Hospital staff, nurses and doctors on Sunday transferred patients from Rush University Medical Center’s more than 100-year-old emergency department and not as old general hospital, The Atrium. They relocated approximately 200 patients to “The Tower,” a new $654 million 14-story building at 1653 W. Congress Parkway.
This butterfly-shaped building is designed to expedite hospital care, said Kydie Grosshuesch-Schriver, assistant unit director on 13 East Tower. The triangular nurse stations don't have a desk to separate nurses from patients. The 830,000 square-feet building contains 304 private adult and critical care beds on its top five floors. Private rooms are identical and offer a flat-screen TV, armchair, sofa with pullout bed and a small safe. As the normal hospital rooms are on the top five floors, patients get a great view of the cityscape.
The bottom floors include the emergency department, equipped to help trauma patients and even those affected by potential bioterrorist attacks or pandemics. State-of-the-art radiology equipment provides expedited service on the bottom floors of the new, green building.
One-third of The Atrium, the old hospital building at 1650 W. Harrison St., will close for renovations now that The Tower is open for patients.