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IT’S HOW MEDICINE SHOULD BE ® | SPRING 2011 ENERGY ISSUE • The elevators in the new parking garage at Rush University Medical Center capture the energy released during braking and feed it back into the garage’s electrical grid. • To save energy, sensors in all ofﬁces and staff work areas in the new hospital at Rush will automatically turn off the lights when the room is unoccupied. • An X-ray uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues, bones and organs. • Energy comes in many forms, including thermal (heat), radiant (light) and kinetic (motion). • In 2007, each person in the United States used the energy equivalent of, on average, 7,759 kilo- grams of oil, while each person in Germany used the equivalent of 4,027 kilograms and each person in India just 529 kilograms. • Acupuncture is based on the concept that the body has its own energy ﬂow, which must stay balanced for good health. INSIDE 2 Forces, vectors and knees: 4 Keep yourself energized: How the laws of physics What you can do to bolster affect osteoarthritis your energy level as you age WWW.RUSH.EDU STEP BY STEP: ENERGY, MOTION AND ... SHOES When you buy shoes, you’re probably thinking only about your feet. But the laws of physics tell us you should also consider your knees. It’s a matter “When your foot of force — and the energy that gets hits the ground, the transferred from the ground to your knees with every step. downward force from your step Wear and tear from the impact of all these steps can creates an upward eventually lead to painful knee osteoarthritis, a degen- ground reaction force erative joint disease that oc- that affects your leg.” curs when energy-absorbing joint cartilage breaks down. — Najia Shakoor, MD Modern supportive walking Najia Shakoor, MD, shoes might seem to be a has published and good solution. But research lectured widely on from Najia Shakoor, MD, the disease process a rheumatologist at Rush force you exert on the ground is sent right back Because Shakoor’s previous research showed and progression of osteoarthritis, espe- University Medical Center, up, transferring energy to your knee. barefoot walking decreases knee loading, she cially in the knee. found just the opposite. While you can’t control how your body’s joints and her colleagues designed flexible footwear are shaped, some elements of knee load are that mimics barefoot walking. In the lab, these THE TRANSFER OF ENERGY Knee load is the entirely within your control. That includes your “mobility shoes” significantly reduced knee load phrase researchers use to describe how a number weight and — as Shakoor and her colleagues compared with conventional walking shoes. of factors affect the knee. For example, the posi- discovered — your shoes. Volunteers from Shakoor’s earlier study are tion of your feet when they hit the ground contrib- “The very stable, supportive shoes were associ- now testing mobility shoes during everyday use, utes to knee load. So does the way you’re built — ated with the highest overall knee load compared and early results show they significantly reduce the angle between your feet, knees and hips. with more flat, flexible, lightweight shoes,” knee loads and knee pain. “When your foot hits the ground, the down- Shakoor says. Researchers at Rush are also studying whether ward force from your step creates an upward the right choice of footwear can go beyond ground reaction force that affects your leg,” ENERGY IN MOTION This connection between relieving pain and actually change the progres- Shakoor says. This ground reaction force can be shoes and knee joints came to light in the Motion sion of osteoarthritis. thought of as a force vector, and it involves a basic Analysis Laboratory at Rush. The lab is equipped Your doctor can tell you if flat, flexible law of physics — Newton’s third law of motion: For with a 3-D measurement system that records shoes might work to reduce your knee pain. every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. movement — energy transfer — as people walk They’re not the right answer for everyone — That means that with every step you take, whatever on a special platform. people who have foot problems may need more support. Although we can’t escape the laws of phy- Eventually, joint loading can cause serious damage, and joint replacement may sics, research continues to show us ways to MORE be the best solution. Find out more at the event ”Hip and Knee Replacements” make them work for — instead of against — on March 23. See calendar on page 7 for details. our joints. 2 WWW.RUSH.EDU POWERING THE PUMP YOUR HEART’S ELECTRICAL SYSTEM Energy — your muscles get it from the food you consume. They need it to do mechanical work, such as flexing, contracting and moving. But surprisingly, your most powerful muscle, your heart, is able to produce quite a different kind of power. “One of the amazing rhythm. However, like with any electrical device, the electrical energy in the wrong direction or at the things about the heart is that things can go wrong with this system. wrong speed. For 90 to 98 percent of patients, this it has the ability to gener- procedure restores the normal energy flow through ate its own electricity, which SHORT CIRCUITS The electrical impulse may the heart. “The great thing about ablation is it truly causes it to beat,” says move too quickly or too slowly through the heart. offers a cure,” Madias says. Christopher Madias, MD, an Or it might travel along the wrong pathways. electrophysiologist at Rush This results in heartbeats that are too fast or KEEPING THE BEAT No matter which arrhythmia University Medical Center. too slow. These irregular heart rhythms are known treatment you and your doctor choose, the goal of Christopher Madias, Electrophysiologists special- as arrhythmias. each is to restore the normal energy flow in your heart MD, researches ize in the study of the heart’s Some arrhythmias are linked to congenital prob- so it can function at just the right pace. sudden death in electrical system — the lems, such as extra pathways in the heart. Others athletes and ar- assembly of cells within the occur when the heart sustains damage from a If your heart needs help staying on beat, rhythmias in heart CALL failure patients. heart muscle that generates heart attack or other cardiac condition. experts at Rush can help. For more infor- and distributes the electrical While many arrhythmias are harmless, some can mation about the heart services available at Rush, call energy responsible for regulating the pumping be life-threatening. Your doctor can tell you which (888) 352-RUSH (7874). action of the heart. is which by determining the underlying cause of That pumping action provides your body the arrhythmia and whether it interferes with your with blood, which contains the nutrients your heart’s ability to pump blood. muscles need for fuel. So the electrical system If you do need treatment, several types are avail- not only keeps the heart going — it sparks able, depending on the kind of arrhythmia you the entire energy supply necessary for your have, the severity of your symptoms and body’s functioning. whether you have any other conditions that could affect your treatment. For instance, FLIPPING THE SWITCH The electrical process if you have a slow heart rhythm, your begins in the sinus node, located in the upper doctor may prescribe medication or recom- right chamber of the heart, or the right atrium. mend a pacemaker — an implantable Sinus node “The sinus node cells are the intrinsic pace- device that regulates heart rhythm. If makers of the heart,” Madias says. These cells you have a fast heart rhythm, a cardiolo- contain electrically charged atoms that generate gist could implant a device called a electrical impulses. defibrillator or an electrophysiologist These impulses are sent through the heart via could perform a procedure known a series of cells similar to electrical wires. As the as ablation. Atrioventricular energy passes through these pathways, it causes During ablation, the electrophysiolo- node the heart muscle to contract, or pump. gist threads a catheter through a vein As long as the electrical charge continues flow- to the heart. Energy sent through the ing properly, your heart’s pacemaker has the catheter eliminates the excess tissues and energy it needs to maintain the correct pumping pathways in the heart that are moving Right ventricle Left ventricle Visit Rush for the event “Take Charge of Your Heart Health” on MORE Saturday, Feb. 19. See the calendar on page 7 for details. 3 USE IT OR LOSE IT: KEEP YOUR ENERGY AS YOU AGE The further we get from the boundless energy of childhood, the quicker we seem to run out of steam. But getting older endurance. Because aging muscles doesn’t automatically lose mass and strength, it’s important sideline you from being to maintain or even build muscle active, says Robert strength as you grow older with Bowser, MD, a family regular strength training exercises, medicine physician at such as weightlifting. If you’re just Rush University Medical starting, try lifting a can of soup. Center. Move on to heavier weights or a Robert Bowser, MD, Usually, our energy weight machine. Fatigue: Is it is with the practice declines because of nor- » Maintain muscle elasticity. As Rush University mal changes. Both genes your muscles naturally become less cause for concern? Physicians at Lincoln and environment lead to flexible with age, stretching exercises Most people experience low energy at some Park. His areas of interest include pre- alterations in cells that are crucial to help you maintain the point. But it’s not always simply a matter of being ventive medicine and cause aging muscles to flexibility your body needs to stay tired. Sometimes it’s fatigue, a problem that can treating headaches. lose mass and strength active. Be sure to warm up for a be more complicated. and to become less flex- few minutes before stretching — According to Anne Hartley, MD, an internist ible. As a result, strenuous activities try jogging in place and pumping at Rush University Medical Center, the difference Anne Hartley, MD, become more tiring. your arms. Then slowly move into between tiredness and fatigue is not always easy is with the prac- These cellular changes also limit the your stretch as far as you can to deﬁne. However, with tiredness you can usu- tice Rush Univer- sity Internists. Her heart muscle’s pumping ability, reduc- without pain. Hold it for 10 to ally identify why you’re tired, and it will go away interests include ing the flow of oxygen-rich blood that 30 seconds. Repeat your stretch with adequate sleep or rest, she explains. Fatigue women’s health, provides energy to the cells. and try to stretch further. For exam- doesn’t always have a cause you can put your ﬁn- obesity, smok- “Though no one stays as energetic ples of specific stretches, visit ger on. It tends to be more persistent and impair ing cessation and as they were in childhood, we can www.rush.edu/discover. your ability to function normally. obstructive sleep delay the decline in energy and stay » Rest up. You can also get an energy When to see a doctor. “Fatigue is your body apnea. active as we age,” Bowser says. He boost from something as simple as trying to tell you something,” Hartley says. “It’s a fairly common rea- suggests the following to help bolster sleep. Adults need seven to eight son people see a doctor.” your energy level. hours of sleep each night for the Often it can be traced to a habit or routine — such as a poor diet, body to release enough of the hor- lack of exercise, stress or chronically getting inadequate sleep. But, » Improve your heart health. mones that help build and repair Hartley says, “If it’s going on without those things, fatigue may have a Aerobic exercise raises your heart muscles. And research suggests lack medical or psychological cause.” rate. Over time, that strengthens of sleep decreases the body’s produc- Those causes could include diseases of the heart or lungs, such your heart muscle so it can pump tion of glycogen, a carbohydrate that as heart failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder; diabetes; more blood, delivering more oxygen is stored for energy use during physi- an underactive thyroid; or obstructive sleep apnea. Fatigue may also and nutrients to muscles for energy, cal activity. point to anxiety or depression or be linked to medications. which can counteract the natural If these steps don’t help, see “Fatigue: “If fatigue lasts more than a week and isn’t accompanied by a read- decline of the heart’s capabilities. Is it cause for concern?” at right to ily identiﬁable cause, it’s time to see a doctor,” Hartley says. “We can Brisk walking is a good start. Work learn when you should see your doctor often uncover a cause and help patients feel better and have more up to bicycling, swimming or another for fatigue. energy.” aerobic activity. For most people, however, plenty If you have persistent fatigue, talk with a doctor. » Slow muscle loss and stimulate of exercise and a good night’s sleep CALL To find one, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874). muscle growth. Strong muscles make a good recipe for energy — at react faster and have more any age. 4 WWW.RUSH.EDU Easy as 1, 2, 3 ... Boost your 1 2 3 energy Power up with protein. Move your muscles. Sitting down Doze, if doable. A big The energy slump — it’s a common A high-protein snack can help after a big lunch can make people es- way to boost energy, Pai- midday occurrence that can leave restore energy by elevating pecially prone to drowsiness, Pai-Verma Verma says, is a power nap you drowsy at your desk or yawning your glucose level in a sus- says. A large meal itself can induce — just 10 to 20 minutes: during afternoon errands. tained manner, Pai-Verma drowsiness, but afternoon energy “It’s basically a chance Shaila Pai-Verma, MD, At those times, you might turn to says. She recommends yogurt also falls when the body’s circadian to recharge yourself.” is with the practice coffee or an energy drink for a quick or crackers with cheese. And rhythm — or 24-hour cycle — is in a Research shows naps im- Internal Medicine at pick-me-up, but that’s not what avoid sugary snacks: Although natural resting place. To help avoid a prove alertness. However, Rush. Her interests Shaila Pai-Verma, MD, an internist they can give you an immedi- dip in energy, use part of your break Pai-Verma warns against include high blood pressure, preventive at Rush University Medical Center, ate energy surge, they also to go for a brisk walk or take a trek napping for longer than a medicine and diabetes. recommends. Instead, she offers come with a slump when your up the stairs. Even just getting up and half-hour, which can leave these suggestions to ﬁght the slump blood sugar drops, typically an moving around can help. For example, you feeling groggy. and boost your energy. hour or so later. try doing push-ups against a wall. HEALING THE MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT THE POSITIVE POWER OF ENERGY In her fight against breast cancer, Randa Odishoo didn’t stop at chemotherapy and surgery. Through the Cancer Integrative Medicine Program at Rush University Medical Center, she also used less traditional therapies, such as yoga classes to soothe the side effects of her medication and massages to help break up scar tissue that remained after her mastectomy. “It got me through this whole ordeal, and it kept specific points across the body — to get patients’ qi that illness can cause pain and me in a positive state,” Odishoo says of the program, back on track by directing it along its proper course. emotional stress, but also that which offers patients at Rush an array of therapies to This process, she says, can ease such symptoms and alleviating pain and emotional complement their medical care. These therapies, from side effects as pain, nausea, fatigue, hot flashes and stress can play an important yoga and massage to counseling and hypnosis, tap into loss of appetite. role in treatment. the power of energy to bolster patients’ well-being. “If a patient is experiencing TAKING CONTROL Other therapies call on patients physical pain or emotional DIRECTING ENERGY How to take control of their own energy. Meditation, bio- pain, such as depression or do these therapies use energy? feedback and guided imagery, for example, all involve anxiety, they may start think- Janine Gauthier, PhD, a Angela Johnson, an oriental some form of deep breathing. Using this technique, ing, ‘I don’t have the energy licensed clinical psy- medicine practitioner in the pro- patients can lower their heart rates, decrease muscle to fight this anymore,’ ” says chologist, is the director of the Cancer Integrative gram, uses an ancient form of tension and diminish stress responses in the brain. Janine Gauthier, PhD, direc- Medicine Program and healing to channel her patients’ Such abilities can directly enhance traditional cancer tor of clinical services for the the Section of Psychoso- qi (pronounced “chee”). From a care: One patient in the program successfully used program. “Our goal is to cial Oncology at Rush. traditional Chinese perspective, deep breathing to lower her own blood pressure teach individuals strategies to we get sick when qi, or energy, after doctors told her it was too high for her to safely harness their energy — which is incredibly important Angela Johnson, stops flowing smoothly along receive chemotherapy. for healing.” DiplOM, is an the channels that run through- Efforts to consciously harness the body’s energy play oriental medicine out our bodies. So Johnson uses an important role in the program’s mission: healing WATCH Watch a video about the Cancer practitioner at Rush acupuncture — the stimulation, the whole person in mind, body and spirit. Grounded Integrative Medicine Program at who specializes in usually with fine needles, of in research, this holistic approach recognizes not only www.rush.edu/discover. acupuncture. 5 RUSH IN THE NEWS For other current clinical trials, visit www.rush.edu/clinicaltrials. Triumphant: Rush nurses honored for excellence A promising Many nurses go above and beyond their duties, but very best nursing care. The Magnet review long-term treatment at Rush, outstanding nursing care is the standard. process evaluated Rush nursing using the follow- Rush nurses were recently recognized again for this ing factors: quality patient outcomes; innovative, option for depression standard, earning Magnet designation — the highest patient-focused initiatives; efforts to improve Near the end of the 18th century, French honor in nursing — for the third consecutive time. patient safety; work environment; professional physician Pierre Pomme recommended Rush is the first hospital in Illinois serving adults development of the nursing staff; and efforts to chicken soup and cold baths for people and children to receive this four-year designation reduce turnover. with depression. Centuries later, options three times. Of the 5,000 hospitals nationwide, a little more for care have come a long way — and The honor is awarded by the American Nurses than 370 — approximately 7 percent — have Rush University Medical Center researchers Credentialing Center, an independently gov- received Magnet designation since the program was have found evidence of a treatment that erned organization within the American Nurses established in 1993 — and even fewer have received may take that progress even further. Association. It’s given to hospitals that provide the Magnet three times. A research study at Rush has found trans- cranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to be an effective long-term treatment option for major depression. CLINICAL TRIALS AT RUSH Antidepressant medications aren’t always effective, and their side effects can be hard to tolerate, leaving many without MEDITATION AND BEHAVIOR LUNG CANCER SCREENING STUDY alternatives for long-term care. TMS — a THERAPY FOR INSOMNIA The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine noninvasive technique that delivers mag- The Department of Behavioral Sciences is conducting a is participating in an international study to evaluate netic field pulses to the brain’s left pre- study to investigate a new approach for improving sleep the effectiveness of a screening test that may provide frontal cortex — received clearance from and daytime functioning in individuals with insomnia. early detection of lung cancer. Participants in the the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in This approach uses self-regulating techniques designed study, known as the International Early Lung Cancer October 2008 as a safe and effective treat- to promote relaxation, improve stress management and Action Project (I-ELCAP), will undergo computed ment for acute depression, but there had manage negative moods. The study does not involve tomography (CT) scanning to detect tiny nodules in been limited information on its long-term medication. the lungs that could be cancer in its earliest stages. benefits until Rush revealed its findings. Participants must meet the following criteria: Patients who have abnormal CT scans will receive “This is the only maintenance, follow-up • Be at least 21 years old follow-up care. study that assesses the long-term effec- • Have trouble falling or staying asleep Participants must meet the following criteria: tiveness of TMS in patients with major This is a partial list of inclusion and exclu- • Be at least 50 years old depression,” says Philip G. Janicak, MD, MORE sion criteria. For more information, please • Be a current or former smoker the study’s principal investigator and a psy- contact David Sholtes at (312) 563-4292. This is a partial list of inclusion and chiatrist at Rush. MORE exclusion criteria. 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Some of the physicians Hospital and Rush Health. 6 featured are in private practice and, as independent practitioners, are not agents or employees of Rush University Medical Center. | S AT U R D AY WWW.RUSH.EDU RUSH UPCOMING EVENTS FREE CLASSES FOR YOUR HEALTH | SPRING 2011 F R I D AY Rush Generations presents: Older adult and caregiver programs All of the following Rush Generations programs are held at Rush | University Medical Center, Searle Conference Center, fifth floor (Elevator II, Professional Building), 1725 W. Harrison St. T H U R S D AY For a complete and Prevention Strategies: Paving Identifying the Causes of can reclaim their lives using multi- CLICK up-to-date list of the Way to Good Health Chest Pain and Reducing disciplinary approaches, which often community wellness events at Rush, Tuesday, April 5 Your Risk for Heart Attack include behavior changes and physi- visit www.rush.edu/events, where 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22 cal therapy. you can also find presentations from Armour Academic Center Lecture: 10:30 a.m. to noon previous talks. 600 S. Paulina St., room 976 Blood pressure screenings: 9:45 to Insomnia and Other Join experts from the Rush University 10:30 a.m. and noon to 12:45 p.m. Sleep Disorders: Do You | Take Charge of Prevention Center to learn about Chest pain is one of the most Have a Sleep Problem? Your Heart Health screening, preventive programs and common reasons people seek Thursday, April 21 W E D N E S D AY Saturday, Feb. 19 treatments for a variety of inter- emergency medical help. Experts 10:30 a.m. to noon 8:30 a.m. to noon related conditions, including obesity, from the Rush Outpatient Chest Problems with sleep affect half of all Searle Conference Center diabetes, heart disease and hor- Pain Center will discuss this adults age 60 and older. Insufficient 1725 W. Harrison St., fifth floor monal imbalances. Find out how to important topic, including the sleep affects quality of life and can Join physicians from Rush for a com- improve your overall well-being by causes and management of chest cause serious issues, including injury, prehensive program about caring for changing your body and your mind pain. A question-and-answer accidents and mood problems. Join your heart. Be proactive about your and renewing your vitality through session will follow the talks. Free experts from the Sleep Disorders health and learn about the risk fitness and healthy eating habits. blood pressure readings will be Service and Research Center at factors — such as diabetes, high offered on a first-come, first- Rush to learn about the causes for | blood pressure and cholesterol — for served basis. insomnia, sleep apnea and other heart conditions, including arrhyth- sleep difficulties; when you should T U E S D AY mias, heart failure and vascular dis- Coping With Chronic Pain see a doctor; and the role relaxation ease, and the latest in research and Wednesday, March 23 techniques can play in treatment. clinical trials. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Screenings for insomnia and other Chronic pain can affect every aspect sleep disorders, including sleep Hip and Knee Replacements of a person’s life, including work, apnea, will be provided as part of Wednesday, March 23 relationships, and physical and emo- the lecture. 6 to 7 p.m. tional well-being. Join us to learn | Armour Academic Center about common pain syndromes in 600 S. Paulina St., older adults and how those affected | M O N D AY rooms 976 and 994 At Rush, an outstanding team of orthopedic surgeons, physical thera- CLICK You can get helpful health information in your e-mail inbox pists, nurses and researchers provide each month with our e-newsletter, DISCOVER RUSH ONLINE. joint replacement patients with spe- Sign up today at www.rush.edu/discover. cialized, innovative care. Join ortho- pedic surgeons to learn more about joint replacement. You will have a S U N D AY choice between hearing about the Because space is limited, please call to reserve your seat. hip or the knee. For more details and to register, call (888) 352-RUSH (7874). Free parking in the Rush garage is available with validation. 7 1700 W. Van Buren St., Suite 456 Nonproﬁt Org. U.S. Postage E-NEWSLETTER: DISCOVER RUSH ONLINE Chicago, IL 60612-3244 PAID Rush University Medical Center ENERGIZE YOUR NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION Already breaking your vow to lead a healthier lifestyle? Learn how to change your health habits for good in the February issue of Discover Rush Online. Sign up for the newsletter at www.rush.edu/discover. WWW.RUSH.EDU PEOPLE POWER NEW HOSPITAL DESIGN ENHANCES STAFF ENERGY EFFICIENCY Artist’s rendering of The new hospital at positioned closer to patient rooms and the new hospital Rush University Medical will offer clear views down hallways, Center, opening in enabling staff to see and respond to January 2012, was patient needs more quickly — saving designed with energy valuable time and energy. efficiency in mind. While Other design changes were also great time and effort made to conserve staff energy. In the were put into creating an new building, all medication rooms Eileen Dwyer, environmentally friendly and patient care supply areas will be RN, MS, collabo- building, the plans went in the same place on every floor, and rates with clinical beyond the physical all in-room supplies — from thermom- staff, consultants, environment. The new eters to blood pressure cuffs — have project managers, architects and de- design also addresses the designated locations. This means staff efficient use of human will spend less time searching for sup- signers to develop and implement energy — a force vital to plies and equipment and more time Taking the LEED in green efforts the Rush campus quality health care. with patients. In spring 2010, the new orthopedic building at Rush University Medical transformation. For example, instead of Dwyer says, “When the environ- Center received a gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) one central nurses’ sta- ment around them supports effi- certiﬁcation from the U.S. Green Building Council. tion, the new building will have many ciency, staff can keep their mental This certiﬁcation recognized Rush’s efforts to build the new facility smaller stations. “During planning, we and physical energies centered on according to the highest green building standards. Now Rush is seeking this decided to decentralize our nurses’ patient care.” same gold certiﬁcation for the new hospital. To make it as environmentally stations to achieve better patient care sound and energy-efﬁcient as possible, the new building will feature the fol- while conserving staff energy,” says lowing elements: Eileen Dwyer, RN, MS, a director in the To learn more about the Green roofs. These are believed to absorb heat and act as insulators, CLICK Office of Transformation at Rush. Rush Transformation, visit reducing the energy needed to provide heating and cooling. The decentralized stations will be www.rush.edu/discover. Light harvesting. Design elements, such as the butterﬂy shape, allow a larger amount of natural light into the building to reduce the need for artiﬁcial lighting. “When the environment around them High-efﬁciency heating and cooling equipment. Chilled water and supports efficiency, staff can keep their steam will circulate through the building via new pumps, and there will be a fan wall — a ﬂat structure built of small fans — that replaces a mental and physical energies centered larger, less efﬁcient fan. on patient care.” — Eileen Dwyer, RN, MS The beneﬁt of all these elements is clear: The new hospital building is pro- jected to use half the amount of energy most hospitals use. ENERGY CONSERVATION AT RUSH: To find out more about the energy-conserving choices Rush University Medical Center MORE ONLINE has made as part of the Rush Transformation, go to www.rush.edu. Learn about Rush’s other sustainability choices in the AT WWW.RUSH.EDU new hospital building, including water conservation and waste reduction efforts.
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