University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences

An image of the new natural birthing suite that will be avilable for expectant mothers in the Family Birth Center's Labor and Delivery Unit, one of the key construction projects that the University of Chicago Medicine will bring on-line in August that was discussed at the Stand and Deliver event in March.


The University of Chicago Medicine held its second Stand and Deliver event, a symposium-style meeting designed to give cross-functional departments an opportunity to share their progress and discuss plans to move the remaining seven key construction and development projects forward. The projects include (in order of their scheduled completion dates):

July 1: Electrophysiology Technology Suite

August 14: CCD 3 & 4

August 29: Labor and Delivery Unit

November 28: CCD Kitchen

December 13: South Loop Ambulatory

December 22: Orland Park Ambulatory


Jason Keeler, the Medical Center’s Chief Operating Officer, opened the meeting with welcome remarks and thanked attendees for their work. He stressed that  the next few months are critical as many of the projects are very close in timing.

An overview of scheduled project completion dates and the steps that will be taken to stay on schedule was given by Mike Molnar, project director, Facilities Operations Project Management Office (PMO).

This Stand and Deliver had a different element. A special presentation on lessons learned was given by a cross section of representatives from the project teams that successfully completed the Outpatient Infusion Center, the Heart and Vascular Imaging Center and the Mother/Baby Unit of the Family Birth Center.

Many heads nodded  in support of the lesson shared by Kate Jones, Executive Director of Women’s Health Services. She discussed the importance of staying in constant communication with the project manager during the construction of the Mother/Baby Unit.

“Changes were happening daily and decisions needed to be made quickly to stay on schedule,” Jones said.

More than 25 progress reports were given during the four-hour meeting. A few of the milestones include: preparations to open the temporary kitchen complex; the technological enhancements that will support the Orland Park and South Loop ambulatory facilities and; the LEAN activities to align efficiencies and best practices with each project.

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