A cure for ailing health care delivery:
$5 million donation to Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center expands available health care in underserved neighborhoods
July 1, 2014
For many people, the difficulty of getting quality health care means delayed treatment or unnecessary trips to the emergency room. Over time, and with no coordination or shared communication, multiple clinics, hospitals, or doctors may treat the same patient, leading to fragmented care and duplicated services, which affects the quality of care — and the cost.
But in two low-income and medically underserved Chicago areas, residents will see an improvement in the quality and availability of health care, thanks to a $5 million donation from BMO Harris Bank to Rush University Medical Center.
The donation will complement and support Rush’s health care partnerships with the Medical Home Network, which brings together health care providers and connects them around collaborative, patient-centered care, as well as their partnership with Malcolm X College, a City College of Chicago. Together, they are working to improve education, patient care and community health, while also creating needed jobs.
The model being implemented by Rush and its partners will increase communication and collaboration among medical professionals and provide educational opportunities for students who plan to enter the health care industry in Chicago.
“We believe the approach to training and delivery of health care furthered by the BMO Harris Bank donation is our best bet to combat current barriers to health care access,” says Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush University. “We are optimistic that this model is the future for delivering health care for Medicare and low-income patients.”
Over the next five years, the BMO Harris donation will:
- Help Rush strengthen its collaboration with Malcolm X College, helping to develop new curriculum that will train students in emerging health care roles.
- Fund five new scholarships to give Malcolm X College graduates the opportunity to continue their education with the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences program at Rush, which also includes internships in their field.
- Fund four new Health Disparities Fellowships at Rush, which will focus on reducing health disparities and evaluating the effectiveness of this initiative between Rush, the Medical Home Network and Malcolm X College.
- Support Rush as it provides inter-professional education to teams of health care providers within the Medical Home Network, uniting public and private organizations to improve the health of Chicagoans through coordination of patient care.
- Assist Rush’s creation of student-led initiatives in medically underserved communities to improve access to high-quality health care.
All of which will mean better and more available health care for Chicago’s West and South Side communities
“Chicago is a city that calls its citizens and its business community to action,” says Mark Furlong, Chief Executive Officer, BMO Harris Bank. “We’re proud to be doing just that, in an industry-leading approach, alongside these great partners.”
To learn more about this exciting and unique initiative, watch this informational video .