The certificate of need application for the planned new state-of-the-art outpatient care center at Rush University Medical Center was approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Oct. 30.
The 10-story, nearly 500,000-square-foot center will be located at the northeast corner of Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street on Chicago's near West Side. The project is expected to be completed in 2022, with construction beginning in 2019.
The new outpatient care center will be directly across Ashland Avenue from Rush’s Tower hospital, which opened in 2012. An enclosed pedestrian walkway spanning Ashland Avenue will connect the two Rush buildings at the fourth floor.
The building will be a destination center for cancer and neurological care. The design and layout were planned and designed around the diagnostic and treatment needs of patients who are increasingly receiving routine and often complex medical care in physician offices.
Rush filed the certificate of need application for the project with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board on Aug. 3. The estimated cost of the project is $473 million. Rush will finance the construction through debt financing and revenue from operations.
The construction project will include an adjacent six-story, 900-space parking facility for patients. Until 2017, the site was occupied by Rush University student housing that was relocated during the past year.
New building will increase convenience for patients
The building will house outpatient clinical services, including radiation therapy, infusion therapy, integrative medicine, imaging and other programs. It also will include physician offices, high-tech conference rooms, a pharmacy, retail space and food options, including a ground level with outdoor seating. It will serve as a primary site for clinical research and teaching programs of Rush University, and diagnostic and treatment areas involving nurses, physicians and ancillary personnel.
“This and other outpatient sites will help us improve the health of those who have come to trust Rush for their health care needs,” said Michael Dandorph, president of the Rush System and Rush University Medical Center. “We want to make it as convenient as possible for people living and working throughout the Chicago area to see their Rush-affiliated health care providers.”
Rush has grown its outpatient care locations over the past several years, including opening Rush River North two years ago, and Rush Specialty Care Oak Park last fall. “We are committed to continue expanding our reach into more communities with the recent opening of Rush South Loop, 1411 S. Michigan Ave., in October, and the Rush Oak Brook outpatient center in 2019,” said Dr. Anthony Perry, vice president, ambulatory transformation. “We anticipate a 20 percent growth in outpatient volume from opening Rush River North to the opening of Rush Oak Brook next year.
“Our success in designing, building and operating these new care sites goes well beyond bringing Rush services to the community,” Perry said. “These facilities also provide us with an opportunity to learn more innovative ways to provide even better care to our patients. Each new facility gives us information and a great advantage as we proceed with the design of the new ambulatory building on the Rush campus.”
Rush has multiple outpatient centers and services in Chicago area
Rush South Loop, a 40,000-square-foot outpatient health center, opened in October within a new 15-story, mixed-used residential building 1411 S. Michigan Ave. The center includes primary and special care providers, full imaging capabilities and 60 exam rooms.
Rush Oak Brook outpatient center will open in early 2019 and include a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, 50 exam rooms, laboratory and imaging. The 100,000 square-foot facility is a joint venture with Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. Numerous medical specialties will be represented.
Musculoskeletal, gastro-intestinal and other surgical procedures will be performed in the outpatient surgery center. It will include six operating rooms; two procedure rooms; and 28 patient bays for pre-surgical preparation and post-surgical recovery, including two that will be outfitted for extended recovery for up to 23 hours.
Rush River North opened in April 2017 at 539 N. Dearborn St. It is housed in the 10,000-square-foot ground floor space at the Grand Plaza apartment building.
The practice includes five primary care physicians, two specialists in obstetrics and gynecology, a dermatologist and advanced practice nurses. Lab tests and diagnostic imaging also are available. The staff provides care for a wide range of patients, from those needing routine primary care to those requiring ongoing support to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and high blood pressure.
Physicians from Rush currently practice at a number of other locations throughout the Chicago area, including the following:
- Rush Lincoln Park, 2835 N. Sheffield St., Chicago
- Rush Lakeview, 1300 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
- Rush Primary Care - Loop, 230 W. Monroe St., Chicago
- Oak Park: Rush Medical Office Building, 610 S. Maple Ave.
- Rush University Children’s Hospital North Riverside, 7222 Cermak Road, North Riverside
- Rush Cancer Care in Lisle, 430 Warrenville Road, Lisle
- University Family Physicians Southwest, 7000 W. 111th St., Worth
Rush is an academic health system whose mission is to improve the health of the patients and the diverse communities it serves through the integration of outstanding patient care, education, research and community partnerships. The Rush system comprises Rush University Medical Center, Rush University, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital, as well as numerous outpatient care facilities. Rush University, with more than 2,500 students, is a health sciences university that comprises Rush Medical College, the College of Nursing, the College of Health Sciences and the Graduate College.