Advocate Christ Medical Center’s new patient tower, designed by CannonDesign, is the focus of a new piece from Healthcare Finance that highlights how the facility fills the organization’s need and desire for more critical care space. Advocate Christ CEO Kenneth Lukhard is quoted numerous times in the story and says the 90 intensive care units previously in place had been running at nearly 100% capacity for some time.
“(Advocate Christ) has historically had a lack of capacity here,” said Lukhard. “We’ve turned away thousands and thousands of patients we couldn’t get into the hospital. So the first big challenge was to add critical care beds.” Lukhard also adds, “The second objective was bringing our women’s services into the 21st century. The old one was built 40 years ago, and as much as you tried to modernize it, you just couldn’t. We needed a new home for that.”
First impressions indicate that those efforts have been successful.
“A good friend of ours just delivered here a few weeks ago,” said Lukhard. “They hadn’t been to the campus for a long time, and they were startled by the change. They parked in the new garage on a very, very cold day, came across the heated skybridge and came right to the labor and delivery floor. We did that on purpose, to make it easy for moms and loved ones to access that quickly and easily.”
Focused on providing high-tech, high-touch care, the new Women’s and Infants Birthing Center provides many state of the art amenities for new moms and their families. Private high-risk rooms support a level III perinatal center. The ultrasound suite provides access to maternal-fetal medicine/perinatologists. High-tech c-section suites provide advanced medical technology and can accommodate that births of multiples. Private recovery rooms for cesarean moms include a dedicated infant area to keep mother and baby together. Postdelivery suites include infant bathing tub, internet access, flat-screen TV, and a family area.
Lukhard shared, “(Our friends) came away from that experience saying, ‘My goodness, it really couldn’t have been any better.’”
CannonDesign’s Greg Heiser is also quoted in the piece discussing how trade partners were engaged in the Integrated Lean Project Delivery model leveraged for the project, stating that “The intent is that everyone comes to the table earlier in the design process because you want to develop as much value for the project as you can early on. So we got a lot more ideas and concepts, and then had input from the contractors much earlier than what it would have been in the traditional format. You’re taking the design piece and integrating it with the people who are actually going to be installing it.” Heiser also added that the project will save Advocate Christ in energy costs and water usage.