Rush Oak Park Hospital emergency room addition wins village approval

Village trustees have approved a new $30 million, 55,000 square-foot emergency room addition for Rush Oak Park Hospital.

Village trustees have approved a new $30 million, 55,000-square-foot emergency room addition for Rush Hospital.

The special-use permit allowing construction was approved by the village board on Oct. 2, with hospital officials expecting the addition to open in early 2019.

The permit was unanimously approved by the village board under the consent agenda. It had previously been recommended for approval by the village plan commission.

"I want to congratulate Rush Oak Park Hospital for investing in the community," Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb said. "Thank you. You provide us with good service."

Hospital officials had said the addition is necessary due to a dramatic increase in the number of patients served at the hospital.

According to Robert Spadoni, Rush Oak Park vice president of hospital operations, the emergency room saw 11,000 to 12,000 visits in 1997. This year, the hospital is on pace to serve 37,000 patients in the same space, Spadoni said.

According to the proposal, the new emergency entrance would be near the southeast corner of Madison Street and Maple Avenue. Currently, the emergency room entrance is accessed off Wisconsin Avenue, south of Madison Street.

To address increased emergency room traffic, the hospital plans to construct a new cul-de-sac on Maple Avenue just north of Adams Street, which is expected to keep hospital traffic out of the nearby neighborhood.

Hospital officials said the new addition is to be comprised of 21,000 square feet of first-floor space, with the remaining square footage in lower-level spaces.

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