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MOR Now Seeing Patients at
New Orthopedic Building

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush opens largest, most comprehensive orthopaedic center in Illinois.

(November 16, 2009 CHICAGO, IL)

Rush University Medical Center Orthopedic Building

Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush began seeing patients November 16, 2009 in its new, state-of-the-art Orthopedic Building.

The Orthopedic Building is located at the corner of Ashland Avenue and Harrison Street on the Rush campus. The facility offers comprehensive outpatient orthopaedic care in a single location for enhanced patient convenience.

"As our practice has grown along with our research endeavors, we began planning long ago for a model new facility that would accommodate not only our faculty needs, but which would make it more convenient and accessible for our patients and their families when they come to our facilities," said Dr. Gunnar Andersson, chairman emeritus of the department of orthopaedics.

The new Orthopedic Building will offer comprehensive outpatient care on its five above-grade floors. The building features 60 examination rooms, 6 x-ray and imaging suites, an imaging center with CT and 2 MRIs, full-service physical and occupational therapy facilities, orthotics and prosthetic services, and research facilities of the department of orthoapedic surgery. These include laboratories for human motion analysis, biomechanics, tribology (the study of friction, lubrication and wear) and implant retrieval.

The building also will contain offices for all MOR surgeons, researchers and staff, a conference and learning center, and retail space on the ground floor. MOR is in the process of closing its clinical facilities and physician offices in Rush's nearby Professional Building and at 800 S. Wells in the River City building complex. These operations are being consolidated in the new Orthopedic Building.

"For the first time in our history, orthopaedic surgery's departmental administration, research and educational activities will be in close proximity to the outpatient clinical operations," said Dr. Joshua Jacobs, chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at Rush. "This arrangement is optimal to promote interaction between the many productive members of our department and will enhance our translational research efforts."

The Orthopedic Building is part of the first phase of the most comprehensive construction and facilities renovation program in Rush's history. Dubbed "The Rush Transformation", the program encompasses Rush's plans to invest in new technology, build new facilities and improve patient care processes, while at the same time reorienting the entire physical campus around patients and their families. The projected completion date is 2012.

"The new Orthopedic Building along with construction of our new hospital directly across the street, have already begun to positively reshape the entrance to the campus at Harrison and Ashland. The Rush Transformation is the most comprehensive redesign, construction and facility renovations program in our 169-year campus history," said Dr. Larry Goodman, president and CEO of Rush.

The design plans for the new Orthopedic Building paid special attention to environmental efficiency and responsiveness. An extensive green roof restores 50 percent of the site with adaptive vegetation, decreases 25 percent of storm water runoff, and reduces the "heat island" effect. Recycled product for concrete, steel and wallboard was used during construction and construction materials came from local manufacturers within 500 miles of Chicago to reduce fuel for transportation and emissions. Low-flow plumbing fixtures were installed throughout the entire building and low volatile organic compounds (VOC) paint and sealants were used. The new facility will institute a trash recycling program adopted throughout the Rush campus.

Rush is seeking Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED promotes a whole-building approach to sustainability by recognizing performance in five key areas of human and environmental health: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environment quality.

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