The University of Chicago Medicine’s new 1.2 million-square-foot hospital is getting a name that will underscore its commitment to innovative medical research and patient-centered care: the Center for Care and Discovery.
The unveiling of the new hospital’s name is a major step on the road to its grand opening early next year and follows months of consumer research and thoughtful discussion by University of Chicago Medicine leaders.
“Since ground was broken in 2009, we’ve called our building the New Hospital Pavilion,” said Sharon O’Keefe, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center. “But it’s not just a new hospital. We chose ‘Center for Care and Discovery’ because it will transform how we care for all patients, using leading-edge technology and innovative research to deliver advanced clinical treatments in a setting that offers a superior healing environment.”
The Center for Care and Discovery is strategically located near the Gordon Center for Integrative Science and the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, two world-class research facilities that unite scientists from the biological and physical sciences who continually strive to translate fundamental scientific discoveries into better care for patients.
“Our researchers believe that major medical advances will be driven by discoveries in genomics, computation and other areas,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago. “The Center for Care and Discovery will help us advance research and education, thereby having a fundamental impact on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.”
The $700 million, 10-story facility will serve as the new core of the University of Chicago Medicine campus when it welcomes its first patients in early February 2013. The Center for Care and Discovery will be one of the most advanced clinical and surgical centers in the country, providing a home for patients with complex medical and surgical needs.
The new hospital was designed for two key groups:
- Patients and their families
- The nurses and physicians who deliver care and the physician-scientists who discover new treatments for complex medical conditions
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