Rush Community Benefits Executive Summary 2011 by rushmedicalcenter


									Our Investment in the Community                                                                                                                                                   Transforming Our Community Through         At Rush, our mission is to provide
Rush believes quality health care should be accessible
to everyone. When people come to Rush, they will                                                        For more information on the community benefits                            Education and Research                     the best possible medical care —
receive the absolute best care — even if they can’t                                                    provided by Rush, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874)                        Community Benefits Report 2011: In Brief   whether it’s on our campus or in the
                                                                                                         and ask for a full report, or visit
afford to pay for that care. Though the provision of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             community. Rush serves the greater
these medical services is frequently at a financial loss
to Rush, it is part of the greater community benefit                                                                                                                                                                         Chicago community by providing
that we are proud to offer.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             care for people with limited means,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             educating future health care
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             providers, supporting research
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             and volunteering throughout our

                                                                                                                                                                                                                             In fiscal year 2010 (July 1, 2009,
                      $200,697,634                                                                                                                                                                                           to June 30, 2010), the cost to Rush
                     Total community benefits and                                                                                                                                                                            was more than $200 million to
                      services for fiscal year 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             provide these community benefits
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             to the West Side and the Chicago
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             area. Rush is able to provide these
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             benefits because it is a not-for-profit
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             organization, which means that
Breakdown of benefits and services:
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             any revenue that remains after
Unreimbursed medical care                                                   $135,904,135
                                                                                                                                                                                                                             paying expenses is reinvested in
 Charity care and financial assistance                                      $17,472,649                                                                                                                                      the institution and its programs
 Expected payments not received                                             $34,059,308
 Costs not covered by reimbursements                                                                                                                                                                                         — including a substantial portion
 for Medicare and Medicaid                                                  $84,372,178                                                                                                                                      dedicated to community benefits.
Support for education programs                                              $40,365,868

Support for research programs                                               $13,808,000            Rush is a not-for-profit health care, education and research
                                                                                                   enterprise comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush
Other community benefits                                                    $5,792,489             University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Health.
Subsidized health services                                                  $4,827,142
                                                                                                   PLEASE NOTE: All physicians featured in this publication are on the
Notes: The information in this document is taken from the annual summary report of community
                                                                                                   medical staff of Rush University Medical Center. Some of the physicians
benefits prepared for the Illinois attorney general’s office. Only a portion of Rush’s financial   are in private practice and, as independent practitioners, are not
assistance programs meet the office’s definition of “charity care.”                                employees or agents of Rush University Medical Center.
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Rush Delivers Quality Care Regardless                                                                        for students at Rush University. Physicians, nurses, faculty
of a Patient’s Ability to Pay                                                                                and staff from Rush also volunteer their time, provide care,
The largest portion of the community benefits Rush                                                           and mentor and guide the students as they provide these
provided in fiscal year 2010 was more than $135 million                                                      essential health services for members of Chicago’s most
in unreimbursed care for our patients. This amount                                                           disadvantaged communities.
was an increase of nearly $10 million from the previous       As medical students we really want to
fiscal year, driven, in part, by an increase in the number                                                   Rush Prepares the Health Care Providers of the Future
of unemployed people without insurance coverage. By
                                                              go out and develop our people-to-people        The health professions are facing alarming shortages of
treating the growing number of these patients, Rush offers    skills, and the clinics and community          well-educated, dedicated people at a time when aging
an important safety net for the Chicago area community        service opportunities at Rush allow us         baby boomers are creating an escalating demand for
during these difficult economic times.                                                                       health care. Rush is committed to educating the next
                                                              to do that. From the very first month of       generation of health care workers, even though tuition
Rush provides the following types of unreimbursed care:       school, Rush really encourages students        and grants do not cover all of Rush University’s costs

• Charity care — care that is provided at reduced or no       to get involved in changing our                in providing this education. In fiscal year 2010, Rush
                                                                                                             provided more than $40 million in funding to help cover
  cost for patients who qualify for financial assistance      communities for the better.”
  under one of Rush’s policies and provide information                                                       the costs of educating and training future physicians,

  that allows Rush to properly identify them.                                                                nurses and allied health professionals — many of whom
                                                                                                             practice in Illinois after graduation.                          Rush provides medical services in
• Expected patient payments that aren’t received                   Vivian Leung, a medical student at Rush
  (also known as “bad debt”).
                                                                   who created a schoolyard garden program                                                                   response to community and health
                                                                   at King Elementary, a public school on    Rush Funds Searches for New Treatments
• Costs not fully reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid              Chicago’s West Side                       In keeping with its mission to provide the best patient care,
                                                                                                                                                                             care needs, even when these services
  for patients covered by these programs. Rush ranks                                                         Rush subsidizes medical research that focuses on improving      are operated at a financial loss to
  among the top 10 hospitals in Illinois in both the number                                                  patient care both now and in the future. In fiscal year 2010,
  of Medicaid (public aid) patients treated and the total                                                    Rush provided nearly $14 million to support these research
                                                                                                                                                                             the institution. These services include
  number of days these patients spent in the hospital.                                                       activities. The following are a few examples of the many        essential areas such as pediatric, primary
                                                                                                             kinds of research studies Rush supports:
Regardless of their ability to pay for their treatment, all                                                                                                                  and palliative care, among others. In
of our patients receive the same high-quality care. This
“equity of care” has been recognized by the University                                                       • A large-scale study that found the change in hormone          fiscal year 2010, Rush provided more
                                                                                                               levels in women that occurs during menopause can
HealthSystem Consortium, an alliance of approximately                                                                                                                        than $4.8 million to support these
90 percent of the nation’s not-for-profit academic medical                                                     cause accumulation of visceral fat, which is a significant
centers, which has consistently awarded Rush the highest                                                       risk factor for cardiovascular disease                        services, which include physical exams
possible score in its annual quality and safety study.                                                       • The discovery of dalfampridine, the first drug for patients   and mammograms for those in need.
This ranking measures whether patients receive the                                                             with multiple sclerosis that treats impaired walking, which
same quality of treatment and have the same outcomes                                                           was approved by the Food and Drug Administration in
regardless of their gender, race or socioeconomic status.                                                      January 2010

                                                                                                             • A nationwide study to determine whether a promising
In addition to quality care within the Medical Center, many
                                                                                                               vaccine for advanced melanoma can effectively treat the
Chicagoans receive free medical care each year in their
                                                                                                               deadly skin cancer
own communities, such as at homeless shelters and similar
locations throughout the city, through volunteer programs

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