Rush University Medical Center is one of Chicago's oldest health care organizations. Its heritage extends back to 1837 when Rush Medical College was established. St. Luke's Hospital, founded in 1864, and Presbyterian Hospital, founded in 1883, merged in 1956 to form Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital. The subsequent incorporation of these pioneer institutions in 1969 created Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, which was renamed Rush University Medical Center in October 2003. Currently, Rush University Medical Center includes:
• The main hospital, with 824 beds, is a major referral center that provides primary care to its immediate community and secondary and tertiary care to patients from across the country. The hospital admitted more than 27,000 patients and performed over 17,740 operations the last fiscal year.
• The Johnston R. Bowman Health Center for the Elderly, a short-term rehabilitation facility (110 beds) and a national model for hospital-based geriatric care. The center also provides 30 residential apartments for seniors.
• Rush Children's Hospital, a 120 bed pediatric facility within Rush that provides medical and surgical care for newborns, infants, children and adolescents.
• Rush University, a health professions higher education institution that enrolled more than 1,500 students in the Fall Quarter 2006.
• In addition, Rush North Shore Medical Center in Skokie, Illinois (268 beds), Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, Illinois (142 beds), and Rush Oak Park Hospital, Oak Park, Illinois (296 beds) are corporately affiliated with Rush University Medical Center. Riverside Health Care, Kankakee, Illinois is affiliated through a joint venture agreement.
The Medical Center is undergoing a nine-year transformation that includes construction of a new hospital, an orthopedic ambulatory building, parking structure and power plant, along with renovations to some of its existing buildings. Beyond the physical transformation will come state-of-the art technology. The implementation of Epic, a comprehensive health records documentation software application, will impact every aspect of patient care, from admission to discharge.