Public Invited to See University of Chicago Medicine's 'Hospital of the Future'

Public Invited to See University of Chicago Medicine's 'Hospital of the Future'

Dec. 8 Open House Offers a Behind-the-scenes Look at the Center for Care and Discovery

WHAT: Center for Care and Discovery Chicago-area Community Open House
WHO: Residents across Chicago and surrounding communities
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
WHERE: 5700 S. Maryland Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

Residents from across the region will get their first inside look at the University of Chicago Medicine's new Center for Care Discovery during a Chicago-area Community Open House on Saturday, Dec. 8. The free event will offer guided tours, wellness screenings and information from community health resources, all in celebration of the 1.2 million-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility, due to welcome its first patients in early 2013.

In addition to the expansive public spaces with stunning views of the University of Chicago campus, Lake Michigan, Washington Park and the Chicago skyline, attendees will have a rare opportunity to see areas that will be off-limits to the general public once the hospital opens. The hospital tour will include a behind-the-scenes look at advanced operating rooms, integrated diagnostic and procedure rooms and pre- and post-op areas, all designed to aid collaboration among some of the nation's leading experts in innovative multidisciplinary approaches to care for complex conditions.

Other event highlights include a chance to win tickets to the Steve Harvey show, appearances by NBC 5 Chicago News personalities and discounts at Hyde Park restaurants, shops and attractions.

Registration is required to attend.

About the Center for Care and Discovery

The Center for Care and Discovery, scheduled to open in early 2013, will be one of the most advanced clinical and surgical centers in the country, providing a home for patients with complex medical and surgical needs.

The new hospital will contain 240 private patient rooms, spacious enough to accommodate families for overnight stays. The rooms, located along the perimeter of the building for greater privacy, have large windows that provide beautiful panoramic views. Flat-screen TVs, reading lights, dual-layer window treatments and a state-of-the-art paging system that eliminates the need for overhead announcements underscore the University of Chicago Medicine's commitment to patient-centric care.

For physicians, nurses and researchers, the Center for Care and Discovery is a technological tour-de-force with the space that will encourage multidisciplinary treatment. It boasts 28 operating rooms with integrated diagnostic and interventional platforms for specialty care. The facility was designed by the award-winning architect Rafael Viñoly, who also is responsible for the acclaimed Charles M. Harper Center at the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. The new hospital is largely made up of repeating modular cubes that can be repurposed over time to accommodate innovations and changing medical needs.