Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center Breaks Ground, Accepts $1 Million Donation for New Center for Advanced Care

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Responding directly to the health needs of Chicago's North Side community, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center broke ground Feb. 12, 2013, on its long-awaited Center for Advanced Care.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center broke ground on its Center for Advanced Care on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. The 156,000-square-foot, $100 million project is expected to open in the spring of 2015

The design of the building we’re celebrating today is a direct response to the sea of change in health care delivery. More and more of our services are done on an outpatient basis.

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center not only broke ground Tuesday on its long-awaited Center for Advanced Care, but announced a major $1 million donation for the project.

The donation by the Masonic Family Health Foundation is the first major gift to be announced for the new outpatient care center.

“Much time and lots of very hard work by many people led up to this day,” said Susan Nordstrom Lopez, Advocate Illinois Masonic president, to the gathered crowd of more than 250 attendees. “As construction occurs, you’ll see the results of thoughtful input from patients, doctors, associates, families, community groups, architects and engineers. Through the devotion and support of Advocate and all of our generous friends, we start building it today.”

The groundbreaking ceremony, attended by State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz, Ald. Tom Tunney, donors, administrators, physicians and hospital staff, was held on the site of the construction. The Center for Advanced Care will house the medical center’s Creticos Cancer Center, the Digestive Health Center and an expanded Ambulatory Surgery Center, all services which have been identified as most in need in Chicago’s North Side community.

The 156,000-square-foot building is being constructed on Wilton Avenue, between Barry Ave. and Nelson St., behind the current main hospital entrance. The medical center, architect SmithGroupJJR and Turner Construction have partnered to plan the outpatient medical pavilion. The group has worked closely with the community, using materials consistent and compatible with the character of the surrounding neighborhood to create an appropriate, contemporary addition to the medical facility.

Nordstrom Lopez said the outpatient center will not only meet the health care needs of the community today, but will ensure the availability of these necessary outpatient services for years to come. The Illinois Health Facilities Planning Board approved the building in October 2012 and, a month later, the Chicago City Council gave its go-ahead.

“The design of the building we’re celebrating today is a direct response to the sea of change in health care delivery,” Nordstrom Lopez said. “More and more of our services are done on an outpatient basis.”

Key Features

  • The estimated $109 million construction project is being constructed with the anticipation of seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.
  • The development will add approximately 21,000 square feet of green space for the community, including gardens, several green roofs, pathways and outdoor benches for patients and visitors to enjoy year-round.
  • The new center will centralize cancer care, digestive health services and ambulatory surgery into one location, creating improved access, continuity, enhanced efficiencies and a better overall experience for all.
  • The new building will allow for the expansion of the hospital’s Digestive Health Program, a much-needed service within the surrounding community.
  • The new center will include the addition of six leading-edge operating rooms with video integration, 18 prep and recovery bays and a state-of-the-art teaching area.
  • Two linear accelerators in the new facility will enable brachytherapy and other powerful, targeted radiation treatments that destroy cancer cells while sparing healthy tissue.
  • The relocated Angelo P. Creticos, MD, Cancer Center will expand to include a second linear accelerator, 14 multidisciplinary patient exam rooms and an on-site laboratory.

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About Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center is a 408-bed hospital in Chicago with a Level I trauma center and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the highest designations awarded by the state of Illinois. It offers comprehensive inpatient services, including medical, surgical, obstetrics and pediatric care, as well as a full breadth of outpatient services. A recipient of numerous awards for quality and clinical excellence, Illinois Masonic was ranked one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals in 2010, 2011 and 2012 by Thomson Reuters, as well as named a recipient of the organization’s Everest Award for National Benchmarks in 2010. The medical center has also been named a Leader in the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index for the past four years, as well as one of the Chicago region’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report for the past two years. In 2012, the hospital achieved Magnet redesignation for excellence and quality in nursing services by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Magnet Recognition Program, which it originally achieved in 2008. Illinois Masonic is part of Advocate Health Care, a 2009 and 2010 Thomson Reuters Top 10 U.S. health care system for quality and clinical performance and the largest provider of health care services in Illinois. For more on Illinois Masonic, visit

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