University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

Picture: The new administrative suite reception area located in the HVIC

The University of Chicago Medicine’s Heart and Vascular Imaging Center (HVIC) has been recognized for pioneering many of the cardiac imaging techniques used around the world. To continue the center’s revolutionary work and to enhance the patient experience, construction is underway to provide the institution’s imaging services in a new state-of-the-art space.

Patients currently access imaging services in several buildings on the UChicago Medicine campus. This project will consolidate most of these services into one centralized location, the fifth floor of the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), thereby making services more convenient.

“It is our goal to provide patients with the most coordinated care, and that includes co-locating services for improved patient access,” said Kim Ames, program director in facilities operations.

Construction for the new center will be conducted in two phases. The first phase of the project, which began in July 2014, entailed identifying and designing a temporary location for the blood donation center and supporting administrative offices on the east end of the 5th floor.

By December 2014, the second floor of DCAM (DCAM 2E) was the new home for the blood donation center. Demolition began promptly in January 2015 to create a new reception area and a bank of imaging rooms. Phase one was completed at the end of July 2015, and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) provided occupancy approval for phase one in August 2015.

The second phase is well underway and required operations to shift from the west end of the floor to the east end as a result of the IDPH occupancy approval.  The remaining imaging rooms, new administrative offices and a new physician reading room are the focus of this phase.

Anthony Zamer, assistant director of program management, noted that the Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction department worked very closely with the heart and vascular team to strategically plan the construction in order to prevent disruption of clinical operations and service delivery.

When construction is completed in December 2015, the Heart and Vascular Imaging Center will contain:

  • 16 imaging rooms
  • 5 stress rooms
  • 5 recovery bays
  • 3 nuclear cameras
  • 2 EKG rooms
  • 1 procedure room
  • A new reception area
  • A new administrative suite
  • A new physician reading room

New medical equipment is also planned for the center. Consulting firm, KJWW Engineering, was hired to develop a medical equipment planning strategy for HVIC and other key construction and development projects. This effort is being led by Ames and Susan Ourada, program director of operating room & procedure areas.

HVIC is scheduled to open to patients in early 2016.

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