Leadership Message

The Places We’ll Go

So much can be said about excellence. It’s truly the foundation of our work and the subject of this year's annual report — stories that begin with a novel idea and conclude with transformative solutions. What’s more, the excellence described in this year’s edition directly reflects Bill Goodyear’s five years serving as chairman of Rush University Medical Center's Board of Trustees. I couldn’t be more inspired by his tremendous example of leadership; he held the chairman’s position with great dedication from 2013 to 2018.

Bill was, and still is, essential to building our vision to transform health. With diligence and keen strategic skills, he stewarded the system integration of Rush Copley Medical Center with Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, the opening of several state-of-the-art outpatient facilities, and cementing of Rush’s identity as one of our nation's highest rated academic health systems.  

It’s been a year of meaningful transition, not only for myself as Bill’s successor, but for health care as we know it. While challenges lie ahead, as an academic health system, we are prepared and positioned to face the future. 

I’m honored and excited to work with exceptional colleagues — trustees, our management team, medical professionals, faculty and Rush employees whose passion and commitment to excellence makes Rush a best-in-class institution. Our people are our greatest and most valued asset. They maintain the highest quality of patient care, ever forward-thinking and always seeking to improve how we treat and care for people.

That said, no story of excellence exists without you, our supporters, donors, friends and partners, whose commitment and hard work makes Rush a global leader in health care.

We are headed to great places together.

Susan Crown
Chairman, Boards of Trustees
Rush University Medical Center and the Rush System