Center for Care and Discovery: Frequently Asked Questions

Why did you name the new hospital the Center for Care and Discovery?

The name underscores the University of Chicago Medicine's enduring commitment to medical discovery and innovation under the umbrella mission of unsurpassed patient care. The name articulates several goals:

  • A reinforcement of the pursuit to bring together the best minds in science and medicine; to foster a culture of collaboration; to deliver compassionate care; and to stand ready for the greatest challenges in medicine and patient care
  • An embodiment of a hospital of the future that allows for rapid integration of new technologies, thanks to a design of repeating large, modular rooms that can be repurposed to accommodate innovations and changing medical needs
  • A commitment to maintaining our reputation as the region's premier academic medical center by advancing research, education and treatment to keep the University of Chicago Medicine at the forefront medicine

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How was this name selected?

University of Chicago Medicine leaders selected the Center for Care and Discovery following months of consumer research and thoughtful discussion.

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What other names did you consider?

Many names were considered, although the Center for Care and Discovery was the best fit for the mission and values of the new hospital, which will serve as the new core of the University of Chicago Medicine campus.

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When will the Center for Care and Discovery open?

The new hospital will open its doors to patients in February 2013.

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Will I be able to tour the new hospital before it opens?

A series of events will be hosted over the coming months as a countdown to the grand opening, including a community open house and media events featuring local community leaders, city and state legislators and representatives from local business and philanthropic organizations. Information will be available as the opening date nears.

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Are you seeking a donor whose name will be attached to the Center for Care and Discovery?

Yes, we are evaluating potential naming donors. Our approach always has been to take our time and get it right. An opportunity for the right party to support a world-class medical research institution like this doesn't come around every day.

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Why are you building a new hospital?

The University of Chicago Medicine is investing in the community by building a new hospital to provide the most advanced health care with the best doctors and nurses. Our current hospital for adult patients was built in 1983 and needs to be updated. Other academic medical centers in the city also have launched major building projects or opened new buildings to update their campuses.

We need this facility to help us continue to attract top doctors and to provide modern care for our patients. Our plan is to be here for the community for decades to come, so we need to remain at the top of our field and to continue to grow. The new hospital will benefit current and future generations of patients from the South Side, the greater Chicago area, and from around the world.

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How will this affect medical care for current patients?

The Center for Care and Discovery will be devoted to complex specialty care, including cancer treatments and advanced surgical programs. At the same time, the hospital is designed to be a patient-centered environment. Our 240 inpatient rooms are private and spacious enough to accommodate family members for overnight stays. Physicians, nurses and scientists in the new hospital will be equipped with the most advanced diagnostic tools available, providing patients with targeted treatments and exceptional care.

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Will any buildings or wings of existing hospital space be closed or renovated once the new hospital opens?

Existing space for adult patients will be repurposed as departments complete their move to the new hospital. These areas will become private patient rooms or be used for additional offices, clinical areas, and research laboratories.

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Does this change how the emergency room operates?

No, the emergency room will remain at its current location in the Mitchell Hospital building.

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How much will the new hospital cost to build?

The overall cost of the project is about $700 million. The project is being funded through loans.

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What impact has the new hospital had on the South Side so far?

The new hospital project has become an economic engine fueling minority- and women-owned businesses in the Chicago area. As of December 2011, millions have been awarded and paid in contracts to minority- and women-owned business enterprises, such as material suppliers, construction contractors and professional services firms, and paid in wages to minority and women laborers. The amount of money paid to minority- and women-owned businesses is more than 40 percent of the total paid in contracts.

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Which firms are responsible for the design and construction of the new hospital?

The architectural team of Rafael Viñoly Architects, of London and New York, and Cannon Design, of Grand Island, N.Y., designed the building. Viñoly is a world-renowned architect who recently completed the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business building. Cannon Design brings national expertise in health care architecture.

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Lorna W.S. (Lim) Wong
(773) 702-0025
lorna.wong@uchospitals.edu