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2010 press releases

Advocate, Rush, Loyola Partner - Create Area’s Leading Long-term Acute Care Hospital System



July 6, 2010                                                                                

Chicago, IL - Advocate Health Care, Rush University Medical Center and Loyola University Medical Center announced today that they joined forces to establish the state's leading not-for-profit long-term acute care hospital (LTCH) system.

This partnership with RML Specialty Hospital will enhance LTCH services through shared clinical protocols and best practices at RML's Hinsdale site and at a new location in Chicago (formerly Advocate Bethany Hospital). RML is the largest ventilator weaning hospital in the U.S. and a recognized leader in Best Practices for wound care and medically complex patient rehabilitation.

"This partnership is exciting news and will benefit the patients and communities we serve. Services will be enhanced at both sites through an integration of management capabilities and clinical research and expertise," said Jim Prister, president and chief executive officer, RML Specialty Hospital. "RML and all three of these renowned health care systems share complimentary visions - a commitment to providing our patients with quality health care."

"The partnership with Advocate, Rush and Loyola allows us to reach more patients and expand the strength of our care," said John Brofman, M.D., medical director, RML Specialty Hospital. "With the addition of our new Chicago location, RML is taking medical excellence, innovation and compassion further."

RML Specialty Hospital operates 201 LTCH licensed beds and is committed to providing quality, compassionate care, and delivering highly effective and efficient services while supporting the vital needs of the communities it serves. 

RML owns and operates two hospitals licensed in the State of Illinois and recognized by Medicare as long-term acute care hospitals (LTCHs).  RML is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit limited partnership, whose limited partners are Rush University Medical Center, Loyola University Medical Center and Advocate Health and Hospitals Corporation.  RML's clinical focus is ventilator weaning (respiratory), complex medical, and wound services.  Patients treated at RML are referred from approximately 65 hospitals in Illinois. 

Advocate Health Care, one of the nation's top 10 health systems based on clinical performance, is the largest health systems in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 10 acute care hospitals, two integrated children's hospitals, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care) and two Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more than 2,000 residents, medical students and fellows at its four teaching hospitals. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed more than $462 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland in 2009.

Rush University Medical Center is an academic medical center that encompasses the more than 600 staffed-bed hospital (including Rush Children's Hospital), the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center and Rush University.  Rush University, with more than 1,730 students, is home to one of the first medical schools in the Midwest, and one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges. Rush University also offers graduate programs in allied health and the basic sciences.  Rush is noted for bringing together clinical care and research to address major health problems, including arthritis and orthopedic disorders, cancer, heart disease, mental illness, neurological disorders and diseases associated with aging.

Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, Loyola University Health System is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and 25 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Illinois. The heart of the medical center campus, Loyola University Hospital, is a 561-licensed-bed facility. It houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus in Melrose Park includes the 264-bed community hospital, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness and the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Care Center.


Kim Waterman
Director, Media Relations
Rush University Medical Center
630.220.4083 (cell)

Anne Dillon
Director of Media Services
Loyola University Health System


Tricia Vaisvila
Vice President, Business Development
RML Specialty Hospital



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