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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
                              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
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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.

         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.

                                                         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

                                                         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

                                                         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,

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Support for New Simulation Center Will Set Rush Apart

        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

     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
     who give at the $1,000 level or above are additionally recognized through
     Anchor Cross Society membership.                                                           Learn more at

     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

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                                                                          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.


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.

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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.

                                                                             Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research enterprise comprising Rush
                                                                             University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.

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