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

Panorama in the Pavilion


Nearly 1,400 pieces of art can be found throughout the Rush’s new hospital, some of them donated, others created by local artists.

One of the Tower’s centerpieces is the 30- by 20-foot view of the Chicago skyline in the Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion, designed by H. Marion Art Consultants and photographed Steve Gadomski from the Rush Photo Group. It’s made up of 63 different photos and features the Tower in the foreground.

Here’s a video showing time-lapse photos of the 30-hour installation.

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Holiday Greetings from Rush


By Kim Sareny

This year’s holiday card celebrates a historic moment at Rush by featuring a dramatic shot of Rush’s new hospital set against Chicago and the skyline looking east. The words featured on the front say exactly what many of us close to Rush have been feeling … joy, pride, excitement and anticipation.

Truly, Rush employees, patients and Chicago’s surrounding community have been watching and waiting anxiously for this moment — to move into “the future of medicine” here at Rush.

So what image could possibly capture the emotion we have all been feeling? Well, last month, in an effort to continue to share what’s great about Rush’s new Tower, Rush’s marketing department had photos taken from a helicopter for our upcoming ad campaign. The chosen photo from that shoot used for the card presents a unique perspective of Rush’s impressive facility. While the shot is very real, a few “enhancements” were made to the sky to give it a magical quality — fitting for the holidays and for a patient care tower that can give so much to so many people.

Kimberly Sareny is director of graphic design at Rush University Medical Center.

Tweeting About the #NewRushHospital

We’ve been doing our best to spread the word about Rush’s new hospital, and we’re encouraging others to do the same by using the #NewRushHospital hashtag on Twitter. Since our dedication, ribbon-cutting and community events last week, we’ve been pleased by all the buzz.

Following is a sampling of what folks are saying about new hospital, which opens in early January. Don’t hesitate to weigh in, and to follow Rush on Twitter at @RushMedical.

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

A Special Invitation to Tour Rush’s New Hospital

By Laura Pellikan

Excitement is building at Rush University Medical Center as we count down to the opening and move-in day of our new hospital on Jan. 9. Plans and preparations are under way for a sneak peek tour of the new building, and Rush is inviting our surrounding community, current patients and their families and friends to come in and see what we’ve been working on over the last few years to bring an even higher level of care to those that matter most to us, our patients.

One-hour, self-guided tours will be offered on Saturday, Dec. 10, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. So mark your calendars and save the date, because this will be an opportunity to see the future of medicine and how this building was planned from the inside out to provide the highest quality of care.

You may ask yourself if spending part of your Saturday touring a hospital is something worth considering. Let me share some more details about the sneak peek tour so you can make a more educated decision.

  • Unique design: The patient tower’s unique butterfly-shaped design may be of interest to community members who enjoy viewing unique Chicago architecture.  On the tour, you’ll learn about how caregivers and patients played a central role in the Tower’s design. Continue reading