Ready. Set. Get Care.
In a unanimous vote, the University of Chicago Medicine received the green light from the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (IHFSRB) to move forward with its plan to increase access to care for South Side residents. The plan, known as Get CARE (Community, Accessibility, Reliability and Excellence), will address institutional challenges such as capacity constraints and long wait times that can impact patient health.
The Get CARE plan will:
· Build a new and expanded emergency room that will decrease wait times, improve patient safety and serve more patients.
· Offer Level 1 adult trauma services on the Hyde Park medical campus, which will join the Medical Center’s existing pediatric trauma service and Burn & Complex Wound Center.
· Expand access to specialty care services and redevelop the Mitchell hospital to be a dedicated cancer hospital
Vice President of the Facilities, Planning, Design and Construction (FPD&C) Marco Capicchioni says that the department has already started preliminary work to implement UChicago Medicine’s monumental plan.
“Get CARE is a very detailed and comprehensive plan,” Capicchioni said. “It is imperative that we begin to scope out the elements of the project early to get ahead of any obstacles and address issues that can impact the rollout of the plan.”
To jumpstart the execution of the $269 million plan, FPD&C has begun to assess the condition of the Bernard R. Mitchell Hospital, which will be the home of the institution’s cancer hospital.
An independent pre-construction services team consisting of an architect, contractor, structural engineer and an elevator consultant was assembled in to identify the building’s opportunities and challenges, providing a better understanding of the construction work that will need to take place.
FPD&C is working to determine the best approach to develop a vision for the cancer center facilities. The three- to four- month process will entail executive visioning sessions with stakeholder groups and visits to highly regarded cancer centers, among other activities.
Planning for expansion of the adult emergency department is also underway. Kaizen events have been held to discuss concepts about how the relocated emergency department will operate as a result of the expansion. FPD&C is working with the project’s architecture firm Moody Nolan to develop floor plans to include four trauma resuscitation bays and other ideas to determine what will work best.
In addition, FPD&C is working closely with the Office of Civic Engagement to confirm zoning and building code related items with the city of Chicago.
Now that the UChicago Medicine’s facilities have been approved to offer trauma services, it is working with the Region XI EMS Trauma medical directors and the Illinois of Department of Public Health (IDPH) to get approval on a level 1 trauma center.
Although UChicago Medicine is a few years away from completing the projects under Get CARE, Capicchioni is elated about what the plan will do for the community.
“This plan demonstrates the organization’s long-term commitment to providing the best medical care for residents on the South Side of Chicago,” he said. “They have been asking for these changes and the time has come for us to deliver.”
In the meantime, the new outpatient facilities -- the Center for Advanced Care at Orland Park and the Center for Advanced Care at South Loop -- will open in late 2016 and early 2017, respectively.
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