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As an IMD partner or key constituent, you aren’t just part of the Illinois Medical District story, you—and those you serve—are the heart of it. Throughout 2016 we will share monthly updates on all that is taking place in the IMD and encourage U to be part of our story by emailing IMD&U@medicaldistrict.org with ideas and topics of interest.

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IMD&U February 2017

A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

SuzetMcKinneyPicDear IMD Partners and Friends:

Last month, our partners at UIC hosted a delegation of doctors from the Cuban Ministry of Health. The visit marked the launch of a new partnership aimed at improving health in under-resourced communities through improvements in community-based care. The initial visit focused on maternal and infant health and cancer screening and prevention.

Throughout the week, the delegation visited community clinics that are operated by our partners at Mile Square Health Center. The visit culminated in a panel discussion and community meeting here at the IMD offices, which included remarks from Senator Dick Durbin and Dr. Robert Winn, associate vice chancellor of community based practice at UI Health.

UI Health is one of the IMD’s anchor institutions, and we’re excited to be a partner in the Collaborative with the Cuban Ministry of Health. We are proud to say that this groundbreaking body of work occurred in the IMD, and I know that our colleagues in the healthcare system and the community will benefit greatly from this historic collaboration.

I’d like to thank our additional partners, community members and elected officials for participating in the various events during the delegation’s visit, and for your support as we work toward our vision for the future of the IMD as a world class urban health and medical epicenter.

Sincerely,

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


CTA Station Closures

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As construction to improve the IMD Blue Line stop continues, the Damen entrance to the IMD Blue Line station will be temporarily closed beginning at 9 AM, Monday, February 6 until mid-May. The three-month closure is part of a modernization initiative announced in August 2016. Crews at the station will be making improvements to the stationhouse exterior and interior as well as upgrades to the concourse.

The station will remain open throughout the entire construction project. During impacts, customers can access the station via the main entrance on Ogden Avenue or the additional auxiliary entrance on Paulina Avenue, which is now an ADA accessible entry.

Customers accessing the station from the #50 Damen route can transfer to the #7 Harrison (weekdays) or #126 Jackson (weekends and weekdays late evening) as an alternative that serves the accessible Paulina entrance.

The CTA will notify customers of additional entrance closures that will be required in the future in order to complete the project.


IMD Food Truck Festival

This Thursday, February 2, the IMD will host its second-ever Food Truck Festival. The event will take place from 11 AM to 2 PM at the IMD administrative offices, located at 2100 W. Harrison Street. Our four participating vendors are:

Donermen

Carnivale

Happy Lobster

Courageous Bakery

Vendors will accept cash or credit. Indoor seating and refreshments will be provided for guests who wish to enjoy lunch onsite. For more information, contact Ryan Gage, IMD Director of Marketing and Communication.


Job Opportunity: UIC College of Nursing

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of nursing has a job opening for the position of Clinical Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science. From the posting:

"The program seeks dynamic individuals wishing to teach within the graduate entry and undergraduate nursing programs within the Department of Biobehavioral Health Science. We have a long and rich history of educating undergraduate and graduate nurse in Illinois and around the U.S. Our mission is to transform health, healthcare, and policy through knowledge generation and translation, and education of future leaders from diverse backgrounds."

For more information or to apply for the position, click here.


American Red Cross Great Chicago Blood Drive

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Blood donations are critical during the beginning of the year, when holidays and winter weather have a significantly negative impact on donor numbers. On Monday, January 9, The Chicago Red Cross and ABC 7 hosted the Great Chicago Blood Drive.

The event took place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago and the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook. In addition to helping save lives, guests were treated to entertainment by Medieval Times and received a Great Chicago Blood Drive t shirt. This year’s Great Chicago Blood Drive collected 684 units of blood!


IMD Partner Spotlight: IMD Guest House

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The IMD Guest House is a non-profit organization that provides hospitality services to patients and families of patients who are receiving medical care in the District. Since October 2005, visitors at the IMD Guest House have enjoyed private apartment suites, complete with amenities such as laundry facilities, cable television and wifi access..

In 2016, the Guest House served an all-time high 650 patients, and provided financial assistance on more than 75% of the nights of service. In addition, 88 veterans participated in the Road Home program, a partnership with Rush University that serves veterans with PTSD. Volunteers are critical to the mission of the IMD Guest House. To learn more about volunteer services, or to apply to volunteer, click here.



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IMD&U January 2017

A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

SuzetMcKinneyPicDear IMD Partners and Friends:

For far too long, the IMD has been void of lunchtime food options within the District boundaries. Well those days are over! The Chicago City Council recently passed an ordinance that will now allow food truck to operate in the District. Earlier this month, the IMD hosted its first Food Truck Festival to celebrate the ban being lifted on trucks in the IMD. The four vendors completed 400 sales in what was a successful celebration for all. I’d like to thank all of our IMD partners who came out to enjoy a great lunch and support a great initiative. I’d also like to thank Alderman Jason Ervin for supporting the ordinance within City Council.

As always, we welcome your feedback as we look to expand and improve the food truck program. If you have any ideas, comments or questions, please reach out to IMD Communications Director Ryan Gage, and stay tuned for another food truck event in early 2017!

As we look back on 2016, I’m very proud of the work that was done to keep us moving in the direction of our future vision for the IMD. Many of our partners reached important milestones, and we are excited to see what the year ahead will bring. For our part, the IMD has a number of new and continued projects to look forward to, including infrastructure construction at Gateway and a plan to attract new business to the District that will help us grow and thrive.

Finally, I hope you all have a wonderful holiday week ahead and a warm welcome into the new year in 2017.

Sincerely,

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


CTA Station Closures

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Construction to improve the IMD Blue Line stops has officially begun, with the first phase of work calling for the temporary closure of the Paulina entrance and concourse in order to make it ADA compliant

The Paulina entrance and concourse will be closed for work from January 3, 2017 through January 13, 2017. No access to the stationhouse or concourse will be provided to the general public during this time. Signage will be provided to notify customers throughout the IMD and surrounding areas. No CTA Bus rerouting will be required, and therefore, construction will not impact any bus commutes.

The IMD Rehabilitation Project will require additional entrance closures to the station in the future in order to complete the necessary work. Future dates and durations for these closures are TBA; all information will be provided as it becomes available.


IOMC 2016 Fellows Recognition Celebration

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On December 1, 2016, the Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC) hosted a recognition celebration for its 2016 fellows, many of whom work here in the IMD. We’d like to congratulate the following partners for their commitment to making a positive impact on public health and critical health issues in the community and for the distinction of being inducted into the Institute of Medicine Chicago:

Dmitri Azar, MD, MBA: Executive Dean, University of Illinois College of Medicine

Robert A. Barish, MD, MBA: Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs, UIC

Jerry L. Bauman, PharmD, FCCP, FACC: Dean, UIC College of Pharmacy

Rani Ganesan, MD: Medical Director, Pediatric Supportive and Palliative Care, Rush University Medical Center

K. Ranga Krishnan, MB, ChB: Dean, Rush Medical College and Senior VP, Rush University Medical Center

Ishaq Lat, PharmD, FCCM, FCCP, BCCCP, BCP: Assoc. Director, Clinical Pharmacy Services, Rush University Medical Center

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH: Executive Director, Illinois Medical District

Nicholas Panos, PharmD, BCPS: Clinical Pharmacy Specialist, Neuroscience Intensive Care, Rush University Medical Center

Michael K. Raymond, MD: Chief Medical Officer, Rush Health


Easterseals Anti-Bullying Seminar

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On Monday, January 9, 2017, Easterseals, in partnership with the Rockford Ice Hogs hockey team and the UIC College of Medicine Rockford campus, will host an anti-bullying community awareness kickoff event. Attendees will learn about the various types of bullying that can affect many people in many different environments. Players from the Ice Hogs will also be on hand to meet attendees and talk about why they’ve chosen to be “buddies, not bullies.” The event will start at 6 PM, and will be held at the UIC Health Sciences Campus in Rockford, located at 1601 Parkview Avenue. For more information about the event or to register, email prrockford@uic.edu or visit the UIC Rockford website.


IMD Partner Spotlight: Chicago Center for Arts and Technology

CCAC

The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT) is a community service organization dedicated to making an impact on underserved youth and adults through educational programs and job training. The goal of ChiCAT is to improve overall quality of life by providing the tools necessary for academic achievement and sustained employment. ChiCAT Executive Director G. Sequane Lawrence and his dedicated team are nearing completion on their new facility at 1701 W. 13th Street, which is expected to open early in 2017. They recently unveiled a new logo and launched their new website, which you can view here.


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IMD&U November 2016

A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

Happy November! It’s hard to believe that summer is over and we are quickly approaching the holiday season. I’d like to update you on the progress of one of our key initiatives. In late September, we announced a Request for Proposals (RFP) for professional real estate and strategic advisory services. The RFP sought to identify highly qualified candidates to help the IMD become an economic engine for Chicago and a global destination for healthcare innovation and medical services. .

Included in the list of desired services is strategic marketing for the nearly 30 acres of IMD land available for development. We must attract the types of businesses that will not only succeed individually, but who will also contribute to the overall IMD ecosystem in a way that benefits all of our partners, stakeholders and community members.

We know that the expertise required to achieve the results we are seeking is specialized and advanced. The time is now for the IMD to put a stake in the ground as a leading health innovation district, so we’re seeking the best and brightest to help us do just that.

The RFP submission deadline was Friday, October 28th. Our staff is working diligently to review the submissions and choose a short list of candidates by November 10th. We will announce our final selection on December 2. This work is critical to achieving our shared goal for the future IMD as a world class Medical District.

Finally, I’d like to wish you, your families and your loved ones a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving.

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


IMD Food Truck Ordinance

We recently took a big step toward a key goal in making the IMD a more thriving environment for visitors and employees. Through our work with Alderman Jason Ervin’s office, the ban on food trucks in the District has been lifted! Food trucks can now operate in the IMD at the following three locations:

  1. 2220 W. Campbell Park Drive
  2. 1030 S. Hamilton Avenue
  3. 800 S. Paulina

We’ve already begun outreach to various food truck vendors and organizations to let them know they can come to the District. We’re also in the process of applying for a special events permit, which would allow us to host food truck festivals in the IMD! Stay tuned for more on this topic.


IMD Blue Line Renovation

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The CTA has chosen local artist Jason Messinger to create original artwork for the IMD Blue Line renovation project. Mr. Messinger has previously created mural work for the Chicago Public Library and Deloitte Headquarters, in addition to private installations and gallery events. The IMD Blue Line renovation is scheduled for completion in late 2017. To view galleries of Jason Messinger’s art work, click here.


Job Opportunity: UIC College of Nursing

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The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Nursing, Department of Biobehavioral Health Science is seeking a candidate for a Visiting Research Specialist (full time or part time). The project is focused on the mechanisms of cognitive impairment in sleep apnea syndrome, using rat model of spontaneous sleep apnea and acute apnea exacerbation. The deadline for application submissions is November 17. For more information or to apply for the position, click here


Vertiport Chicago Fundraiser

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On Saturday, November 5, Vertiport Chicago will host a Fight Night Fundraiser to “knock out Multiple Myeloma.” Events for the evening include a comedy show, live boxing matches and an auction. The event will honor CEO Anthony Pontarelli, who is currently fighting Multiple Myeloma. Doors open at 6 PM and the event will begin at 7 PM. All proceeds will go toward the Anthony T. Pontarelli Cancer Treatment fund. To purchase tickets, click here.

 


Training Opportunity: Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center

CCAC

On Friday, November 4, the Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center will host a training called Internet Safety and Kids with Disabilities: What parents and providers need to know:

Many kids struggle with social interactions and appropriate behavior, and kids with intellectual/developmental disabilities are particularly at-risk online. They may have difficulty reading social cues, determining the accuracy of information, or judging if someone is trustworthy. Because of these social challenges, they may be at a higher risk for bullying, harassment, and victimization when interacting with peers and adults online. To register for the training, click here.


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IMD&U October 2016

A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

Last week, I addressed the City Club of Chicago to discuss all of the great things that are happening throughout the IMD. My speech included updates on several planned and ongoing initiatives, such as the Cook County redevelopment, ChiCAT and the CTA Blue Line renovation. I want to thank all of our IMD partners who reached out, provided information for the presentation or attended the event. Your support is essential as we move forward with transforming the IMD into a world class health innovation district. You can view a video of the speech here.

In last month’s newsletter, I announced that a small groundbreaking ceremony would take place at the Gateway development site on September 16. However, due to scheduling conflicts, the event was postponed. We understand the importance of the Gateway as an economic catalyst for the IMD, and I want to assure you that it is our top priority. Planning for the ceremony is ongoing, and we will update you when more details become available. In the meantime, please visit the new Gateway website for more information about the development, including project details and site renderings.

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


CCAC Guys’ and Gals’ Night Out

CCAC

Join hundreds of men and women for the 9th annual Guys’ & Gals’ Night Out for the Kids on Thursday, September 29, 2016 at Kaiser Tiger. Guests will enjoy an open bar stocked with beer and Diageo spirits, a hearty buffet of bacon- and sausage-focused fare (with veg-friendly options), and a silent auction featuring a Harley-Davison and more. $25 from each ticket sold supports Chicago CAC’s Growing & Giving campaign. Additional proceeds from the event help sustain Chicago CAC’s core operations to help children and families heal from sexual abuse. To purchase a ticket for the event, click here.


Event Re-cap: The Healing of the Black Body

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On Wednesday, September 14th, the IMD partnered with the Metro Board of the Chicago Urban League and the Chicago Red Cross for a discussion about wellness and health disparities in the African American community. We’d like to especially thank Chicago Red Cross Chicago CEO Celena Roldan and her staff for providing space for the event, as well as the welcome address. You can check out additional photos and videos of the event online.

 


Red Cross Blood Drive

Red Cross

Every two minutes, someone needs blood. The Chicago Red Cross is hosting a blood drive at its chapter office on Thursday, September 29th, from 10am – 3 pm.

That’s just around the corner! Join us and give the gift of life, as every blood donation has the potential to save three lives. Walk-ins will be welcome, but individuals are strongly urged to make an appointment in advance. Plus, on the day of the drive, they can log on to the Rapid Pass system to enter their health history, and save time on their appointment.

Drive Details

Site: American Red Cross Chicago Chapter
Address: 2200 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL, 60612
Room Name: 131 & 132
Date: Thursday, Sep 29, 2016
Time: 10:00 AM - 03:00 PM
Coordinator Name: Dana Clemmans


ACRP Event: Understanding PCORI

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The Chicago Chapter of the Association of Clinical Research (ACRP) will host an event on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Erie Street Café, located at 536 W. Erie Street. Guests will enjoy dinner, networking and an educational session with a presentation about the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

PCORI is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, whose goal is to help determine which of the many healthcare options available to patients work best in particular circumstances and to help patients, caregivers, clinicians, employers, insurers and policy makers make informed health decisions. The cost to attend the event is $10 for chapter members and $20 for non-members. To register for the event, click here.


Mindstrong Program

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Thresholds has launched Mindstrong, a new treatment program in Chicago and DuPage County for young adults with Psychosis. Psychosis is a medical condition where changes in the brain affect a person’s experiences of the world. The Mindstrong program provides first episode treatment services, including but not limited to:  

                • Coordinated specialty care for first episode psychosis
                • Rapid Assessment and individualized care planning
                • Family engagement and peer support
                • School, work, and career planning
                • Community education on identifying early symptoms

    The program is open to individuals between the ages of 15-30 who have experienced psychosis symptoms for the first time within the last 18 months, and whose symptoms are not caused by substance abuse. To learn more or to contact Mindstrong, click here.


    Alliance for Regional Development Quarterly Healthcare Conversation

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    The IMD is excited to partner with the Alliance for Regional Development and Barnes Thornburg to host a regional healthcare conversation. The event will take place on October 5. 2016 at the offices of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in the Willis Tower. The conversation will examine the state of Health, Cost, and Access to health care across the IL-IN-WI tri-state region. It will feature a keynote introduction of the topic and three panels with differing themes:

    1. The State of HEALTH of the people in our region, focusing on health outcomes affected by cost and innovation (or unaffected, as the case may be)
    2. The State of ACCESS to healthcare in our region, focusing on the degree to which consumers are now insured, and the effect of co-pays and deductibles on access
    3. The State of COST in our region, with the good timing in late September/early October of new rates on the state exchanges, and a discussion of those exchanges in each state

    Panelists for the event include:

    Alejandra Garza, AGG Consulting
    Dr. Jay Bhatt, American Hospital Association, Health Research and Educational Trust
    Mark Rust, Barnes & Thornburg, LLP
    Luvia Quinones, Illinois Coalition For Immigrant and Refugee Rights

    ...And More.

    Seating for the event is limited. The cost of attendance is $30 through September 30, 2016 and $45 after. To register, click here.


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    If you'd like to submit an entry for the monthly newsletter, email Ryan Gage at RGage@medicaldistrict.org. Please submit your entries no later than the 20th day of each month.


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