For more than a century Rush Oak Park Hospital has strived to meet and exceed the needs of our community and provide exceptional, compassionate and convenient care. We take great pride in being a strong community partner. It’s important to us that we continue on this path as we evolve and expand along with the health-care industry.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the steady growth in outpatient care have prompted us to reassess our strategic needs. While plans have been put on hold as we battle the pandemic, we have determined now is the time to begin precursory preparation for any potential projects that may arise in the future.

Rush Oak Park Hospital owns properties on South Maple Avenue and Monroe Street, directly southwest of the main hospital building. The dwellings on these properties are unoccupied with no electrical or water supply. 

In mid-December of 2020, hospital executive leadership, along with hospital board members, met virtually with key neighbors and members of the Central West Oak Park Neighborhood Association to discuss re-zoning the property from residential to hospital.

The hospital then submitted the application for re-zoning to the village of Oak Park’s Zoning Board to change the current zoning designation of these properties from residential to hospital. The application was approved by the zoning board on Jan. 7. 

Due to the toll of the pandemic and the financial constraints it has caused, Rush is in the process of coming up with a new strategic masterplan for its hospital-owned properties. By receiving re-zoning approval now, we are looking to maximize our flexibility in the future as the hospital continues to grow as a health-care leader. We will continue to solicit and gauge community input to determine the best approach for both parties.

The mission of Rush is to provide the best health care for the individuals and diverse communities we serve through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research, and community partnerships.

Bruce Elegant

President and CEO, Rush Oak Park Hospital

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