What the New Hospital Means...
“Physicians and scientists at the University of Chicago Medicine are intent on delivering the best care for complex illnesses and pushing the boundaries of what is possible through discovery, innovation and collaboration.”
Transforming the Patient Experience
The new hospital drives forward the next wave of University of Chicago Medicine’s contributions to medicine, and serves as the catalyst for transforming the patient care experience.
“It is a design for the future that allows rapid integration of new technologies for advanced care in a way that maintains the patient and family at the center of the care,” said Jeffrey B. Matthews, MD, surgeon-in-chief and chairman of the Department of Surgery.
A new initiative emphasizing parent- and family-centered care throughout the medical center campus starts by looking at the hospital visit from the patient’s perspective.
The new hospital is designed for family-centered care and improved communication among all members of the patient’s care team. All 240 inpatient rooms are single occupancy and spacious enough to accommodate family for overnight stays.
The patient rooms are located on the perimeter of the building for greater privacy. Large windows provide spectacular views of the University of Chicago campus and the Chicago skyline.
Each room has a flat-screen TV, a reading light and dual-layer window coverings that include a blackout layer to darken the room so everyone may sleep better. The rooms are likely to be quieter, thanks to a new state-of-the-art paging system that does not rely on overhead announcements.
Warm ginger and maple tones give patient rooms a residential feel. Each room also features an accent color — a series of eight tones alternating every eight rooms. In the Intensive Care Units, the palette ranges from neutral to light blue, based on studies that show the color has calming effects.
Other amenities to make the hospital stay more pleasant include wireless internet and room service.
“This building offers a tremendous opportunity to transform how we care for patients, from innovative technology that delivers the most advanced clinical treatments and improves safety, to amenities that offer a superior healing environment,” said Sharon O’Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center.