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More inpatient beds means more caregivers

With the fall reopening of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorder’s 17-North unit, Lurie Children’s expansion project was completed, adding 76 beds for a total of 364. The number of beds for inpatients treated for cancer and blood disorders doubled to 48. Earlier in the year, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Intermediate Care Unit (IMCU) each added 20 beds, while four neurosurgery beds were also added. To support the greater number of patients being served, approximately 750 new faculty and staff were hired in FY19, including 440 new nurses.

Outpatient expansion in Chicago and beyond

Growing demand for outpatient services beyond Lurie Children’s downtown location in Streeterville continues to drive facility expansion throughout the greater Chicago area. The Potocsnak Family Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine opened in a new facility on the city’s North Side, which also houses the Substance Use & Prevention Program. In January, Lurie Children’s Ambulatory Surgical Treatment Center in Northbrook began seeing patients in the procedure and MRI suites. The 26,000-square-foot facility is staffed by Lurie Children’s specialists, and includes four operating rooms. Lurie Children’s also received state approval to build an almost 32,000-square-foot outpatient center in Skokie. Construction is expected to be completed in the spring of 2020.

Community health partnership launches in Belmont Cragin

Focused on improving health outcomes at the community level, Lurie Children’s Healthy Communities is partnering with members of the Belmont Cragin community on Chicago’s Northwest Side to address child health in a more comprehensive way. The multifaceted program, informed by health data and community feedback, includes a Community Outreach Specialist, and provides trauma and injury prevention training as well as parenting support classes, asthma education and more intensive partnerships with neighborhood schools.The Lurie Children’s Mobile Health Program started “bringing the clinic to the community” by traveling to communities on the West Side, including Belmont Cragin, to offer primary care services like school and sports physicals and immunizations, as well as health promotion focused on prevention and early intervention.

Embracing an anchor mission

Acknowledging its role as an anchor institution in the Chicago community, Lurie Children’s is using its business practices, including hiring, procurement and investment, to address social determinants of health. In FY19, the hospital surpassed its goal to hire 15% of new employees from under-resourced neighborhoods by hiring 275 individuals, representing 19% of all new hires. As part of West Side United, a collaborative of hospitals and community members partnering to reduce the life expectancy gap between the Loop and West Side neighborhoods, Lurie Children’s committed $500,000 in loans to support community development projects and $25,000 in one-time capital grants to small businesses.

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Funding uncompensated care

Maddy Ray’s parents found her cancerous liver tumor terrifying enough. Then they learned their insurance wouldn’t cover the surgery to remove it by Lurie Children’s world-renowned liver surgeon Riccardo Superina, MD. Fortunately, as a nonprofit hospital, Lurie Children’s aims to never turn away a child because of inability to pay. In fact, the hospital spends $131 million a year in uncompensated care costs, partially supported by philanthropy.

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Project ADAM provides lifesaving training

For victims of sudden cardiac arrest, survival depends on immediate intervention by someone trained in in CPR and/or the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Project ADAM, a collaboration between the Heart Center and the Healthy Communities initiative, is providing CPR-AED training to students, teachers and parents at schools and parks across Chicago. Since the project’s launch in February, more than 3,755 people have been trained in 84 separate training sessions. Stuart Berger, MD, Division Head of Cardiology, is Project ADAM’s founder and National Medical Director.