Fact Sheet: The University of Chicago Medicine

University of Chicago Medicine campus

The University of Chicago Medicine, an academic medical center based in Hyde Park on the campus of the University of Chicago, is a not-for-profit corporation which includes:

  • The Center for Care and Discovery, a state-of-the-art hospital with a focus on cancer, digestive diseases, neurosciences, advanced surgery and high-tech medical imaging
  • Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital, dedicated to emergency medicine, maternity care, and burn care
  • Comer Children's Hospital, devoted to pediatric care
  • Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), a state-of-the-art ambulatory-care facility with the full spectrum of preventive, diagnostic, and treatment services
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, one of the nation's premier medical schools
  • Our patient care system also includes physician offices in several Chicago locations, the suburbs, and northwestern Indiana and affiliations with several hospitals including LaRabida Children's Hospital (staffed by University of Chicago pediatricians), Mercy Hospital, Weiss Memorial Hospital and others.

The medical center offers the full range of specialty and primary care services for adults and children, including the following notable programs:

  • Cancer
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatrics
  • Heart
  • Kidney disease
  • Neurosciences
  • Orthopaedics
  • Respiratory disease
  • Surgery
  • Transplantation
  • Women's services

University of Chicago Medicine Patient Care Fast Facts: Fiscal Year 2014 (July to June)

Licensed Beds

568

Hospital Admissions

25,385

Hospital Patient Days

153,070

Hospital Ambulatory Visits

492,078

Hospital ER Visits

78,000 (47,000 adult & 31,000 children)

Pediatric Trauma Visits

260

Hospital Operating Room Cases

18,297

Community Benefit

$254.1M

>Total Uncompensated Care

$122.5M

>Medical Education

$81.7M

>Medical Research

$48M

>Other

$1.9M*

*Numbers are from fiscal 2012, ending June 30, 2012.

Revenues for patient care at the University of Chicago Medicine were $1.4 billion. In addition, the medical center is one of the largest providers of uncompensated care in Illinois and provides millions of dollars in unreimbursed care every year ($122.5M in fiscal year 2012).

The medical center and the University are the largest employers on the South Side of Chicago. The medical campus has more than 9,000 employees, many of whom live in the Hyde Park area. Care is provided by more than 900 attending physicians -- most who are full-time University faculty members -- more than 900 residents and fellows, and more than 1,600 nurses.

A specially equipped and staffed medical helicopter based at a helipad atop the Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital serves the emergency care center's Level-I pediatric trauma unit. A second helipad is located on top of the Center for Care and Discovery. The helicopter serves several special area-wide treatment centers based at the hospital, including a regional burn unit and a perinatal unit. The University of Chicago Aeromedical Network flies more than 650 missions each year.

Closely linked in our effort to provide outstanding patient care, investigate the cause and treatment of disease, and educate physicians and scientists, the medical center forms the clinical arm of the University of Chicago Division of the Biological Sciences. Special programs include:

  • The Brain Research Institute
  • The Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics
  • The Center for Global Health
  • The Center for Personalized Therapeutics
  • The Great Lakes Regional Center of Excellence (GLRCE) for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research
  • The Gwen Knapp Center for Lupus and Immunology Research
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute (for research in molecular biology and molecular genetics)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
  • The Institute for Biophysical Dynamics
  • The Institute for Genomics and Systems Biology
  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Mental Retardation Research Center
  • The Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research
  • The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics (considered the leading ethics training program in the United States)
  • National Cancer Institutes-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical and Translational Science Award (Institute for Translational Medicine)
  • National Institutes of Health-funded Clinical Resource Center (among the first such centers nationwide)
  • The Tang Center for Herbal Medicine Research
Medical center buildings at sunset

The medical center offers world-class transplantation programs in several areas. The medical center is a leader in transplantation of the liver, kidney, pancreas, lung, heart, bone marrow and other tissues, multiple-organ transplantation, and in research in transplant immunology.

Center for Care and Discovery

Opened in February 2013, the Center for Care and Discovery is dedicated to providing the most advanced health care to patients of today and tomorrow. The $700 million, 10-story state-of-the-art hospital focuses on cancer, digestive diseases, neurosciences, advanced surgery and high-tech medical imaging. The facility is designed for family-centered care and improved communication among all members of the patient’s care team.
Features of the new hospital include:

  • 240 private, light-filled patient rooms spacious enough to accommodate visiting family members
  • A Sky Lobby on the 7th floor -- with floor-to-ceiling walls and panoramic views -- that houses central reception, family waiting areas, a chapel, 24-hour dining areas and other public spaces.
  • 21 operating rooms (with space for up to 28) designed to accommodate hybrid and robotic procedures
  • 52 Intensive care beds
  • 7 advanced imaging suites for interventional procedures
  • 2 floors of expansion space
  • The latest in nurse-patient communications and remote health monitoring.


The Center for Care and Discovery brings together the best minds in research and medicine aided by the latest in technology. More than a building, it offers patients new and innovative medical therapies and an exceptional place for healing. »Learn more about the Center for Care and Discovery

Mitchell Hospital

Built in 1983, Bernard A. Mitchell Hospital is our primary adult inpatient facility and includes the emergency department and the Arthur Rubloff Intensive Care Tower. The tower houses the University of Chicago Medicine Burn and Electrical Trauma Units.

The Women’s Care Center, located within the Mitchell building, is at the forefront of obstetrics and gynecology. Our dedicated physicians, nurses, and staff provide high quality mother-baby care in a newly renovated labor and delivery unit and a high-risk obstetrics unit. We offer nationally known programs in gynecologic oncology, minimally invasive gynecologic surgery, urogynecology, and reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Inpatient gynecologic care is provided in a fully staffed 17-bed unit. We also offer in vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive care services at the Center for Reproductive Medicine and Fertility in downtown Chicago.

University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital

Comer Children's Hospital is a tertiary care teaching hospital dedicated to preserving the health of children through patient care, education, and research into the causes and cures of childhood diseases. Comer Children's Hospital is a major referral center operating 161 beds. The state-of-the-art $130-million seven-story facility provides an ultra-modern yet child- and family-friendly setting for all inpatient children's health services at the University of Chicago Medicine campus.

Comer Children's Hospital is home to a Level 1 Trauma Center that provides immediate, highly specialized pediatric emergency services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

In addition, it includes one of the country's largest and most advanced newborn intensive-care units (47 Level-III beds, 24 Level-II beds). The hospital forms the center of a regional perinatal network that provides nine area hospitals with consultation as well as transport services for approximately 16,000 births, more than one-third of them considered high-risk. The network is committed to reducing fetal and infant mortality throughout the surrounding urban, suburban, and rural communities. »Learn more about Comer Children's Hospital

Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine

The Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine (DCAM), a six-story, 525,000 square-foot building, brings together most of the medical campus's diagnostic and outpatient treatment services. The building includes:

  • 329 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.

The DCAM provides the best possible setting for the healthcare of the future, bringing the latest medical technology and scientific know-how to each patient in the most convenient, efficient, and comforting environment imaginable.

University of Chicago Physicians Group

The University of Chicago Physicians Group, the largest group practice in the metropolitan area, includes more than 700 physicians, most of whom hold full-time faculty appointments at the University of Chicago. Besides practicing at the University of Chicago Medicine Hyde Park campus and its off-campus locations, members of the physicians group provide a variety of services at other Chicago-area hospitals.

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

The University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Medicine is ranked among the top medical schools in United States and is the highest ranked of any in Illinois. Although smaller than most of the leading medical schools, with approximately 88 new students each year, the medical school is known for being rigorously selective, with approximately 6,000 applicants each year, and for its outstanding research programs. Pritzker did particularly well in NIH research funding per faculty member, placing 5th in the country. It continues to attract top students, placing 2nd in selectivity in the latest rankings, versus 4th last year and 41st in 2004. »Learn more about the Pritzker School of Medicine

LaRabida Children's Hospital and Research Center

LaRabida, a facility that is dedicated to caring for children with chronic illness, disabilities, or who have been abused, is the site of the following affiliated services:

  • Allergy, immunology, and pulmonology
  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Chronic disease
  • Developmental pediatrics
  • Rehabilitation
  • Rheumatology
  • Sickle cell disease