Renaissance Transforms Chicago Hospital

Aug. 15, 2007

Chicago, IL - On July 12, 2007, Northwest Community Hospital breaks ground on the Renaissance Project, a $250 million redevelopment of the hospital's Arlington Heights, Illinois campus. Scheduled to open in 2010, the Renaissance Project is the most comprehensive expansion in the hospital's 50year history encompassing more than 332,000 square feet of new and renovated space.


The cornerstone of the project is a new eight-story, 225,000-square-foot patient care addition on the south side of the hospital's campus. Designed by Chicago-based OWP/P, this structure will house an expanded Emergency Department, a 24-bed Critical Care unit, Labor, Delivery, and Postpartum units, as well as floors for medical and surgical patients, administrative staff, and support operations. Key features include all private rooms with a same-handed layout for improved privacy and patient safety, balconies on every floor allowing patients, family, and staff access to the outdoors, and extensive use of glass to promote the penetration of natural light into the building's core. Northwest Community Hospital has embraced the possibilities of sustainable design in the built environment for the Patient Care Addition and is seeking LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council upon completion.  The project is also registered as a Green Guide for Health Care project.  On the east side of the campus, a new welcoming center and parking structure will provide convenient access for patients and visitors.

"The benefits of the Renaissance Project to patients, employees, physicians and the community at large are numerous," says Dale Beatty, Northwest Community Hospital vice president, patient services, and chief nursing officer. "Patient safety and high satisfaction are two key areas of focus, along with providing a top-notch environment for our clinical staff to practice."

"Our intention is to create a healthcare environment that communicates the importance of nature and community to the healing process," say Jocelyn Stroupe, principal and director of healthcare interiors of OWP/P.  "Man's innate need for nature and shelter with others, brings together the elements that provide a connection with the outdoors while enabling him to heal in a safe and protected place. Providing a sense of enclosure as well as a view to, and a connection with, the broader environment is inherently preferred. The idea of sheltered gathering places along with the complexities of the natural environment in color, pattern, and form will be interpreted and seamlessly integrated into elements of the interior and exterior to provide a positive effect on one's overall sense of well-being."


Founded in 1958, OWP/P is a national architectural, interior design, planning, and engineering practice ranked in the top quartile of healthcare architects by Modern Healthcare Magazine. From our offices in Chicago and Phoenix, OWP/P's 330 professionals specialize in the design of healthcare, civic, education, and commercial facilities. For more information please contact Anne Nowicki at 312.960.8368. http://www.owpp.com/        

Northwest Community Hospital

Founded in 1959, Northwest Community Hospital includes the Busse Center for Specialty Medicine, Day Surgery Center, Home Healthcare Services, Mobile Dental Clinic, Schaumburg Imaging Center, Wellness Center, Youth Center, three Treatment Centers, and five physician office locations. An experienced team of 1,000 doctors, 4,000 employees, and 800 volunteers offers the best in advanced technologies, patient safety, family comfort, and compassionate care. The 488-bed hospital in Arlington Heights serves 30,000 inpatients and 370,000 outpatients each year. For the past 3 years, Northwest Community has been named a Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence while ranking No. 1 in Illinois for heart care. The hospital made Fortune magazine's 2006 and 2007 lists of the "100 Best Companies to Work For" and holds the prestigious Magnet Award for nursing excellence. http://www.nch.org/

Contact: Anne Nowicki, OWP/P, 312-960-8368, [email protected]

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