A Look Inside the New, Kid-Friendly Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago

May 17, 2012

On June 9th, Lurie Children’s Hospital will have their grand opening in Streeterville (225 East Chicago Avenue). The 23-story hospital is nearly double the size of the current Children’s Memorial Hospital in Lincoln Park. The emergency room can serve twice the number of patients and the neonatal intensive care unit now offers private rooms.

The hospital is named after Ann & Robert H. Lurie, who made a philanthropic gift of $100 million to help make this hospital possible. Ann Lurie, who was once a critical care nurse at Children’s Memorial, said that her experiences as both an employee and a parent of six children—several of whom were treated at Children’s Memorial—influenced her to make this gift. Her husband passed away in 1990.

Designed to be “green,” the new main hospital uses sustainable design principles and innovative strategies to increase patient safety, speed healing and make care more efficient.

Some photos of the new hospital are shown below, and you can read more about the hospital and see more photos on Curbed Chicago. The interior design and architecture is amazing. We really like the CT Scanner painted as a submarine – very fitting for the environment. All of the photos shown were taken by Kevin Dickert.

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