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The three-story center brings convenience to patients and inspires collaboration among care teams.

Photo credit: David Whitcomb of RTKL

The recently opened Saint Joseph Presence Center for Advanced Care (PCAC), Chicago, is an example of the trend in single-destination health care facilities that, in this case, offers comprehensive outpatient services with advanced capabilities in cancer treatment, outpatient surgery and sports injuries.

Located on the campus of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital, the center offers several clinical services in one facility to make the experience convenient and comfortable for patients and staff, while making it an appealing workplace for hiring new physicians.

The center has three floors of parking, three floors of ambulatory care, including the 23,000-sq. ft. Mark M. Connolly Center for Cancer Care, and three floors of space for lease for medical offices and clinics.

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PCAC’s comprehensive cancer center includes radiation therapy, medical oncology, and complementary therapies.

Photo credit: David Whitcomb of RTKL

The first floor cancer center will house infusion therapy, medical oncology and complementary therapies. To allow for maximum long-term flexibility, the linear accelerator vaults are constructed of modular shielding blocks.

The PCAC is also home to the Presence Chicago Institute of Advanced Bariatrics, the Center for Orthopedic and Specialty Care, and the Zaccone Center for Holistic Healing. The center is connected to the main hospital via a skybridge and the upper floors feature private medical and physician space.

The facility also will serve as a regional destination for advanced imaging, women's imaging, ambulatory surgery, digestive health and endoscopy, integrative medicine, physical therapy and rehab, diabetes education and wellness.

The project team includes designers RTKL, Chicago; real estate services firm CBRE Healthcare, Chicago; project developers Hammes Co., Brookfield, Wis.; and Power Construction Co., Chicago. The project is being reviewed for LEED Silver certification. 

"Presence Center for Advanced Care embodies a new way of defining and providing a sustainable solution for delivering comfort and convenience in the heart of an urban environment," says Sandy Faurot, AIA, ACHA, vice president, RTKL.

"The Presence Center for Advanced Care was designed to foster multidisciplinary, collaborative care to enhance outcomes and the patient experience," says Roberta Luskin-Hawk, M.D., regional president and CEO, Presence Saint Joseph Hospital and Presence Saint Francis Hospital.

"We can now offer a wider array of services, new technologies and integrative care in one location. Physicians are also thrilled because they can now see patients in both an outpatient and inpatient setting without traveling between clinics, nursing units and medical groups," she says.

The PCAC also can serve as a community hub. A new retail pharmacy is located in the building along with a coffee bar and community meeting spaces.

In other health care facility project news:

  • Construction has started on the new Mercy Medical Arts Building, Miami, near Biscayne Bay. The 116,000-sq. ft. medical office building will be located on the campus of Mercy Hospital, a 1.5 million-sq. ft. hospital owned and operated by HCA and currently undergoing renovation.

    Tampa-based Onicx is building the new facility in accordance with current hurricane codes. Completion of the project is scheduled for spring.

  • The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia celebrated the grand opening of the Brandywine Valley Specialty Care and Ambulatory Surgery Center, a new 44,000-sq. ft. facility in Glen Mills, Pa.

    The new center features more than 20 medical-surgical subspecialties and an ambulatory surgery center where children can have same-day surgery close to home.

    The two-floor facility features a wide array of specialty care services including allergy, cardiology, gastroenterology, nephrology, neurology and orthopedics. It also features rehabilitation services, gyms for physical and occupational therapy, and an ambulatory surgery center.

  • Mercy Hospital of Franciscan Sisters, Oelwein, Iowa, broke ground on construction of a $1.5 million project for a new emergency department, patient registration area and laboratory.

    The expanded emergency medical services facility will house Mercy ambulance services and allow climate-controlled patient delivery to the ED. New registration offices will accommodate increased privacy.

    The emergency walk-in entrance will move closer to the laboratory to decrease disruption to the ED and increase accessibility to the lab. Construction is expected to last about 18 months.

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