Rush has attained a perfect score in the equity of care category — meaning patient care at Rush does not vary due to differences in gender, race or socioeconomic status — in every year that that the study has been conducted.
The results of the study were announced at UHC’s annual conference, held in Atlanta. Based in Chicago, UHC is an alliance of 118 academic medical centers and 299 of their affiliated hospitals representing the nation’s leading academic medical centers.
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Dr. Richard Fessler
Dr. Richard Fessler, one of the nation’s leading spine surgeons and researchers, joined Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Neurosurgery in July. Fessler comes to Rush from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he served as vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery.
“Fessler has been a pioneer in minimally invasive spine surgery,” said Dr. Richard Byrne, chairperson of the Department of Neurosurgery at Rush. “He has made significant research and clinical contributions to endoscopic and microendoscopic surgical developments, including microendoscopic discectomy and microendoscopic decompression of lumbar stenosis.” Continue reading
Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose has begun to play basketball for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee 1 ½ years ago. For Rose, the cost of not having surgery was clear — he is among the highest paid athletes in the world — but what does the average person have to lose?
For the first time, researchers have determined the economic benefit of having reconstructive ACL surgery, offering helpful information for the more than 200,000 people — often amateur athletes but including people of any age — who suffer ACL tears in the U.S. every year. The average lifetime benefit of having surgery is $50,000 per patient, and there is an estimated lifetime savings in the U.S. of $10.1 billion annually, according to a study published Oct. 2 in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
The figures include direct costs, such as the price of surgery and rehabilitation, and indirect factors, including the ability to work, earnings and disability payments.
“ACL reconstruction is the preferred cost-effective treatment strategy for ACL tears and yields reduced costs compared to rehabilitation alone once indirect cost factors are considered,” said Dr. Bernard Bach, one of the study’s authors and head of the division of sports medicine at Rush University Medical Center.
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The new hospital building at Rush University Medical Center, the Tower, received top honors in the health category at the 2013 World Architecture Festival in Singapore on Oct. 3. The World Architecture Festival is the largest architectural award festival.
The Tower’s competitors included the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, which is the official teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The other seven buildings that received consideration are all located outside of the U.S.
Judges noted that the Tower is “an innovative solution … a compelling result that challenges stereotypes of institutionalized health care.”
The Tower, which opened in January 2012, was designed using an “inside-out” approach. A focus on patient, family and staff comfort and improved outcomes inspired both the butterfly-shaped design of the bed tower and a number of interior design solutions to support and enhance an overall environment of health and wellness.
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