Oak Park Hospital now RUSH Oak Park Hospital

Oak Park, IL (June 18, 2003) — Oak Park Hospital President and CEO Bruce Elegant announced that the village's first hospital now would be known as RUSH Oak Park Hospital. The announcement came after the Oak Park Hospital Board of Directors unanimously approved the change during its quarterly meeting yesterday. "The opening of the RUSH Medical Office Building in 2001 and the increased presence of RUSH affiliated clinical programs has made the name change a logical and appropriate next step," explained Elegant. "The new name better conveys to the community that the Hospital is an important component of RUSH-Presbyterian-St.Luke's Medical Center."

Since 1986, Oak Park Hospital has been sponsored by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters and Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. is the parent organization for the Sisters' corporate ministries. "We have been extremely pleased with the overall and clinical management of Oak Park Hospital by RUSH-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center and support this change in name," said John Oliverio, president and CEO of Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. "The Wheaton Franciscan Sisters will continue their sponsorship of RUSH Oak Park Hospital, and this name change is reflective of the successful partnership Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. has with RUSH in providing excellent clinical programs to its community."

The change of name will not cause any changes in staffing or administrative reporting within Oak Park Hospital. "We want RUSH Oak Park Hospital to continue to do the great job it has done so far serving its community while enabling it to continue to grow and develop as our healthcare partner," said RUSH President and CEO Larry Goodman, M.D. "The name change underscores the fact that RUSH Oak Park Hospital is an integral clinical partner."

"Taking on the RUSH name in a more formal way will serve as a constant reminder of the many benefits this partnership brings to the community," Elegant added. "Physicians at RUSH are frequently involved with the development of new and better methods of diagnosis and treatment, often after a period of testing and research. When these new procedures and treatments are approved for expanded use with patients, Oak Park patients are among the first to benefit."

"The name change gives us the opportunity to be recognized for the accomplishments that have been made since our RUSH affiliation was strengthened in 1997. We plan to keep adding to those accomplishments in the future, with new services, technologies and facilities that the community can rely on for many years to come."

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RUSH Oak Park Hospital is a member of the RUSH System for Health, located near the corner of Harlem Avenue and Madison Street in Oak Park. The Hospital is a 216-bed facility that includes the Center for Rehabilitation, the Breast Center, a multi-disciplinary approach to all stages of wellness and breast disease care, state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology and Surgical suites, the RUSH Pain Management Center, and a comprehensive Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Care. To learn more about any of the Hospital's programs or services, to find a RUSH Oak Park Hospital physician, or for information on upcoming lectures and health screening, visit the Hospital's website at or call (708) 660-INFO (4636).

RUSH-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center is an academic medical center that encompasses the 824-bed Presbyterian-St. Luke's Hospital (including RUSH Children's Hospital), the 110-bed Johnston R. Bowman Health Center and RUSH University. RUSH University, with more than 1,270 students, is home to one of the first medical schools in the Midwest, one of the nation's top-ranked nursing colleges, as well as 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.

Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. is the parent organization for the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters' and RUSH Oak Park Hospital. Wheaton Franciscan Services, Inc. is headquartered in Wheaton, Illinois, provides services in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Colorado, and includes 16 hospital campuses, four long-term care facilities, two home health agencies, 3,500 physicians, 70 clinic sites at which 500 employed physicians practice, 22,000 employees and nearly 3,000 units of assisted living and other housing. For more information, call (630) 462-9271 or visit

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