University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

A Perkins + Will rendering envisions the lobby of the new Mitchell hospital.


Architecture firm Perkins + Will, a leading partner in the development of global cancer treatment centers, is the University of Chicago Medicine’s choice to transform the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital into the new Center for Cancer Care.

“We’re excited to work with the University of Chicago Medicine to deliver to Chicago, and the world, a best-in-class cancer hospital,” said Ralph Johnson, lead designer for the project and the global design director of Perkins+ Will. “At this critical juncture in UCM’s future, we are honored to partner with the institution to improve  human health with what will be a transformative facility.”

The firm’s Chicago office was involved in the creation of preliminary concepts for the new Mitchell facility as part of the team that submitted plans  for the new cancer hospital, Emergency Department and adult Level I Trauma Center for state approval.

Such involvement gives the firm a fundamental and unique understanding of how the new cancer hospital fits into UChicago Medicine’s overall growth strategy. To ensure faculty and staff are involved in the new hospital, UChicago Medicine’s Operational Excellence team, in tandem with other parts of the organization, will also hold a number of Kaizen events to get input from staff on many aspects of the new Center for Cancer Care. The first of these is expected for late April.

Perkins + Will has been a key development partner with such global leaders in cancer treatment and research as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Baylor University and Duke University. They’ve also worked on a number of high profile projects in Chicago, including Rush University Medical Center’s New Hospital Tower, for which it won the 2014 American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Healthcare Design Award.


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