Rush Oak Park Hospital Again Recognized for Excellence in Skilled Care

(November, 2017) Rush Oak Park Hospital again has been recognized as among the best Illinois hospitals for skilled care by U.S. News & World Report.

Using data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, U.S. News evaluated a total of 740 Illinois nursing homes on factors including health inspections, nurse staffing and quality of medical care, with an emphasis on long-term performance consistency. For the second year in a row, Rush Oak Park Hospital’s Skilled Care Unit was among only 76 health care facilities in the state that received top marks.

The Skilled Care Unit at Rush Oak Park Hospital provides advanced care following a hospital stay for patients who are not physically ready to return home or go to a long-term care facility. Some of the services the unit provides include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and recreational therapy, as well as skilled nursing.     

“Our mission is to provide excellent nursing care and therapy to patients as they adjust to a new injury or disability or recover from an illness,” says Elizabeth Stewart, RN, director of the Skilled Care Unit. “We work to provide them with the strength and skills to have maximum independence for the next stage of their lives.”

Patients benefit from unit’s sense of community

Creating a sense of community on the unit with the patients and employees has helped foster a healing environment, adds Stewart.

“We encourage patients to eat meals together and participate in various forms of recreational therapy. At the same time we want our patients to feel at home as much as possible, so we also encourage them to wear clothes they would normally wear at home, as opposed to hospital gowns,” she says.

“We also have a top-notch team of nurses, physicians, social workers, and therapists working together with patients and families to help patients meet their health goals.”   

Out of the 15,000 facilities evaluated, U.S. News named only 2,285 the Best Nursing Homes in the nation.

“This is a great honor that also commends the specialized care we’re able to provide,” said Karen Mayer, PhD, MHA, RN, vice president of Patient Care Services at the hospital. “Our outcomes reflect a desire to be the very best care providers for our patients at all levels of care.”