University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

Karen A. Morrison, RN, assistant patient care manager (l) and Danielle Harkins, extern registry nurse (r) served as members of the patient transport team, getting off of the third floor elevator to position a patient in their new room in the Center for Care and Discovery.


August 28 was a historic day for the University of Chicago Medicine as 156 patients were successfully moved to the new third and fourth floors of the Center for Care and Discovery (CCD). Patients in the burn, ICU and multi-specialty units were relocated to the state-of-the-art rooms on the new CCD floors from Mitchell Hospital as well as other floors of the CCD.

More than 300 care team members from across the hospital participated in the move and served in a number of capacities from safety observers to patient transporters.

When the “hospital of the future” opened in February 2013, the third and fourth floors remained as shelled space so that Medical Center leaders to determine the best use of the space to meet increasing patient demand and long-term positioning goals. Now, the third floor is home to digestive disease services and a majority of heart and vascular services are located on the fourth floor, completing the entire building.

To support the influx of new patients that will be receiving care on the third and fourth floors, UChicago Medicine is also expanding the patient food service kitchen in the CCD. Scheduled to be complete in November, the new kitchen will more than double in size – from 5,500 to 12,200 square-feet.

In the meantime, to continue to provide patients with fresh, good tasting meals, a temporary kitchen complex has been operating between the Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) and CCD since April.

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