On Jan. 9, Rush University Medical Center unveiled its new 14-story hospital building just off the Eisenhower Expressway at Congress Parkway on the former site of several tennis courts. The new 304-bed Rush University Medical Center replaces the outdated Rush Hospital located nearby. The top five floors of the 14-floor hospital comprise the butterfly shape, which is readily identifiable as you drive down the Eisenhower Expressway (I-290).
Architects took the traditional hospital cross shape and expanded the inside corners outward, creating the butterfly shape. This unique shape features four identical wing tips, each of which includes a "patient-care triangle." A clinical workstation is situated at each corner of the triangle, and within the triangle are resources that clinicians require to care for patients, including medication, nourishment and linens. Nurses are able to work easily around and within the triangle. This allows them to spend most of their time in the immediate vicinity of the patient rooms, which are located along the outside edges of the building to take advantage of natural light and great views.
In addition, every clinical workstation and patient room is standardized. This means everything is in the same place, allowing staff to find what they need as quickly as possible. This is particularly important during emergencies when time is of the essence.
Photo captured April 7, 2012.
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