Rush received an “A” for patient safety in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes health care safety and quality improvement.
The Leapfrog Group released the fall Hospital Safety Score grades on Oct. 23. This score represents Rush’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections.
“This grade is affirmation of our ongoing patient safety-focused initiatives and demonstrates the effort by Rush staff to implement strategies and practices that aim to continually improve quality and safety in health care,” said Peter Butler, president and COO of Rush.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of a group of leading national experts on patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families and is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety.
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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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Rush-Copley Medical Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora is the newest hospital member of the Rush Health collaborative provider network of hospitals and physicians, which focuses on improving the quality and cost of health care for patients.
“Our membership in Rush Health is a natural extension of our existing partnership with Rush University Medical Center,” said Barry C. Finn, president and CEO of Rush-Copley Medical Center. “For our patients, it’s a deeper collaboration that will result in a broader network of physicians and services with the goal of improving access to care and reducing costs.”
Rush Health creates partnerships among its physician and hospital members — from the electronic exchange of critical health information to collaboration on wellness and disease management programs. By sharing resources and services, members of Rush Health benefit from improved operations, and their patients receive higher quality, less costly and more coordinated care.
Members also share the costs of services associated with managing complex payer contracts and other resource-consuming administrative duties, so that physicians can focus on providing care for their patients.
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Celeste Napier, PhD
Celeste Napier, PhD, a renowned researcher, professor of pharmacology and psychiatry, and director of the Rush Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction, was invited to provide testimony on methamphetamine Sept. 18 to the Committee on Science, Space and Technology Subcommittee on Research and Technology of the U.S. House of Representatives. The goal of the House meeting is to find out how science can explore possible solutions for meth addiction and inform public policy.
Methamphetamine is a highly addictive drug that deteriorates a person’s mind and body. Through research, the effects on the brain can be understood so that therapies and treatments can be developed to help people who suffer from addiction.
In the subcommittee meeting titled “Meth Addiction: Using Science to Explore Solutions,” Napier explained to the committee what brain research has shown about meth abuse and what is needed to enable neuroscientists to fill in the gaps in our knowledge of meth abuse. She also provided examples of prevention programs and the role that educational institutions play in prevention.