Northwestern Medicine plans $100 million Bronzeville advanced outpatient care center

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Northwestern Medicine is planning for a new $100 million, 120,000-sq. ft. advanced outpatient care center on the 4800 block of South Cottage Grove Ave.

U.S. Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), City of Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, and 4th Ward Alderman Sophia King joined Northwestern Medicine leadership and local community members to announce the planned development at a June 2 press conference.

Subject to regulatory approval, construction could begin in summer 2023 with a scheduled opening in summer 2025.

An earlier published report from Urbanize Chicago says Brook Architecture and Lamar Johnson Collaborative are designing the Bronzeville facility. There will be a four-story Medical Office Building on the north end of the site and an above-ground garage with 250 parking spaces to the south.

“For more than 20 years, Northwestern Medicine has partnered with Bronzeville community organizations to enhance the health and wellness of residents. Every day, more than 1,000 patients from Bronzeville and its surrounding communities receive care from Northwestern Medicine,” Northwestern Memorial CEO Dean M. Harrison said in a statement. “This new advanced outpatient care center will provide patients with access to world-class care without having to leave their community.”

The advanced outpatient care center will reflect the culture of the neighborhood and will offer patients numerous offerings, including:

  • An Immediate Care Center to provide urgent care;
  • Primary and specialty care by Northwestern Medicine physicians;
  • Pharmacy services;
  • Diagnostic services, including mammograms and lab tests;
  • Cancer Center with chemotherapy services;
  • Resources and programming for individual and community health;
  • Opportunities for local retailers.
The center is expected to serve more than 50,000 patients and family members from Bronzeville and nearby communities every year. Approximately 1,000 construction and 100 healthcare and related jobs will be created. In 2020, Northwestern Medicine hired a new recruitment manager to identify job candidates from Chicago’s South and West Sides. This will help ensure that patients in Bronzeville will be treated by an inclusive workforce, including nurses and physicians, that mirrors the diversity in the community.
The proposed center aligns geographically with Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot’s $1.4 billion INVEST South/West program. Marshaling over $1.4 billion of investment resources to-date, INVEST South/West is strategically reversing decades of public and private disinvestment on 12 commercial corridors within 10 South and West Side community areas.

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