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New $700M, state-of-the-art hospital unveiled in Chicago

Chicago residents are soon going to have a new state-of-the-art hospital that was designed for two specific groups: patients and their families, and physicians, nurses and scientists. Named the Center for Care and Discovery, the 10-story, $700-million hospital was unveiled Jan. 14 and will open its doors to patients on Feb. 23.

The 1.2-million-square-foot hospital has 240 private patient rooms specious enough to accommodate overnight stays for families. The rooms have large windows, flat-screen TVs, reading lights, dual-layer window treatments and a state-of-the-art paging system, all of which not only increase comfort, but also helps to improve treatment outcomes.

As for the physicians, nurses and researchers, the new facility offers 21 spacious operating rooms (ORs) able to accommodate patients with the most complex medical conditions requiring multidisciplinary teams. The speciousness of these rooms also accommodate more robotic surgical procedures. And some of the ORs will be designated “robot rooms,” with new larger robotic systems that allows two surgeons to work simultaneously at separate control consoles.

The new facility will also houses special areas for cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience, surgery and imaging.

Named for a purpose

The University of Chicago Medicine’s new facility was built around the idea that providing excellent patient care is tied to advances in biomedical research and innovation.

In fact, the center was strategically located near the Gordon Center for Integrative Science and the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, allowing for greater links between clinical providers and researchers.

“The new Center for Care and Discovery brings together the University’s strengths in medical care and innovation,” said Robert Zimmer, president of the University of Chicago. “The result will be a powerful benefit for patients, and a model for physicians and researchers from around the world.”

Architectural flexibility

One of the unique features of the new center is that it was built with the future in mind.

The entire hospital structure is based on a grid system organized into 85 modular cubes that repeat on each floor. These “cubes” can be repurposed over time to accommodate the facility’s changing needs. For example, one bay can be two patient rooms, one operating room or one interventional procedure room without affecting the basic framework of the building.

 

 

 

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