University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

Caption: Pictured (L – R): Marco Capicchioni, vice president of facilities, planning, design and construction, Sharon O’Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center, Jason Keeler, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Jennifer Close, senior vice president of ambulatory services, Theresa Quinn, executive director of ambulatory services and Debra Albert, senior vice president of patient services and chief nursing officer at the Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park groundbreaking ceremony.

The University of Chicago Medicine has recently celebrated some important milestones that will help us to remain competitive in an ever-changing health care landscape and continue to provide the best health care for our patients.

A huge milestone occurred September 29 when UChicago Medicine broke ground on its newest ambulatory facility, The Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park. More than 100 people attended the momentous occasion, celebrating the institution’s efforts to bring the forefront of medicine closer to home for residents of the Southwest suburbs.

We reached another significant milestone on October 22 with the first stand and deliver event. The event was designed to inform stakeholders about the progress and the support needed to move the seven key construction and development projects forward over the next 18-months.

Thanks go to Susan Ourada, operations director of facilities operations, and Michael Molnar, director of facilities operations, for working closely with HTS Consulting and internal project teams to make this happen.

In mid-November, the Facilities Operations office will have a new home in the sub-basement of the Bernard R. Mitchell Hospital to bring all of the elements involved in the strategic construction and development projects to a central location. To be known as the “HUB,” this dedicated space will further assist the Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction (FPDC) team’s goals to keep projects on schedule.

I am pleased with the headway that has been made thus far and look forward to what’s in store.

Let’s shift gears. I also wanted to provide an update on the department’s participation in UChicago Medicine activities as well as highlight new personnel changes:

Exceeded fundraising goal. Ten FDPC employees participated in the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk, a hospital-wide initiative, and raised more than $5,000.

A new record. Ninetypercent of FPDC employees participated in UChicago Medicine’s Employee Engagement Survey to get feedback from employees about their experiences.

So long and farewell. Ray Hotter, an employee in FDPC for 38 years, recently retired. We wish him the best on his new journey and appreciate his service and dedication to the organization.

New staff hires. Welcome Jack Larkins, facilities assistant manager; Tianna Robinson, document specialist; and Girard Jenkins, project manager to the FPDC team.

Continue to get up-to-date information about department happenings and construction projects at  our website, You can access the website by directly entering the web address into your browser or from the UCM Intranet homepage.

Lastly, we have created an email address,,  to provide the opportunity for you to give us feedback on issues impacting the UCM campus and our on-going construction and development projects.

Thank you and enjoy this issue of Building at the Forefront!

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