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Rush Community Benefits Executive Summary 2012


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									 Partnering to Improve
Our Community’s Future
  2012 Community Benefits: In Brief
     Rush University Medical Center
At Rush, our mission is to provide
quality medical care — whether it’s
on our campus or in the community.
Rush serves the greater Chicago area
by providing care for people with
limited means, educating future health
care providers, supporting research and
sending volunteers throughout our

In fiscal year 2011 (July 1, 2010, to June
30, 2011), the cost to Rush to provide
these community benefits to the West
Side and the Chicago area was more
than $220 million. Rush is able to
provide these benefits because it is a
not-for-profit organization, which means
that any revenue that remains after
paying expenses is reinvested in the
institution and its programs — including
a substantial portion dedicated to
community benefits.
Our Investment in the Community
Rush believes quality health care should be accessible
to everyone. When people come to Rush, they will
receive the absolute best care — even if they can’t
afford to pay for that care. Though the provision of
these medical services is frequently at a financial loss to
Rush, it is part of the greater community benefit that
we are proud to offer.

                            Total community benefits and
                             services for fiscal year 2011

Breakdown of benefits and services:

Unreimbursed medical care                                                      $143,411,665
 Charity care and financial assistance                                         $18,207,186
 Costs not covered by reimbursements
 for Medicare and Medicaid                                                     $86,436,308
 Expected payments not received                                                $38,768,171

Support for education programs                                                 $42,932,847

Support for research programs                                                  $18,343,000

Subsidized health services                                                     $10,022,334

Other community benefits                                                       $6,068,126
Notes: The information in this document is taken from the annual summary report of community
benefits prepared for the Illinois attorney general’s office, and it includes contributions from Rush
Oak Park Hospital. Only a portion of Rush’s financial assistance programs meet the office’s
definition of “charity care.”
Rush Delivers Quality Care Regardless
of a Patient’s Ability to Pay
The largest portion of the community benefits Rush
provided in fiscal year 2011 was more than $143 million
in unreimbursed care for our patients. This amount was
an increase of more than $7 million from the previous
fiscal year, driven in part by an increase in the number of
unemployed people without medical insurance. By treating
these patients, Rush offers an important safety net for
Chicago residents who don’t have the ability to pay for
their care.

Rush provides the following types of unreimbursed care:
•	Charity	care	—	care	that	is	provided	at	reduced	or	no		
  cost for patients who qualify for financial assistance
  under one of Rush’s policies and provide information
  that allows Rush to properly identify them.
•	Expected	patient	payments	that	aren’t	received	(also		
  known as “bad debt”).
•	Costs	not	fully	reimbursed	by	Medicare	and	Medicaid		
  for patients covered by these programs. Rush ranks
  among the top 10 hospitals in Illinois in both the
  number of Medicaid (public aid) patients treated and the
  total number of days these patients spent in the hospital.

Regardless of their ability to pay for treatment, or their
gender, race or socioeconomic status, all of our patients
receive the same high-quality care. This “equity of care”
has been recognized annually by the University HealthSys-
tem Consortium, an alliance of approximately 90 percent
of the nation’s not-for-profit academic medical centers. It
has consistently awarded Rush the highest possible score in
its annual quality and safety study.

In addition to quality care within the Medical Center,
many Chicagoans receive free medical care each year in
their own communities at such places as homeless shelters
and other locations throughout the city, through volunteer
programs staffed by students at Rush University. Physi-
cians, nurses, faculty and staff from Rush volunteer their
time, provide care, and mentor and guide the students as
they provide these essential health services for members of
Chicago’s most disadvantaged communities.
Building a Better Future
Rush’s dedication to strengthening the community
involves many members of the Rush family, from students
to physicians to support staff. Approximately 90 percent
of students at Rush volunteer in one or more community
service activities. Two Rush student programs — the Rush
Community Service Initiatives Program and RU Caring —
are designed to expose students to public health disparities
in the Chicago area, while also providing valuable services
to underserved communities. Volunteers from Rush
provide health services for homeless and low-income
individuals by partnering with a variety of local clinics and
programs, including the following:
•	Freedom	Center
•	Rush	Adolescent	Clinic
•	School-based	health	centers	at	Chicago	Public	Schools
•	The	Clinic	at	Franciscan	House	of	Mary	&	Joseph
•	The	CommunityHealth	Clinic
In addition to providing clinical services, students and staff
at Rush serve as community mentors through a variety of
programs, including the following:
•	BUDDIES	Program
•	Casa	Juan	Diego	Tutoring
•	Community	Education	and	Outreach
•	Maternal	Advocates	Program
•	Science	and	Math	Excellence	Network

Rush Prepares the Health Care Providers of the Future
Rush is committed to educating the next generation of
health care workers, even though tuition and grants do
not cover all of Rush University’s costs to provide this
education. In fiscal year 2011, Rush provided more than
$42 million in funding to help cover the costs of educating
and training future physicians, nurses and allied health
professionals — many of whom practice in Illinois after

Rush Funds Searches for New Treatments
In keeping with its mission to provide the best patient care,
Rush subsidizes medical research that focuses on improving
patient care now and in the future. In fiscal year 2011,
Rush provided more than $18 million to support these
research activities. The following are a few examples of the
research studies Rush supports:
•	A	large-scale	clinical	trial	that	has	shown	that	a	vaccine			
  combined with the immune-boosting drug interleukin-2
  can improve the response rate and progression-free
  survival of patients with advanced melanoma.
•	A	study	that	discovered	the	reason	why	the	body’s		            	
  natural killer cells are powerless against HIV.
•	A	study	of	an	experimental	drug	that	has	shown	promise			
  for treating children and adults with social withdrawal
  due to fragile X syndrome.
“ Public-private partnerships
  help the city of Chicago
  advance. Rush helps
  so many people who
  wouldn’t have gotten
  health care otherwise.”

     — Bob Fioretti, alderman, Chicago’s 2nd Ward
Impact of the Rush Transformation
In 2006, Rush reaffirmed its commitment to the community,
launching a 10-year redevelopment project to redesign and
reorient the campus and the way Rush provides medical
care. The cornerstone of the Rush Transformation project is
a leading-edge new hospital building that opened in January
2012. Its striking butterfly shape — based on input by clini-
cians to improve the quality, safety and efficiency of patient
care — is one of the latest additions to Chicago’s skyline.

Less visible than the new construction, but no less important,
are the opportunities for area residents created by the project.
To achieve this aim, the Medical Center collaborates with
local leaders and institutions to ensure that residents have the
skills to establish promising careers — and to keep the West
Side prospering long into the future.

For example, as part of an agreement between Rush and
nearby Malcolm X College, Rush University faculty
members help the college develop its health sciences
programs, and the Medical Center provides clinical training
opportunities for students in those programs. Rush also hosts
an annual job fair at the college, where it identifies, and
often hires, neighborhood talent.

Such talent gets applied in a variety of settings. For instance,
to help build the new hospital, Rush recruited and helped
provide training for construction workers from the area.
Rush also encouraged each of the contractors working on
the transformation to hire community residents.

For more information on the community benefits provided
by Rush or to make an appointment with a physician,
please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) or visit www.rush.edu.

Rush University Medical Center
1653 W. Congress Pkwy.
Chicago, IL 60612

PLEASE NOTE: All physicians featured in this publication are on the medical staff of Rush University
Medical Center. Some of the physicians are in private practice and, as independent practitioners,
are not employees or agents of Rush University Medical Center.
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