Center for Care and Discovery

Our new hospital is a 10-story “hospital for the future” that serves as the new core of the campus of the University of Chicago Medicine. An architectural and technological tour de force, our new hospital provides a home for complex specialty care with a focus on cancer, gastrointestinal disease, neuroscience, advanced surgery and high-technology medical imaging.

At 1.2 million square feet, the hospital is one of the largest buildings on the University of Chicago campus, changing the skyline of the South Side of Chicago. It occupies the north end of two city blocks, along the south side of 57th Street between Cottage Grove and Drexel Avenues. Each floor provides 100,000 square feet of space, the size of a typical Walmart store. “By far what I hear most is, ‘Wow, it is really huge,’” said Bill Huffman, vice president of Facilities, Design and Construction for the medical center and the Division of Biological Sciences.

Our new hospital contains 240 single-occupancy inpatient rooms including 52 intensive care beds; space for 28 operating rooms with leading-edge technology; and an integrated diagnostic and interventional platform including cardiac, gastrointestinal, neurological and vascular services. The building also has two floors of expansion space that could be used for additional patient care units as well as future leading-edge, technology-based interventional or surgical suites.