Advocate Aurora Health and CannonDesign are pleased to announce the opening of Advocate Christ Medical Center’s East Tower for patient care, a facility focused on advancing the organization’s mission to provide world-class care to its local communities.

The eight-story, 328,000 sf patient tower in Oak Lawn, IL, a southwest suburb of Chicago, is a landmark that helps more clearly articulate the main entrance for inpatient services and creates intuitive connectivity to buildings across the campus. Equipped with a birthing cent
er, state-of-the-art operating rooms for c-sections and women’s health and critical care units that optimize care processes, the new patient tower empowers Christ Medical Center to better handle increased volume across its intensive care units, surgical platform and emergency department. The facility reflects Advocate Aurora Health’s focus on enriching the patient journey while providing the best possible care for local families and patients. Key features include:

  • Decentralized nursing models facilitate views of every patient and shorten staff travel decisions.
  • Patient rooms advance Advocate Aurora Health’s patient room standards and accommodate flexibility of program needs for the future. In ICU rooms, Cerner Smart Room technology facilitates patient and staff access to information and remote patient monitoring.
  • The new Women and Infants Birthing Center provides many state-of-the-art amenities for new moms and their families including private high-risk rooms, high-tech C-section suites that provide advanced medical technology and can accommodate births of multiples, and post-delivery suites that include infant bathing tub, internet access, flat-screen TV, and a family area.
  • Targeting LEED for Healthcare Silver certification, the patient tower uses 28 percent less water than a typical hospital in Illinois, achieves $259,000 in energy savings annually over code and baseline, and facilitates 54 percent daylight autonomy.

CAN1334_N24_medium“It’s been an inspiring journey working with Advocate Aurora Health. They bring remarkable focus to the needs of their communities and patients,” said Greg Heiser, Principal at CannonDesign. “We’ve worked collaboratively with them to create a facility that exudes that focus and commitment and helps improve care delivery for those they serve and their Associates.”

CannonDesign utilized a hybrid integrated lean project delivery model (ILPD) model where trade partners were engaged from day one of the design process to optimize cost, efficiency and value.

The tower design is inspired by a stately oak tree that created an inviting outdoor space on the original site. The exterior wall alludes to the organic patterns found in nature while the core of the building provides structural support to all floors and houses the primary vertical circulation that brings people, resources and supplies to the rest of the facility. The nursery, staff support spaces and education spaces are also found in this central location, reinforcing its role as the hub for the primary function of the tower: patient and family care and support.

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