envisionRUSH News for Donors and Friends of Rush University Medical Center S P R I N G 2 014 Closing Chicago’s Health Care Gap PAG E 1 Support for New Simulation Center Personalizing Cancer Care Will Set Rush Apart PAG E 5 PAG E 3 L E A D E R S H I P M E S S AG E Rush, like so many of Chicago’s long-standing institutional citizens, owes much of its existence to generous friends who were determined to establish health care services worthy of a great city. From the city’s earliest families to today’s generous donors like BMO Harris Bank (see page 1), Chicago thrives on the generosity of its own. This issue of Envision Rush celebrates some of the ways that your support strengthens our community. To all those who donate their time and their funds to help Rush make Chicago a healthier place to live and work, I offer my sincere gratitude. Together, we’re making a difference. DIANE McKEEVER Senior Vice President, Philanthropy envisionRUSH Diane McKeever Ruthie Kott Senior Vice President, Philanthropy Contributing Writer Envision Rush is a publication of the Ofﬁce of Philanthropy at Rush University Medical Center. Lisa Aaronson Tiffany Manning Executive Director, Donor Relations Graphic Design For more information on giving to Rush, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 942-6830. Sarah Mickle Kevin Horan, Joshua Sears Photography Associate Director, Development Communications and the Rush Photo Group www.rush.edu/giving Contributing Photographers TO UNSUBSCRIBE: If you wish to be removed from our fundraising mailing list, please contact Rush’s Ofﬁce of Philanthropy by email at email@example.com, by phone at (312) 942-6830 or by mail at Ofﬁce of Philanthropy, 1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 250, 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 ©2014 Rush University Medical Center agents of Rush University Medical Center. Editor’s Update Open as of Feb. 21, the Road Home Program: The Center for Veterans and Their Families at Rush, which was featured in our Spring 2013 issue, is the ﬁrst effort by a Chicago academic medical center to provide comprehensive, on-site care, navigation and supportive counseling services for local veterans and military families suffering from the invisible wounds of war, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI). It will operate in a spirit of collaboration, connecting clients to social services, education and vocational programming via local organizations. Rush’s center will complement the many other important psychiatric and outreach services to veterans already offered by local Veterans Administration medical centers Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital; Jesse Brown VA Medical Center; and Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center. Closing Chicago’s (Left to right) Cheryl Lulias, president and executive director of the Medical Home Network; Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel; Cheryl Hyman, chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago; Rush CEO Larry Goodman, MD; and Bill Downe, president Health Care Gap and CEO of BMO Financial Group and a Rush trustee, at Rush’s Oct. 25 press conference announcing BMO Harris Bank’s grant. For many people in the Chicago area, it is hard to access health care education; and the Medical Home Network, which the medical care they need, resulting in delayed treatment or provides comprehensive primary care for Medicaid patients and unnecessary and costly trips to emergency rooms. Multiple allows primary care providers, community-based clinics and health care providers often treat the same patient with little or hospitals to share health information. no communication. Fragmented care and duplicated services decrease the quality of care patients receive, while increasing “We commend [Rush CEO] Larry Goodman, MD; the team at health care costs. A $5 million donation from BMO Harris Bank Rush; and their partners for creating such a compelling is helping Rush to break this expensive, inefﬁcient cycle. initiative. The issues of health, education, medical services and poverty are all key elements of BMO’s community efforts and Funding from BMO Harris Bank will set in motion new, areas where we know we can make a difference,” said Bill sustainable models of health care delivery to bolster care for Downe, president and CEO of BMO Financial Group. “We are people in underserved communities on Chicago’s West and especially pleased that this initiative will at the same time improve South sides. It also will develop educational curricula to train health care and create valuable jobs in the Chicago communities a new health care workforce, targeting health professionals that most need them.” like community health workers and care coordinators. This initiative represents a unique partnership between public Historically, BMO Harris Bank has invested in programs to and private institutions combating health and education eliminate disparities in education and health care. They continue disparities. Together, community-based care providers, that commitment with this initiative, which strengthens and community hospitals, an academic medical center and a accelerates existing collaboration among Rush; City Colleges of community college all work toward shared goals of improving Chicago and Malcolm X College, the City Colleges’ hub for education, patient care and, ultimately, community health. www.rush.edu/giving 1 CARING FOR OUR Most Vulnerable Q&A With Robert E. Kimura, MD, Director of Neonatology This spring Rush opens a 65,000-square-foot Rush Family Birth Center, dedicated to the care of newborns and their mothers. The new center includes labor and delivery rooms, a mother-baby unit and the Renée Schine Crown Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Thanks to a naming gift from Crown Family Philanthropies and major gifts from Northern Trust Corporation and the McCormick Family Foundation, the new NICU will be a place where at-risk babies can be cared for quickly and carefully with the most advanced technology. Robert E. Kimura, MD, speaks about the features of the new NICU, which will be housed in the Tower. R U S H FA M I LY B I R T H C E N T E R FA S T FAC T S What makes Rush’s new NICU distinctive? We will have advanced equipment and highly skilled doctors, nurses and staff single obstetric triage rooms where for those babies who need us, whether it’s right after birth or when the babies 5 pregnant women are assessed to determine the appropriate next steps have a critical event. We will have doctors here 24/7 and X-ray and ultrasound machines — all inside the NICU. We will also have a pioneering communication system that allows us to keep an eye on our patients around the clock. We were able to design this whole unit with these things in mind: the patient ﬂows, how 10 individual birthing suites we take care of patients, who will be available if a crisis happens. Single rooms are another key feature of the new NICU. Why did you 3 choose to accommodate families in single rooms? operating rooms for procedures such as C-sections First and foremost, those babies will be isolated from infection. Just by having babies in their own room, infection rates have been shown in many studies to decrease. The second most important thing is that the parents will be able to 5 bond with their baby privately. It’s really difﬁcult to do that when you’re sharing single recovery rooms a room with ﬁve other families. Why was it important for the NICU to be designed in an open space on the same ﬂoor as labor and delivery and the mother baby unit? 34 mother-baby single rooms Babies at Rush will move less often than babies at any other place I can think of: only once. Every time you move a baby there’s a risk. Since the NICU is so close to the delivery areas, a team of clinicians with appropriate equipment will be right there, just seconds after birth. They don’t have to go through an elevator; they 55 single NICU rooms don’t have to run through different buildings. The open ﬂoor plan ensures that, in the ﬁrst ﬁve to 20 minutes of life — the most critical time for newborns — we can give high-quality care at the time they need it most. Read more from our interview with Robert E. Kimura, MD, at www.rush.edu/envision. 2 envisionRUSH Support for New Simulation Center Will Set Rush Apart S imulation training saves lives. As students and health others to view, and later participants can review and analyze care providers learn to reﬁne their communication, their performances through a structured debrieﬁng process. master new techniques, improve procedures and streamline emergency response, this training greatly In addition to practice with patient simulators that display enhances patient safety. And a planned new Rush University lifelike responses to treatment and external stimuli, the new Simulation Center will allow Rush to offer even more of this center will incorporate a wet laboratory, where trainees can critical instruction. practice skills like central line insertions or surgical stitches using cadaveric body parts. Another program will allow With the 2003 opening of the Rush University Simulation students and staff to work with live actors posing as Laboratory, Rush was an early leader in simulation training. patients and family members, strengthening diagnostic Now Rush’s new 15,000-square-foot simulation center will and communication skills. increase access to high-quality clinical training — more than tripling the number of people who can be trained at According to the center’s Co-director Michelle Sergel, MD, any one time. the range of training opportunities that will set Rush’s center apart will also exemplify the commitment to quality of care Scheduled for completion later this year, seven new training and patient safety for which Rush is known. environments will simulate real-world patient care settings where students from across programs of study and “Simulation is a safe place to make mistakes,” Sergel said. “It’s multidisciplinary teams of caregivers — including physicians, where we practice unfamiliar techniques and new procedures, nurses, physician assistants and other allied health address our inefﬁciencies and learn from our errors, so that by professionals — can train together. Training sessions will be the time a team treats your loved one, they know exactly how digitally recorded and projected to an adjoining classroom for to get it right.” Rush depends on philanthropic support to make this vision a reality. In addition to early gifts from the Golden Lamp Society and the Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Nurses Alumni Association, The Sheba Foundation has supported the center with a $1 million gift and a $1 million challenge grant. The foundation will match, dollar for dollar, every gift the simulation center receives, up to $1 million. You may make a gift online at http://rush.convio.net/simcenter. www.rush.edu/giving 3 Rush Shows Gratitude to Loyal Donors The Anchor Cross Society, Rush’s leadership annual giving society, recognizes individuals and families who support Rush’s people and programs through annual gifts of $1,000 or more. In appreciation, the Anchor Cross Society recognizes its more than 600 members within ﬁve distinct giving levels: Chairman’s Circle ($25,000+), Visionary ($10,000 - $24,999), Innovator ($5,000 - $9,999), Partner ($2,500 - $4,999) and Friend ($1,000 - $2,499). All Anchor Cross Society members receive the following privileges: • Listing in Rush’s annual ﬁscal year Honor Roll (July 1 - June 30) • Invitations to Rush Rounds educational receptions • Envision Rush donor newsletter Additional programs and services, such as special communications and invitation to the Anchor Cross Society Annual Dinner, recognize donors who give at increasing levels of membership. For more information, contact Alex Kwak at All Benjamin Rush Society members and those Golden Lamp Society members (312) 942-6112 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. who give at the $1,000 level or above are additionally recognized through Anchor Cross Society membership. Learn more at www.rush.edu/acs. S T E WA R D S H I P S P O T L I G H T “As a longtime patient of Dr. Marshall Goldin, I can tell you that he is smart, personable and totally dedicated to the medical profession. With the establishment of the Marshall Goldin, MD - Abt Family Endowed Scholarship, deserving and dedicated Rush Medical College students will one day be able to help people in all walks of life who come to Rush seeking treatment. With these students’ knowledge and training, medicine will Marshall Goldin, MD - Abt Family continue to move forward and advance.” Endowed Scholarship BOB ABT Student recipients of the Marshall Goldin, MD - Abt Family Endowed Scholarship G rate ful p at i e nt of (left to right) Kit Yuen, Meagan Wettengel, Melissa Sifuentes and Bryce Austell with Marshall Goldin, MD (center) M a r sha ll D. G o l d in, M D 4 envisionRUSH Principal investigator Andrew Zloza, MD, PhD, uses a novel model to determine the best possible course of treatment for each individual patient. Emerging Research Personalizing CANCER CARE W “[This approach] deﬁes common hat if your doctor could predict how your speciﬁc immune system will respond to treatment and make adjustments accordingly, before care has scientiﬁc practice,” Zloza said. “We even begun? Research being done at Rush may lead to just that. have worked very hard ... in our Andrew Zloza, MD, PhD, and other researchers at Rush are endeavors at Rush to make this conducting studies that might lead to personalized medical care — treatment that is ﬁnely tuned to patients’ individual level of coordination possible.” immune systems and genetic proﬁles — for patients battling all types of cancer. “While this may seem simple, it deﬁes common scientiﬁc practice and, in many instances, requires a level of coordination With a novel mouse model, researchers use blood cells from an between basic scientists and clinicians that is difﬁcult to individual patient to “humanize” the mouse, or give it a human achieve,” said Zloza, who works closely with clinicians to obtain immune system. Then they transplant the patient’s diseased patient participation and blood and tissue samples needed for tissue (for example, a melanoma tumor) into the mouse that the study. “We have worked hard and been very lucky in our received that patient’s immune system. endeavors at Rush to make this level of coordination possible.” Now able to make small replicas of each patient’s immune With research spanning many types of cancer, Zloza is also response and disease process, physicians can see how a investigating a potential link between the body’s immune particular patient’s disease may progress and proactively response to viruses and immune response to cancer. His evaluate various therapies to maximize treatment outcomes work, including a planned expansion into pancreatic cancer and reduce possible adverse reactions. research, has received funding from Bears Care, the Charles J. The research is currently limited to melanoma and breast and Margaret Roberts Trust, the Massey family, the Segal cancer patients, but because of the research team’s successful Family Foundation and the Brian Piccolo Cancer Research collaboration with clinicians at Rush, Zloza believes the model Fund, which includes generous support from the Gavers could be readily applied to any number of cancers. Community Cancer Foundation. www.rush.edu/giving 5 VO L U N T E E R U P DAT E The Woman’s Board In October the Woman’s Board of Rush University Medical Center hosted its 87th annual fashion show, Breathtaking, at the Palmer House Hilton. This event is the longest continuously running charitable fashion show in the nation. Proceeds from this year’s show, which raised more than $500,000, supported research at Rush to develop a simple diagnostic blood test for lung cancer. Catherine King, president of the Woman’s Board, and Katherine Peterson, fashion show chairman, walk the runway. envisionRUSH S P R I N G 2 014 UPCOMING EVENTS Rush Rounds Anchor Cross Society Annual Dinner May 13, 2014 | Skokie Country Club | Glencoe, Ill. June 5, 2014 | Four Seasons Hotel | Chicago June 17, 2014 | Arts Club of Chicago | Chicago This invitation-only dinner celebrates the commitment and Rush Rounds is a series of discussions about health care generosity of Anchor Cross Society members at the Partner innovations at Rush. This spring and summer, we’ll feature level and above ($2,500+). To renew your membership and programs minding your mental health and technology in ensure your attendance, contact Alex Kwak at (312) 942-6112. health care. For more information on any of Rush’s upcoming events, please contact Kelly Parker in the Ofﬁce of Philanthropy at (312) 942-0699. 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