RUSH today announced plans for a new $70 million outpatient center at the former Sears site at North and Harlem avenues in Chicago on the border of Elmwood Park and Oak Park.
The outpatient center will significantly expand access to RUSH multispecialty care in Chicago and near west communities like Oak Park, River Forest and Elmwood Park with the opening of a 60,000-square-foot outpatient facility.
Offering some of the most sought-after health care services — including nationally ranked specialties like cancer, neurology and cardiology — the North and Harlem location is another example of how RUSH is working to deliver the best care and outcomes across the Chicago area and Northwest Indiana.
“Investments like these not only provide benefits to patients in need of care, but they also represent a significant investment by RUSH in jobs, accessibility and health equity,” said Dr. Dino Rumoro, CEO of RUSH Oak Park Hospital and a primary advocate for the facility. This new location will bring outstanding patient care to the community, providing patients and communities with convenient access to RUSH’s nationally ranked clinical programs.”
The RUSH outpatient center will offer care by a number of RUSH primary and specialty care providers.
The 60,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility also will share the site with a new grocery, as initially envisioned by Tucker Development at the beginning of the project. A store was a key element for Ald. Chris Taliaferro, whose 29th ward is home to the location. Details of the grocery will be announced in the near future.
“This is a very exciting time,” Taliaferro said. “This is an opportunity for our ward to bring jobs — but more importantly, this will bring health care to a neighborhood that is in need of a centrally located facility.
Other features of the three-story outpatient center will include the following:
- Approximately 90 rooms, including exam, consult and procedure rooms.
- Same-day appointments (for certain specialties and primary care), online scheduling, extended and weekend hours, lab and radiology services
- Surface parking with nearly 200 spaces
Once fully approved, construction is expected to begin this fall with an opening as soon as January 2025.