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M I D D L E E A S T H E A L T H |
University of Chicago Medicine
University of Chicago.
The hospital embodies the medical
center’s commitment to provide the finest
possible care to those with the most chal-
lenging illnesses. It is also a model of flexi-
bility, which will enable physicians to
leverage advances in medical science for
the benefit of patients for decades to come.
When it opens, the hospital will contain
240 single-occupancy inpatient rooms,
including 52 intensive care beds. These
patient rooms are spacious enough to accom-
modate family members for overnight stays.
The hospital has 28 operating rooms with
leading-edge technology and an integrated
diagnostic and interventional platform
including cardiac, gastrointestinal, neurolog-
ical and vascular services. The building also
has two floors of expansion space that could
be used for additional patient care units as
well as future technology-based interven-
tional or surgical suites.
All new medical and operational
systems are going through a rigorous
“commissioning” process.
“Everything in a new hospital facility –
every system, every pump, every motor,
every widget – has to be tested, retested,
sequenced and balanced to be sure they
are working according to design intent
and safety standards,” according to project
manager William Huffman.
In addition to operational
efficiency and architectural
quality, the new hospital will
have the capacity to adjust to
changes in technology and
medicine, and to clinical
needs for decades to come. “It
is a building that will be with
us for generations,” Huffman
Rafael Viñoly Architects,
working with healthcare
facility specialists Cannon
forward-thinking plan for the
The architects created flexi-
bility and adaptability by basing
the entire hospital structure on
a grid system organized into 85
modular cubes repeating on each floor. At
31.5 feet across by 18 feet high, these large
cubes, or “bays,” can be repurposed over
time to accommodate innovations and
changing needs. For example, one bay can
enclose two patient rooms, one operating
room or one interventional procedure room
– without changing the basic framework of
the building.
Playing off the traditional courtyard
layout of much of the University of
Chicago, the design includes a “Sky
Lobby” on the 7th floor, “effectively
lifting the social, contemplative, outdoor
space of the campus quadrangles into the
air,” according to Viñoly.
This Sky Lobby will feature floor-to-
ceiling glass walls, filling the space with
natural light and providing panoramic
views of the campus, Lake Michigan,
nearby Washington Park and downtown
Chicago. It will house central reception,
family waiting areas, a chapel, the gift
shop, dining areas and other public spaces.
The ground level of the new hospital,
open to the public, will enhance the
streetscape and include cafés and other
retail businesses.
The University of Chicago Medicine
and its Comer Children’s Hospital rank
among the best in the country, most
notably for cancer treatment, according to
a U.S. News World & Report survey of
the nation’s hospitals. The University of
Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine is
also ranked as one of the Top 10 medical
schools in the nation.
Many international patients have
commended the University of Chicago
Medicine for the personal, customized serv-
ices provided. The medical center’s interna-
tional patient program can help schedule
second opinions, coordinate travel, arrange
for interpreters, set up doctor appointments,
find accommodations and provide informa-
tion to local referring physicians, ensuring
continuity of care.
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In February 2013, the University of
Chicago Medicine will open its 10-story
“hospital for the future” to patients.
An architectural and technological
de force
, this extraordinary facility will
provide a home for complex specialty care
with a focus on the medical center’s inter-
nationally recognized strengths: cancer,
gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience,
organ transplantation, advanced surgery
and high-technology medical imaging.
At 1.2 million square feet, the hospital
is the largest building on the University of
Chicago campus. It changes the skyline of
the South Side of Chicago. The new
hospital occupies the north end of two
city blocks. Each floor will provide more
than 100,000 square feet of space, almost
twice as big as an American football field.
“The New Hospital Pavilion is a
substantial investment that represents our
commitment to biomedicine and to the
delivery of complex clinical health care
informed by the research of our faculty,”
said Robert J. Zimmer, President of the
Building the future of medicine
By the University of Chicago
Medicine staff
Photo by Bruce Powell for the University of Chicago Medicine