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Medical Center Shows Plans to Residents

Advocate Christ Medical Center says new addition will have a positive impact on Oak Lawn.

officials presented plans for a new building addition to residents at Keyser Auditorium on the medical center campus on Wednesday. 

The ever expanding medical center’s latest construction project features a state-of-the-art ambulatory facility and adjoining parking garage on the northeast and northwest corners of 95th Street and Kilbourn Avenue. Groundbreaking is set to begin in October.

Designed by the international architectural firm HDR Inc. and contracted to Chicago-based Pepper Construction, medical center officials said the new ambulatory facility would streamline outpatient services across the hospital.

“Southland deserves the very best care,” Advocate Medical Center President Kenneth Lukhard said.  “We hope to be one of your greatest points of civic pride.

The ambulatory facility also features a six-level parking tower to be built on the site of the former Paragon Restaurant leading directly to the new addition to include up to 2,000 parking spaces. Advocate Christ expects the building and parking garage to be completed in November 2013.

Advocate Christ officials said they would present their final plans to the Oak Lawn Village Board during the May 18 board meeting.

Pending approval from the hospital’s finance committee, Lukhard and his team hope to break ground in October. Construction will take about two years. Lukhard was optimistic of the impact that the addition will have on the community.

He closed the meeting with an appeal to residents: “Let’s create a medical campus that we will all have pride in.”

Laurey Olson May 14, 2011 at 03:35 PM
Recently I had to choose a doctor and hospital for my BC & BS HMO. I was suprised that Little Company of Mary was rated higher that Advocate Christ. Maybe they shouldn't be so money hungry and greedy. Maybe they should focus on quality instead of quanity.
STM May 15, 2011 at 09:59 AM
I agree with you Laurey. I know a nurse that worked outside of Chicago and suburbs (In a small town South of Oak Lawn). She got a job at Little Company of Mary hospital as a nurse, first thing she said is that LCoM hospital is way behind in technology compared to the small hospital she came from down south. So I could imagine Christ Hospital. Also I've heard that Christ Hospital is the worst for malpractice.And you are right about focusing on quality and not quantity.
Mary May 15, 2011 at 01:03 PM
They ARE focusing on Quality, because there is way too much quantity at Christ! Have you ever been to that ER or had to stay in the hospital? It is forever busy!!! Hopefully once they build this new tower it will make room so that they can expand the ER Department. I am glad for Christ Hospital and I hope it helps them upgrade, it is long overdue!
Don Walker May 26, 2011 at 03:39 PM
How is it Advocate can afford such an expensive project when to hear them tell it Welfare recipients and Medicare patients are driving them into financial ruin?? Smoke and mirrors maybe??

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