The AHA is on the move

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

Af­ter 16 years at 1 N. Franklin St., the Chicago head­quar­ters of the Amer­i­can Hospi­tal As­so­ci­a­tion has moved. While 155 N. Wacker Drive is just three blocks away, the move cer­tainly wasn’t as sim­ple as a walk around the block. It took 80 mov­ing trucks to haul ev­ery­thing to the new digs, says John Evans, se­nior vice pres­i­dent, chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer and trea­surer.

The AHA looked closely at three lo­ca­tions in the West Loop area of down­town Chicago—which is par­tic­u­larly con­ve­nient to the two big­gest com­muter rail sta­tions: its old offices, its new ones and one other po­ten­tial suitor, Evans says. The floor plan at 155 N. Wacker Drive is more ef­fi­cient, al­low­ing the AHA to lease less space yet still have just as many offices and cu­bi­cles and ex­panded com­mon ar­eas, Evans said. Out­liers went on a tour of the new space last week. Floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows pro­vide a lot of nat­u­ral light, even, Evans pointed out, for cu­bi­cle dwellers who aren’t right next to a win­dow. The of­fice also in­cludes a meet­ing room with high-def­i­ni­tion tele­con­fer­enc­ing to bring the Chicago head­quar­ters closer to the AHA’s se­nior man­age­ment in Wash­ing­ton.

Next to the board room is a smaller meet­ing room ded­i­cated to for­mer AHA Pres­i­dent Richard David­son—his photo is al­ready on the wall. Even though the visit was just days af­ter the AHA moved in, Out­liers was im­pressed that a metal AHA logo had been mounted near an el­e­va­tor bank, and an­other had been painted on the glass at the front en­trance.

For more pho­tos from the AHA’s new offices, see Mod­ern Health­care’s group on Flickr: flickr.com/groups/mod­ern­health­care.

The AHA is set­tling into its new home.

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