Rush University Medical Center | 100 Great Hospitals in America 2015

Rush University Medical Center (Chicago). This 664-bed nonprofit academic medical center got its start with Rush Medical College in 1837 when the college received its charter. It is named in honor of Benjamin Rush, MD, the only physician with medical school training to sign the Declaration of Independence.

Rush University Medical Center has a long history of medical firsts, including housing the first cardiac cath lab in Chicago in 1948, being the site of the first surgery to reattach a severed hand in the 1960s and, more recently in 2014, becoming the nation's first hospital to use a newly approved brain stimulator with a unique placement planning system to help patients with epilepsy.

Today, the Magnet-recognized hospital is considered the No. 2 hospital in Chicago and in Illinois, according to U.S. News & World Report. It includes the Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, a 376-bed Tower hospital building that opened in 2012 and the Rush Orthopedic Building. The Tower hospital earned LEED Gold certification in recognition of commitment to green design, construction and operation.

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