Increased demand for pediatric services, especially intensive care, fueled expansion
Due to increased demand for pediatric services, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago opens the new 44-bed state-of-the-art Regenstein Cardiac Care Unit (CCU) on June 9, 2018, exactly six years after moving to its downtown facility. The new unit on the 22nd floor is a major milestone in the hospital’s inpatient expansion project that will add 48 beds for intensive care and 24 beds for cancer and blood disorders in 2019, bringing the total number of beds Lurie Children’s operates from 288 to 360. This expansion comes as Illinois hospitals have eliminated over 170 pediatric beds since 2012.
In the past nine months, Lurie Children’s has not been able to accommodate 500 transport requests from referring hospitals due to lack of an available bed.
“We are experiencing unprecedented growth in patient volume, particularly in intensive care for the region’s most critically ill children,” says Patrick M. Magoon, President & CEO. “Our goal is to provide leading edge pediatric care in a compassionate and supportive environment and to always be available when families need us.”
The CCU added eight beds with its move from the 15th floor to the new unit on the 22nd floor. The space it vacated will be occupied by an expanded neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) and a new intermediate care unit that will provide the level of care that falls in between the Lefkofsky Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and acute care units. Just a handful of pediatric hospitals in the country operate an intermediate care unit.
The CCU at Lurie Children’s also is one of the few pediatric units of its kind in the nation. The high-tech rooms adapt to the intensity of care the patient needs, which allows children to stay in the same room, with the same care team, from admission to discharge. This eliminates the need for transfers to another unit after the child no longer needs cardiac intensive care.
“We are thrilled to move into our new space and have the expanded capacity to treat the growing demand for our highly specialized pediatric heart services,” says Stuart Berger, MD, Executive Director of the Heart Center at Lurie Children’s, which cares for more children with heart conditions than any other hospital in Illinois and is ranked third in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report. The Heart Center recently celebrated its 30th anniversary of performing heart transplants, with three-year survival rates of over 97 percent, exceeding the national average.
Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S. News & World Report. It is the pediatric training ground for Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Last year, the hospital served more than 208,000 children from 50 states and 58 countries.