Rush to Create New Education and Career Opportunities While Improving Health Care in Chicago Through $5 Million Donation from

Rush to Create New Education and Career Opportunities While Improving Health 
Care in Chicago Through $5 Million Donation from BMO Harris
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS -- (Marketwired) -- 10/25/13 --  
Editors note: There is a video associated with this press release. 
Rush University Medical Center today received a $5 million donation
from BMO Harris Bank to expand a unique model of care that educates
and trains students for new health care jobs needed to deliver
high-quality, coordinated health care to Chicago's underserved and
low-income West and South Side communities. 
This initiative is the only one in the country that brings together
patient care, education, community service and rigorous evaluation
designed to reduce costly emergency room visits and hospitalizations. 
"We believe the approach to training and delivery of health care
furthered by BMO Harris Bank's donation is our best bet to combat
current barriers to health care access," said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO
of Rush. "We are optimistic that this model is the future for
delivering health care for Medicaid and low-income patients."  
The funding will strengthen and accelerate existing health care
partnerships among Rush, the Medical Home Network (MHN) and City
Colleges of Chicago, creating new, sustainable models of care through
numerous programs to: 

--  Offer new training and education opportunities through Rush University
    and Malcolm X College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago. Rush, MHN
    and Malcolm X College will work together to identify needed health care
    roles and develop curriculum that will prepare students to fill these
--  Accelerate and enhance the Medical Home Network's system of coordinated
    care that shares patient information among participating health
    institutions and addresses the common health concerns of residents in
    Chicago's high-poverty West and South Side communities. 

"This partnership is exactly the type of innovation we are looking
for in Chicago, so we can train and educate a workforce that will be
ready to fill the jobs of tomorrow," said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "The
pipeline of health care workers that will come out of this
partnership and the efforts of our City Colleges will improve the
lives of Chicagoans f
or generations to come." 
"We commend Dr. Goodman, the team at Rush and their partners for
creating such a compelling initiative. The issues of health,
education, medical services and poverty are all key elements of BMO's
community efforts and areas where we know we can make a difference,"
said Bill Downe, President and CEO, BMO Financial Group. "We are
especially pleased that this initiative will at the same time improve
health care and create valuable jobs in the Chicago communities that
most need them." 
For many people, the complexity of accessing appropriate care results
in delaying treatment or unnecessary and costly trips to emergency
rooms. Multiple health care providers often treat the same patient
with little shared communication. This fragmentation of care and
duplication of services decreases the quality of care patients
receive, while also increasing costs to the health care system. 
The BMO Harris Bank funding will advance Rush's efforts to improve
access to high quality health care for hundreds of thousands of
medically disadvantaged Chicagoans by enhancing existing coordinated
health programs, as well as developing new programs. 

--  Rush will bolster its existing collaboration with Malcolm X College,
    helping to develop new curriculum that will train students in emerging
    health care roles. Malcolm X College is being re-established as a
    destination for health care training as part of the City Colleges of
    Chicago "Colleges to Careers" initiative.  
--  Five new scholarships at Rush will give Malcolm X College graduates the
    opportunity to continue their education with the Bachelor of Science in
    Health Sciences at Rush University, which also include guaranteed
    internships in their respective fields. 
--  Recipients of four new Health Disparities Fellowships at Rush will focus
    on reducing health disparities and evaluating the initiative's
    effectiveness - turning them into the future leaders in community
--  Rush will provide inter-professional education to teams of health care
    providers within the Medical Home Network (MHN), which unites public and
    private organizations to improve the health of Chicagoans through
    coordination of patient care. 
--  Rush will create new student-led initiatives in medically underserved
    communities to improve access to high quality health care. 

City Colleges of Chicago has partnered with Rush on its College to
Careers initiative to create more relevant health care education
programs to help address the skills gap in Chicago. 
"Removing barriers to care requires new collaborative approaches to
give Chicagoans the skills to seize the tens of thousands of new
positions that will be required to meet the region's health care
needs over the coming decade," said Cheryl Hyman, Chancellor of City
Colleges of Chicago. "Health education needs more curriculum
integration where educators and practitioners work to solve the
interrelated problems of access to training and access to care. Rush
has been a steadfast partner dedicated to communities, and the
generosity of BMO Harris Bank will allow us to build on our joint
"The BMO Harris donation allows us to further develop our innovative,
patient-centered care management model," said Cheryl Lulias,
president and executive director of the Medical Home Network.
"Achieving a new level of patient care coordination requires
real-time event reporting, actionable analytics and a dynamic health
care workforce with more community health workers. These workforce
teams strengthen the medical home, which is at the center of a
connected and easy-to-navigate health care system that engages
patients to invest in and improve their health. This program will
ensure that we have the health care workers that are necessary for
our new models of care to improve the health status of our
communities' most vulnerable members." 
About BMO Harris Bank 
BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products
and solutions through over 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs
in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada,
Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank's commercial banking team
provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and
mid-market focus throughout the U.S. BMO Harris Bank(R) is a trade
name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is
part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization
with approximately 1,600 branches, and $549 billion in assets (as of
July 31, 2013).  
About Rush 
Rush is a not-for-profit enterprise comprising Rush University
Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush
Health. Rush's University Medical Center mission is to provide the
best possible care for its patients. Educating tomorrow's health care
professional, researching new and more advanced treatment options,
transforming its facilities and investing in new technologies - all
are undertaken with the drive to improve patient care now, and for
the future. Rush has more than 6,000 employees and faculty. Rush
University, with more than 2,000 students, is the academic component
of Rush University Medical Center. Rush Universi
ty is a health
sciences university offering more than 30 unique degree or
certificate options in medicine, nursing, allied health and
biomedical research. Rush University is comprised of Rush Medical
College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences, and
the Graduate College. The university is distinct for its
practitioner-teacher model, translational research, nurturing
academic environment and focus on community and global health. 
About City Colleges of Chicago 
The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is the largest community college
system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800
faculty and staff serving 115,000 students annually at seven campuses
and six satellite sites city-wide. The City Colleges of Chicago is in
the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and
revise CCC programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC
college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their life's
The City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges: Richard J.
Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey
College, Harry S Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur
Wright College. The system also oversees the Washburne Culinary
Institute, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, five Child
Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce
Institute, the public broadcast station WYCC-TV Channel 20 and radio
station WKKC-FM 89.3. For more information about City Colleges of
Chicago, call: (773) COLLEGE or visit 
About Medical Home Network 
The Medical Home Network (MHN) is a 4-year-old formal provider
collaborative working to improve the health of Medicaid recipients in
Chicago by enhancing care coordination and quality, improving access
and reducing fragmentation and cost, all while reinforcing the
Medical Home. In 2009, the Comer Science and Education Foundation
(CSEF) established the Medical Home Network (MHN) as a pilot
dedicated to improving the health care of Medicaid recipients
residing on Chicago's South Side. Today, MHN represents unprecedented
collaboration between public and private entities including Illinois
Medicaid (The Department of Healthcare and Family Services), six
hospitals, six Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and an
extensive physician network. MHN aims to not only restructure the way
health care is delivered and financed for 160,000 current members,
but also to rapidly impact expansion populations, including
individuals who will become Medicaid eligible in 2014. MHN's goal is
to create a healthcare delivery framework that will meet the needs of
all vulnerable populations while simultaneously serving as a model
for collaborative, patient-centered care. For more information about
Medical Home Network, visit  
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(312) 461 2478
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