New Rush Clinic Showcases Chicago Photography

To decorate its new clinic at Rush, the Section of Colon and Rectal Surgery held a contest asking people to submit photos representing the Chicago area to help decorate the new space.

“We hoped to create a clinic space that was warm and welcoming, comforting and interesting, while being efficient and functional,” says section chief Bruce Orkin, MD.

After receiving more than 250 submissions from a broad range of people, including doctors at Rush, nurses, students, researchers and family members, a panel of judges selected 45 photos to be displayed in the new space, which opened in January.

“Once matted, framed and hung,” Orkin writes in the introduction to a book featuring many of the photos, “they transformed the suite into a vibrant gallery of artwork.”

From the Rush Archives: A Visit From St. Nick

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If it’s the holiday season at Rush, it must be time to dig into the Rush Archives for photos from Decembers past.

This image from 1939 shows Santa visiting a 9-year-old boy who had to spend Christmas at Presbyterian Hospital (which would later become part of Rush).

“The suit worn by this jolly-looking St. Nick,” says the caption in the Presbyterian Hospital Bulletin, “has been worn here every Christmas for more than 50 years.”

Holiday Greetings From Rush

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The following is excerpted from Rush’s annual holiday greeting:

Within our busy environment, we strive to create a calming feeling for our patients and ourselves.

There are a number of new spaces within the Tower that offer opportunities for quiet reflection. They include the fourth floor quiet area and the Tower’s rooftop gardens, including the area shown here. In addition, a new space for spiritual reflection and quiet meditation will be opening next year on the Atrium fourth floor.

These areas are an important part of the healing environment we have created in the Medical Center, providing patients, family members and the people who work at Rush with places where they can calm themselves, make plans, and draw on their faith and their inner strength to meet the challenges ahead of them.

We wish you and your family a joyous holiday season and the very best for the New Year.

— Dr. and Mrs. Larry Goodman

Larry Goodman, MD, is CEO of Rush University Medical Center. Photo by Steve Gadomski, Rush Photo Group.

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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From the Archives: Armour Patient Ward, 1898


By Heather Stecklein

In this 1898 photo, Arthur Dean Bevan, MD, visits patients in the Armour Ward of Presbyterian Hospital.

Starting in the earliest days of Presbyterian Hospital, members of the Armour family endowed beds for patients who could not afford medical care. In 1889, the family endowment grew to the 10-bed ward pictured. Whenever a bed became available in this ward, the patient who occupied it received free treatment.

Presbyterian Hospital is a predecessor to Rush University Medical Center. It opened in 1883 on what is now the Rush campus.

Heather Stecklein is an archivist with Rush University Medical Center. You can contact the Rush Archives at rush_archives@rush.edu or at (312) 942-7214.

Telling the Story: It’s Not About the Building

By Lori Allen

You would have thought we’d never seen a helicopter before. From our offices across the Eisenhower, we watched it fly in circles over our campus, some of us with cameras out. From west to east, then north somewhere behind our building and out again. I bumped my head on the window a few times.

Yesterday’s excitement seems silly today — taking pictures of a chopper that’s taking pictures of our new hospital. The chopper did the real photography.

And there’s the irony. For years we’ve chanted “It’s not about the building,” our mantra for the communication we would conduct once the hospital was built. Then, for that very purpose, I’d directed a camera to point at it from every possible external angle. As it turns out, the quickest route to our most important message is by way of the building’s architecture.

More about that later. It’s time to get to work for the next shoot. The sun is not up, but it’s time.

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

Photographing the New Hospital Building at Rush

There’s usually a lot more to a great photograph than meets the eye. Steve Gadomski of the Rush Photo Group discusses his recent photo of the new hospital building at Rush University Medical Center in the following video.