For years, we’ve been calling it simply the “New Hospital Pavilion.” The massive facility rising out of the northwest corner of campus will exemplify our patient care and research mission when it opens in February next year, but it’s always carried that workmanlike description. Today, President Sharon O’Keefe changed that when she revealed its new name: The Center for Care and Discovery.
“Since ground was broken in 2009, we’ve called our building the New Hospital Pavilion,” she said. “But it’s not just a new hospital. We chose ‘Center for Care and Discovery’ because it will transform how we care for all patients, using leading-edge technology and innovative research to deliver advanced clinical treatments in a setting that offers a superior healing environment.”
It’s no coincidence that the new facility is located right across the street from the Gordon Center for Integrative Science and the Knapp Center for Biomedical Discovery, two world-class research facilities that unite scientists from the biological and physical sciences who continually strive to translate fundamental scientific discoveries into better care for patients. This type of collaboration is at the core of our identity as an academic medical center.
“Our researchers believe that major medical advances will be driven by discoveries in genomics, computation and other areas,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago. “The Center for Care and Discovery will help us advance research and education, thereby having a fundamental impact on prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease.”In the coming months, this blog will highlight some of the technical advances and amazing infrastructure built into the Center for Care and Discovery to give our researchers and clinicians the best tools possible to tackle the most complex medical cases. While people will probably always refer to it as “the new hospital” relative to the other buildings on campus, we’re excited to be moving forward with a new name that reflects our place at the forefront of medicine.