Community Benefits Brochure 2014 by rushmedicalcenter


2014 Community Benefits Summary: 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 community.

In fiscal year 2013 (July 1,
2012, to June 30, 2013), the
cost to Rush to provide these
community benefits to the
West Side and the Chicago
area was more than $259
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 health
care services that benefit the
   Our Investment in the Community

   Rush believes in building a healthier community by
   trying to make health care accessible to everyone.
   When people come to Rush, they receive quality
   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              co m m u n i ty b e n e f i t s
                         a n d s e r v i ce s p rov i d e d by R u s h
                 i n f i s c a l ye a r 2 01 3

Unreimbursed medical care                                                    $183,985,477
  Charity care                                                                $ 3 7,719,169
  Unrecoverable patient debt                                                   $32,454,002
  Costs not covered by reimbursements for Medicare                             $51,565,997
  Costs not covered by reimbursements for Medicaid                             $62,246,309

Support for education programs                                                 $43,617,583

Support for research programs                                                  $16,460,000

Other community benefits                                                        $9,429,356

Subsidized health services                                                      $5,916,160

The information in this document is taken from the annual summary report of
community benefits prepared for the Illinois attorney general’s office. Only a portion
of Rush’s financial assistance programs meet the office’s definition of “charity care.”
Quality Care Regardless of a Patient’s Ability to Pay

The largest portion of the community benefits Rush
provided in fiscal year 2013 was nearly $184 million in
unreimbursed care for our patients. This amount was
an increase of roughly $9 million from the previous
fiscal year.

Rush provides an important safety net for Chicago area
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 who provide
  information that allows Rush to properly identify them.

• Unrecoverable patient debt — payments that were
  expected but not made by patients for health services
  that Rush provided.

• 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 quality care. This “equity of
care” has been recognized annually by the University
HealthSystem Consortium (UHC), an alliance of
approximately 90 percent of the nation’s not-for-profit
academic medical centers. UHC has consistently
awarded Rush the highest possible score for equity
of care in its annual quality and safety study.

In addition to quality care within the Medical Center,
many Chicagoans receive free medical care each year
at homeless shelters and other locations throughout the
city, thanks to volunteer programs staffed by students
at Rush University. Physicians, nurses, faculty and staff
from Rush also 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.
Community Programs

Rush’s dedication to strengthening the community
involves many members of the Rush family, from
students to physicians and nurses to support staff.
Approximately 90 percent of students at Rush University
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 individuals who are
homeless and low-income by partnering with a variety
of local clinics and programs, including the following:

• Haymarket Center
• Kids-Shelter Health Improvement Project
• School-Based Health Centers
• 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:

• Heart to Soles
• Reach Out and Read
• Instituto Health Science Career Academy
• Science and Math Excellence Network

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 2013, Rush provided more
than $43 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 graduation.


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 2013, Rush provided more than $16 million
to support these research activities. The following are
examples of the projects Rush supports:

• A study that shows utilizing community health
  care workers can be an effective way to help
  control diabetes among Mexican-Americans.

• A study that suggests elder abuse is linked to
 increased rates of hospitalization.
“When you know
people have a lot
invested in you and
are there to support
you, you figure out a
way to be successful,
and that builds
confidence. That has
stayed with me.”
– Porsha Love, former participant
in the Science and Math Excellence
Network, a program that provides
scientific equipment, teacher training
and a variety of hands-on experiences
to students and teachers in underserved
public schools surrounding Rush.
Rush Transformation

Rush’s campus continues to undergo a major
transformation that started in 2004, including a state-of-
the-art hospital building, called the Tower, which opened
in January 2012.

The Medical Center has wrapped up its new Rush Family
Birth Center on the eighth floor of the Tower and Atrium
buildings. The expanded labor and delivery unit includes
obstetrics triage, a labor lounge and 10 labor-delivery-
recovery rooms located next to the neonatal intensive care
unit, decreasing the amount of travel needed by vulnerable
and premature babies.

The completion of the Tower and Rush Family Birth Center
follows the opening of a five-story outpatient orthopedic
ambulatory building in November 2009, and an outpatient
cancer center in January 2011.

About Rush

Rush University Medical Center is a not-for-profit, health
care, education and research institution on the West Side
of Chicago. We are consistently ranked by U.S. News &
World Report as one of the top medical centers in the
country. The University HealthSystem Consortium, an
alliance of approximately 90 percent of the nation’s not-for-
profit academic medical centers, has consistently awarded
Rush the highest possible score for “equity of care” in
its annual quality and safety benchmarking study, which
measures whether patients receive the same quality of
treatment and have the same outcomes regardless of
their gender, race or socioeconomic status.

And Rush’s nurses have been awarded Magnet status — the
highest honor in nursing — three consecutive times. Rush
was the first hospital in Illinois serving adults and children to
receive Magnet status and the first in Illinois to earn a third
four-year designation.

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

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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