Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) identified Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood to expand its outpatient footprint. Finding 40,000 SF of contiguous space was difficult to accommodate in
a patient-friendly location. During the search process, it became apparent that the best opportunity was to partner with a mixed-use developer to create a new clinic as part of a new building.

In addition to assisting RUMC in the leasing requirements, Eckenhoff Saunders designed the new clinic. The integration within the new building includes a Michigan Avenue lobby, parking, patient, and staff entrances. The clinic was developed around an innovative planning concept known as “off-stage/onstage.” This concept allows caregivers to collaborate within an enclosed work environment near the exam spaces for easy/efficient access. These “pods” were created to be as universal and flexible as possible.

Each room module near the teamwork area was based on a size allowing them to be used as an exam, storage, office, or consultation room. Programs include immediate care, a complete advanced imaging suite (MRI, CT, X-ray, ultrasound, and mammography), allergy, obstetrics/gynecology, primary care, dermatology, ENT, and pediatrics.

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