Fact Sheet: Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine

Objectives

The Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM) provides the best possible setting for outpatient health care, bringing the latest medical technology and scientific know-how to each patient in a convenient, efficient, and comforting environment. This was accomplished by:

  • Bringing together ambulatory care in one facility to improve access for patients and increase opportunities for multi-disciplinary approaches to outpatient care
  • Arranging the offices and diagnostic and treatment services by organ system or disease. For example, cardiac surgery and cardiology are side by side and all heart disease related diagnostics are located on the same floor.

Size

525,000 gross square feet.
Six floors plus mechanical penthouse.

Looking up at the DCAM

The DCAM is situated between Maryland and Cottage Gove Avenues just south of the Center for Care and Discovery. Each floor is more than 60,000 square feet--about the size of a football field. It contains more than 7.5 million pounds of steel, 15,717 cubic yards of concrete, 170,000 square feet of glass, 15,000 miles of piping, and 30,000 miles of electrical wiring.

Facilities

  • 315 exam rooms
  • 90 rooms for outpatient procedures, including eight operating rooms for ambulatory surgery
  • Two helical CT scanners that allow fast, detailed imaging and 3-D reconstruction
  • Three state-of-the-art echoplanar MRI scanners
  • PET/CT scanner for cancer diagnosis and staging
  • A fully digital chest X-ray machine
  • A dedicated breast imaging center with computer-assisted diagnosis
  • Direct digital linkage between radiology's X-ray image archives and clinics
  • Radiation therapy clinical systems and technology that includes four linear accelerators and two wide-bore CT simulators for precise dose planning and delivery. All four linear accelerators are capable of providing intensity modulated radiation therapy (IMRT). Two of the four linear accelerators can also perform image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT) as well as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS).
  • Both of the CT simulators are wide-bore units that can comfortably scan patients positioned with treatment set-up accessories, as well as plus-sized patients. State-of-the-art treatment planning software can fuse images from PET, CT, and other diagnostic modalities to facilitate precise planning.

Organization

Radiation oncology patient consultation, radiology, mammography, and outpatient surgery are concentrated on the larger lower floors:

Ground Floor

Radiation oncology simulation, treatment planning, and treatment delivery; dietary, central sterile supply, gastroenterology offices and tunnels to Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital

First Floor

Main lobby, registration and billing, pharmacy, ophthalmology, radiation oncology clinic, radiology, and screening mammography

Second Floor

Food court and sky bridge connections to the Center for Care and Discovery, the parking garage and Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital. Also, diagnostic mammography, urology, pain clinic, pre-surgical, and ambulatory surgery

Third Floor

Adult primary care, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatric specialty, women's center, and blood draw

The main clinic areas on floors four through six are designed around a brightly lit central atrium with skylights and a clear view to the north of the Chicago skyline, which helps patients orient themselves within the structure. The clinics are located on the west side of the building, with their associated diagnostic and treatment areas on the east side:

Fourth Floor

Musculoskeletal services (including orthopedics and rheumatology), a "head and neck" concentration (including neurology, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oral surgery, otolaryngology, allergy, and speech and swallowing) executive health, blood draw, neurophysiology, and audiology

Fifth Floor

Chest services including cardiology, pulmonology, a cardiac/thoracic vascular laboratory, endocrinology, apheresis and blood donation, and blood draw

Sixth Floor

Gastrointestinal and cancer floor--with services including gastroenterology, the gastrointestinal laboratory and procedures area, gastrointestinal and transplantation surgery, cancer resource center, hematology and oncology, the chemotherapy infusion area, dermatology, nephrology, and blood draw

Location

5758 S. Maryland Avenue, with the front entrance on the corner of 58th and Maryland. It connects to the medical campus via tunnels and walkways to the Center for Care and Discovery, the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital, and the parking garage. Valet parking is available.