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CHICAGO— Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine will open a 10-story, $700 mil­lion re­place­ment hospi­tal next month, and of­fi­cials gave politi­cians and other VIPs a sneak peek at the hospi­tal last week. The hospi­tal is set to ad­mit its first pa­tients Feb. 23. The new fa­cil­ity, named the Cen­ter for Care and Dis­cov­ery, will serve as the cen­ter of the Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine cam­pus. It re­places a build­ing con­structed in 1983. Of­fi­cials plan to con­vert the old build­ing into a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion fa­cil­ity and make all of its rooms pri­vate. Work­ers be­gan con­struc­tion on the new hospi­tal in 2009. U of C Medicine is cov­er­ing $500 mil­lion of the cost with bond pro­ceeds and the re­main­ing $200 mil­lion with cash and do­na­tions. The 1.2 mil­lion-square-foot re­search and teach­ing fa­cil­ity spans two city blocks and in­cludes 21 op­er­at­ing rooms and 240 pri­vate pa­tient rooms. The hospi­tal has room for as many as 28 op­er­at­ing rooms and in­cludes nine ad­vanced imag­ing and in­ter­ven­tional pro­ce­dure suites for ser­vices in­clud­ing car­diac and neu­ro­log­i­cal care. The fa­cil­ity will fo­cus on com­plex spe­cialty care, such as can­cer, gas­troin­testi­nal dis­eases and ad­vanced surg­eries. Twelve rooms are ded­i­cated to gas­troin­testi­nal and pul­monary pro­ce­dures. Of­fi­cials stressed the space’s flex­i­ble na­ture; two floors have been re­served as ex­pan­sion space for fu­ture tech­nol­ogy. Rafael Vi­noly Ar­chi­tects and Can­non De­sign devel­oped the build­ing.

— Ashok Selvam CHICAGO—

Holy Cross Hospi­tal joined Si­nai Health Sys­tem in Chicago, com­plet­ing a deal stem­ming from a let­ter of in­tent signed in Septem­ber. Holy Cross will re­tain its Catholic ties and con­tinue to com­ply with the Ro­man Catholic Church’s eth­i­cal and re­li­gious di­rec­tives. Si­nai will pay Sis­ters of St. Casimir, Holy Cross’ re­li­gious spon­sor, an an­nual ste­ward­ship fee of $300,000, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed with the Illi­nois Health Fa­cil­i­ties and Ser­vices Re­view Board. Si­nai is af­fil­i­ated with the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Fed­er­a­tion of Met­ro­pol­i­tan Chicago. For­profit Van­guard Health Sys­tems, Nashville, three years ago backed away from an $18.7 mil­lion deal to buy Holy Cross. Lo­cal Catholic of­fi­cials strug­gled to find a buyer for the 160-bed safety net hospi­tal on the city’s south­west side and wor­ried that nearby hos­pi­tals wouldn’t be able to han­dle the in­flux of pa­tients if Holy Cross were to close. Holy Cross recorded op­er­at­ing in­come of $1.7 mil­lion on $94.6 mil­lion in net patent ser­vice rev­enue in its fis­cal 2011, ended June 30, ac­cord­ing to doc­u­ments filed with the state board. Si­nai fin­ished its fis­cal 2011, also ended June 30, with op­er­at­ing in­come of $629,000 on $376 mil­lion in net pa­tient ser­vice rev­enue. —

Ashok Selvam

Univer­sity of Chicago Medicine’s new fa­cil­ity is set to ad­mit its first pa­tients Feb. 23.

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