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More Than 1,000 Children's Memorial Hospital Patients, Physicians, Elected Officials, Donors and Staff Gather to Break Ground on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
Date:4/21/2008

CHICAGO, April 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ground was broken on the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago today following remarks from Children's Memorial Hospital patients, philanthropist and transformational donor Ann Lurie, hospital leadership and public officials (First Lady Maggie Daley, Governor Rod Blagojevich, Senator Richard Durbin, Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Danny Davis and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.). The 288-bed hospital, located at 225 E. Chicago Avenue directly west of Northwestern Memorial's new Prentice Women's Hospital, is expected to open in 2012.

"This new facility represents our forward-thinking on behalf of future generations. New risks to children's health loom in the future, some that we can predict, others that may stagger us. That is why it is ever more important that we act today for what will come tomorrow," said Patrick Magoon, president and CEO.

The hospital will feature 12 beds dedicated to clinical research, an essential factor in speeding translation of research from the laboratory to the bedside and giving children access to the most advanced treatments. It will also include one of the nation's first pediatric comprehensive cardiac care units to keep children with heart problems in the same room with the same caregivers from admission to discharge.

Designed to be a "green hospital" to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, it will have all private rooms with space for at least one parent to sleep overnight and a "sky lobby" on the 11th and 12th floors to provide enhanced security for inpatient units and views of Chicago and Lake Michigan for patients and visitors.

"Today we are making history," said J. Christopher Reyes, Chairman of Children's Memorial Medical Center Board of Directors. "We are part of this journey for one reason: to improve the lives of our most precious resource, our children. Together we are m
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