Standard & Poor's has raised Rush University Medical Center Obligated Group's rating by one notch to A in recognition of the system's completion of a new patient tower on Chicago's near west side and good operating performance.

The rating was upgraded on $50 million of debt sold through the Illinois Finance Authority in 2008, $412 million of bonds issued in 2009, and $97 million in 2006. Rush has a total of $657 million of debt.

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