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University of Chicago Medicine - Center for Care and Discovery

Hyde Park, IL

Creating a safe and efficient atmosphere for patients and staff is the focus for University of Chicago Medicine’s (UCM) Center for Care and Discovery. The renovation includes 207 private patient rooms along with necessary support spaces. The Design process focused on LEAN and evidence-based design. UCM embraced design techniques by engaging in the following:

  • ​Operations Excellence including 3P (Production, Preparation, Process) with multiple Kaizen events with hospital staff and members of the design team to consider the most efficient processes.

  • Experiential Testing through construction of life-size foam mock-ups. These to-scale spaces allowed the client to test the efficiency of a variety of patient room layouts.

  • Functional Creativity to go beyond the “standards” to consider the patient’s needs resulted in “Assisted- Accessible” patient bathrooms to allow staff to assist patients temporarily disabled due to illness and/or surgery.

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2017 ENR Midwest Best Project in Healthcare and Best Safety Award
2017 Building Design + Construction Silver Medal

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