Christ Medical Center unveils outpatient care center
By Terrance Peacock Correspondent February 20, 2014 10:42PM
The supplied artist's rendering for the new outpatient pavilion at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn.
Updated: February 21, 2014 2:14AM
Christ Medical Center this week provided local public officials, businesspeople, donors and the media with a first look at its new outpatient diagnostic and treatment center that’s set to open March 31.
At a reception Wednesday evening, guests got a tour of the nine-story Outpatient Pavilion, which includes three specialty institutes — cancer, neurosciences, and heart and vascular — 12 operating rooms and seven procedure areas equipped with the latest technology.
Christ officials touted the pavilion’s diagnostic imaging, including a new PET/CT service that offers tumor tracking and that they said is unprecedented in the Southland.
The building also will offer various amenities for patients and their families, including MRI suites designed to reduce patients’ anxiety, a pharmacy and a tracking board that keeps family members informed about the progress of a patient’s surgery.
Kenneth Lukhard, Christ’s president, said Wednesday that the center, 95th Street and Kilbourn Avenue, Oak Lawn, fulfills an important need because Christ was unable to meet the demand for its outpatient services because of a lack of space.
“They (patients) were being delayed surgeries, imaging and all kinds of things. Doctors who wanted to bring their cases to patients here could not get them on the schedule,” Lukhard said.
He emphasized that the building also greatly improves access to outpatient care, especially to people with limited mobility, by consolidating in a central location rather than having it “scattered over the campus.”
“It’s all right here. This facility will make the care so much better for the patients,” Lukhard said.
The hospital also will host an open house for the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 1 at the pavilion. To register, call (800) 323-8622.