On the Move: Inside the Rush Command Center

Anne Burgeson (back row, center), in the command center for the move into Rush's new hospital.

By Anne Burgeson

Busy, exhilarating, funny, innovative and LOUD. Those are just a few words to describe the Hospital Incident Command Center at Rush on Sunday, Jan. 8, during our move of about 180 patients to the Tower, the newest hospital building on our campus.

Packed with people, chairs, temporary tables, telephones and computers, the hospital incident command center was the base of operations to manage the move. In what will be a patient labor/delivery room on the eighth floor of the Tower, leaders representing departments from throughout Rush gathered from 5 a.m. until 7 p.m. to handle questions, problem-solve together and oversee all aspects of the move. This was also the place to receive all calls from employees throughout Rush who needed any assistance related to the move.

From simple things like determining how to quickly fix a loose ceiling tile, to more complex issues such as determining why an alarm was activated on a piece of equipment, the group worked together in a truly collaborative way, to make quick, effective, well-informed decisions. Continue reading

Telling the Story: From Air to Zeal

Tony Perry, MD, clinical transformation officer at Rush, during a recent ad shoot for the new hospital.

By Lori Allen

Teamwork at Rush being what it is, there’s no surprise in the numbers of people who helped make last week’s marathon photo shoot a success. Among those we have to thank:

  • Jessica, who walked a good mile for just a few good steps. Selected for her petite size, she paced back and forth next to a tall ladder, which served as the photographer’s perch. For sharing Jessica with us, we thank her manager, the suitably branded Rachel Rush, whose last name is the only one I’ll use today.
  • John, Tony, MaryAlice and Josh -– a highly specialized group of clinicians who together are the cast for a new TV commercial. We were amazed at your ability to talk for more than two hours about air.
  • A band of people from multiple departments who came to our rescue, not long before shoot time, and zealously readied the new hybrid OR for cameras. You could compete against any home makeover crew and win.
  • Eugene, Tiffanie, Eva, Rebecca and Marge, who elegantly illustrated the universal accessibility attribute of the new hospital. We learned a lot from you.

Next we’ll see video from helicopter, shot Oct. 21. Stay tuned.

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Lori Allen is assistant vice president, Marketing and Communications, with Rush University Medical Center.

Rush’s New Hospital: Gearing Up For The Big Move

Cynthia (Cindee) Castronovo at a recent shoot for an ad about Rush's new hospital.

By Cynthia Castronovo

After spending over five years working closely with the Office of Transformation team as it helped design and build Rush’s new hospital, it recently occurred to me that my role has shifted as we get ready to open it. My communication efforts have changed from tracking the building’s progress and celebrating its milestones, to preparing employees to move into the Tower in January.

Now, instead of sitting in meetings with architects and construction workers, I am working with the operational people who will be moving into this beautiful new building. I now sit on a number of committees and have a whole new appreciation for the synergies that take place when you have the right people in a room — all working with a common goal. Continue reading

Transformation Deepens Our Community Commitment

Terry Peterson, Rush's vice president of government affairs

By Terry Peterson

Rush’s new hospital building and our other campus improvements will do even more than transform health care in the Chicago area. The Rush Transformation also deepens and furthers Rush’s commitment to our surrounding community, providing jobs, job training and other economic opportunities to the residents of Chicago’s West Side.

Rush University Medical Center has been located on the West Side since 1871, and over the past few decades, it’s played a key role in the area’s emergence from a long period of economic struggle and physical decay. While two other medical schools moved away from the struggling neighborhood, Rush upheld its commitment to the area by investing in new facilities, including the Armour Academic Center,  which opened in 1976, and the Atrium Building, which opened in 1982. In the following years, the West Side began to flourish as other new and refurbished buildings appeared, including offices and condominiums. Continue reading

Video: The New Hospital at Rush

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:

Focusing in on Rush’s New Hospital Building

Here’s an atmospheric new image — from Rush Photo Group photographer Steve Gadomski — of the new hospital building at Rush University Medical Center. The state-of-the-art, 14-story building is scheduled to open in January 2012.

Gadomski explains how he photographed and prepared the image in this video.