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State OKs Plans for ROPH Emergency Department

Jan. 24, 2017 - (Oak Park, Ill.) The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board this week approved plans for Rush Oak Park Hospital to build a new emergency department on the hospital’s campus at Madison Street and Maple Avenue.

Rush Oak Park Hospital filed a Certificate of Need with the Review Board in late October to replace its existing 50 year-old emergency department with a state-of-the-art facility. The new department is designed to meet contemporary emergency care standards and growing patient volume. The project is estimated to cost approximately $30 million.

“With consistent patient volume increases in our emergency department over the years, the need for a larger and more modern facility has been a priority,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital.

“Rush Oak Park Hospital is continually adapting to meet the health care needs of our community. This new facility is designed around the needs of our patients and will offer enhanced privacy and advanced technology backed by Rush’s high-quality medical care. Overall, the facilities will enable us to provide better and more efficient health care,” Elegant added.

The current emergency department was built in 1969 and designed to serve 15,000 patients per year. The hospital now sees more than 37,000 patients per year, a number that is projected to increase.

The new building will be approximately 55,000 square feet with space for the new emergency department and building and program support. It will replace the Rush Oak Park Hospital Medical Arts Building. The five-story structure has been vacant for two years and was built primarily as a nursing school dormitory.

The hospital is expected to file construction permits with the Village of Oak Park in the coming months. Demolition is expected to begin this spring, with completion of the new facility projected for late 2018 or early 2019.

“This project is another example of Rush’s commitment to building or upgrading new infrastructure in order to continue to provide the best health care possible for our patients,” said Michael Dandorph, president of Rush. “A state-of-the-art emergency facility at Rush Oak Park Hospital makes best use of the high-quality emergency services Rush provides.”

Rush Oak Park Hospital’s current emergency department, located near the corner of Madison Street and Wisconsin Avenue, will continue in full operation until the new facility is completed.