Patients moved into new Rush Medical Center tower

January 9, 2012 4:34:31 AM PST
It took more than seven years of planning and three years of construction, and now the new Rush University Medical Center tower is up and running.

Patients were transported to the $654 million state-of-the-art facility Sunday.

Hospital staff escorted about 200 patients into their new rooms and they could not have been more excited.

"Everything is up to date," said patient Sean Pedersen. "They have all new equipment so it's good to see they are getting all new equipment for the research."

Kydie Grosshuesch, assistant unit director, said more than a year of planning made the move run smoothly.

In addition to the medical centers unique clover leaf design, it has an incredible view of the Chicago skyline. The design does not just improve the view, but patient care as well.

"The nursing staff will be very close to the patients," said chief nursing offier Cynthia Barginere. "The design facilitates that, we have what we call neighborhoods for patient care, so everything the nurse needs is either right outside their room or within a few steps. They will be much more efficient."

Rodina White was the first patient moved into the new facility.

"The rooms are simply gorgeous," White said. "It's almost like your own apartment the way they have it set up."

Rush's new tower also holds an emergency response department, the first of its kind in the U.S., ready for large scale health emergencies.

The new building is just part of a $1 billion redevelopment project called the Rush Transformation. Rush now has a total of 664 beds.