advocateAdvocate Good Samaritan Hospital opened its new West Tower to patients on March 1st. The newly expanded patient tower is the final step in Advocate Good Samaritan’s campus-wide initiative to convert all inpatient unit beds to private rooms, creating a patient-focused environment that respects the dignity of both patients and their families.

“Our mission is to serve the health needs of our community and the West Tower enables us to meet those needs in a world-class facility. Through years of deliberate planning, the new space was designed to better serve our clinicians, patients and family members,” said Dave Fox, president of Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. “In addition, the state-of-the-art technology will improve patient safety and make patient care more efficient for our physicians and nurses.”

“Due to the nature of the vertical expansion and the constraints of the site, the team was challenged to think critically and differently about how the planning and building systems would take shape during the design process,” said Project Manager Daniel Perschbacher of CannonDesign. “This forced the team to be even more collaborative as an integrated group of clinicians, planners, designers, and builders, ultimately leading to a remarkable next step in patient care on the Advocate Good Samaritan campus.”

Designed with an optimally efficient floor plan, the new three story vertical expansion adds 96 private Medical/Surgical beds, including two progressive care units. Natural light is incorporated throughout to promote healing and wellness, with plenty of space for visitors and family members, further elevating the patient experience.