University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

In the coming weeks, the University of Chicago Medicine will move more than 250 patients onto the third and fourth floors of the Center for Care Discovery. Construction is in the final phases and staff is undergoing training to be prepared for opening day. The floors are designed to care for the hospital’s acute patients.

To prepare to move patients into more than 200,000-square-feet of space, teams from various clinical and support departments have been meeting regularly to construct and execute a plan, working very closely to ensure a smooth transition for patients.

Recently, they performed a tabletop “Day in the Life,” an exercise in which clinical teams walked through different scenarios focused on what will be “new and different” on CCD 3&4 for care teams. Facilitated by HTS Consultants, teams used large floorplans to identify paths of travel, patient rooms and determine the best placement for equipment, supplies and medications.

“We believe that this was an important step to achieve success during the Day in the Life event that is scheduled for next month,” said Sally Walton, Program Director, CCD 3&4 Project. “We wanted to ensure that all departments are familiar with the scenarios and understand what workflows, equipment, and systems will be tested.”

Participants included the primary departments where the Day in the Life will be performed such as nursing, therapy services and acute dialysis. In addition, key support departments such as Dr. CART teams, EVS, Food Service, Radiology and Patient Transportation played a role in the “DITL.” Nursing leadership was also present to provide oversight and support.

Walton said that staff have embraced the process and are enthusiastic. “Everyone has been very engaged regarding the move and the steps required to safely and efficiently care for patients in the new space.”

Each floor will have 98 patient beds, comprised of intensive care, medical-surgical, 24-hour observation and isolation beds.  The third floor will house the burn center and acute dialysis unit. The fourth floor will accommodate heart and vascular inpatient services. 

The renovation of these floors will complete UChicago Medicine’s “hospital of the future” which opened February 2013.

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