Rush Hosts Annual Lung Cancer Vigil

cancer support_thinkstock_edited-1An estimated 174,000 Americans are diagnosed with lung cancer every year. On Thursday, Nov. 14, Rush hosted the fifth annual Shine a Light on Lung Cancer Vigil — the largest coordinated awareness event for the disease.

The vigil was a gathering of hope, support and compassion for people living with lung cancer. Those who have died from the disease were honored with the lighting of glow sticks.

Such vigils provide a voice for the millions impacted by lung cancer. It empowers attendees by creating a unifying call to action to triple survivorship by the end of the decade.

Free Health Screenings Offered at Diabetes Fair

Diabetes testing_ThinkstockNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month, making it a good time to recommit to controlling the disease. Rush is holding a diabetes fair Friday to raise awareness about the disease, and to provide education and resources on ways to better manage it.

The event will be held on the first floor of 1650 W. Harrison St. in Chicago from 10 a.m. to noon. People who come to the event will have an opportunity to partake in several activities:

  • Participate in free health screenings
  • Meet with a nurse, a dietitian and a pharmacist, who will answer questions about diabetes management, diet and medication
  • Learn more about and sign up for a free “Take Charge of Your Diabetes” six-week workshop
  • Take a mini-exercise class and jump-start your fitness routine
  • Play fun, educational games and be enter to win raffle prizes

There are 25 million Americans living with diabetes and 79 million more are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Call (800) 757-0202 to learn more.

Veterans Get Help With Transition to Civilian Life

KenMarionLike many U.S. military veterans, Ken Marion struggled to land a job when he returned from serving his country in Iraq.

He enrolled in college, but between his class schedule, insomnia from anxiety that developed from his military service, and his limited work experience in civilian jobs, finding a job was a challenge. That persisted for years until he was given a chance to work on a state-of-the-art information technology project at Rush University Medical Center.

Recognizing the needs of Chicago-area veterans like Marion, Rush developed a program to train military veterans in health care IT technology to help jump start their careers. Marion is one of the first veterans hired into the program at Rush, which offers a six-month temporary stipend with flexible hours to veterans. The goal is to help improve the quality of life of service members who returned to civilian life with combat-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injury (TBI), according to Jaime Parent, vice president of IT Operations and associate chief information officer.

“Coming back from Iraq, I didn’t have the type of work experience employers were looking for and I had some disabilities as additional challenges,” Marion said. “This program at Rush is giving me knowledge and work experience in a booming field, and just as valuable are the references that I will gain.”

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Mayor Helps Announce Donation from BMO Harris

Rush welcomed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to a news conference Friday. He helped announce a $5 million donation from BMO Harris Bank that will help Rush expand a program to train students for new jobs needed to deliver high-quality care to Chicago’s underserved communities on the West and South Sides.

Check out some video from the news conference.

Rush Receives $5 Million Donation for Education Effort

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.”

Rush Earns “A” for Patient Safety in Leapfrog Survey

CancerAnnualReport_041913_1Rush 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 Ranked Fifth in UHC’s Annual Quality Study

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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.

Read the news release.