Rush breaks ground on £355m cancer and neurosciences centre in US

WCN Editorial Team 14 Jun 2019 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Rush University Medical Center has broken ground on $450m (£354.7m) cancer and neurosciences centre project in the US.

The new 10-storey, 480,000ft² centre, named the Rubschlager Building at Rush, will be located on the northeast corner of Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street on Chicago’s near West Side in Illinois, US.

Scheduled to be completed in 2022, the building will house outpatient clinical services for cancer and neurosciences, including diagnostic imaging, radiation therapy, among others.

The centre will be connected to Rush’s Tower hospital building across Ashland Avenue via an enclosed, fourth-floor walkway.

Rush University Medical Center CEO Dr Omar Lateef said: “In planning the Rubschlager Building, our goal is to make the patient experience as positive and as seamless as possible.

“From the moment patients enter the front doors, we want them to experience personalized attention that makes their transitions through the building comfortable and smooth.”

The Rubschlager Building at Rush will offer the latest technology, equipment for diagnostic imaging and will feature on-site radiation oncology; on-site lab draw and processing; a retail and specialty pharmacy; retail spaces and food options; and 90 individual cancer infusion rooms.

The centre will also comprise 82 cancer exam/treatment rooms; acupuncture and massage rooms; Woman’s Board Cancer Center boutique; infusion and investigational drug pharmacies; 18 neurosurgery exam rooms; 71 neurology exam and treatment rooms; 18 neurology infusion rooms; respite and lactation rooms; and outdoor space.

Said to be an important site for training and education, and for research, the project will also include construction of an adjacent, six-storey, 900-space parking facility for patients.

Rush ambulatory transformation vice-president Anthony Perry said: “We are looking at how services are designed, the ease of check-in and check-out, flow of patients and employees throughout the building, how the infusion services are built, and the ease of travel through the building for patients and visitors.”

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Image: Illustration of Rush's new cancer and neurosciences centre in US. Photo: courtesy of Rush University.

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