Keith Millikan, MD, with Kim Humbarger, RN
By Lori Allen
Apologies to Saturday’s cast for the extra-long commercial shoot. They were nearly four hours “on set.” But what a set it was: the ninth-floor green roof of the new hospital, under a warm autumn sun, facing downtown Chicago.
The fortunate weather provided a clear view of the skyline and relieved concerns about a chilly cast. To achieve a visual balance while maintaining authenticity in their work attire, we’d risked at least one of them being underdressed.
From a less desirable indoor location, we followed the Rush staff on monitors. Unscripted and unrehearsed, they had no trouble discussing advantages of the three-story platform they stood atop:
- the advanced technology and their hand in its design
- the Rush collaborative spirit, its benefits to patients and how it would be enhanced by the mingling of services Continue reading
After years of planning and construction, the new Rush hospital is scheduled to open in just a little over eight months.
The 14-story building, at Ashland Avenue and the Eisenhower Expressway, was designed with input by hundreds of Rush nurses, doctors and patients, whose ideas influenced the unique layout. It will house Rush’s acute and critical care patients, a new neonatal intensive care unit, a new emergency center, along with surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic services.
Here’s a video about the new hospital, which — as nurse manager Julie Lopez explains — is about delivering the highest-quality care for our patients:
Here’s a report on Rush’s green initiatives from the Live Well HD Network. It includes interviews with Mary Gregoire, co-chair of the Rush Green Team, and Joe DeVoss, assistant vice president of the Rush Office of Transformation, and student Anthony Savino.
“We want to do our part to really reduce and potentially eliminate some of the footprint we might leave behind,” Gregoire says.
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