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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 2017 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 April 2017

A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

SuzetMcKinneyPicDear IMD Partners and Friends:

As you may know, the IMD Commission is a seven-member body responsible for the development and collaboration of medical science initiatives that support our partners within the District. Four Commissioners are appointed by the Illinois Governor, two by the Mayor of the City of Chicago and one by the President of the Cook County Board.

The work of the commission is essential in helping us achieve our goal of transforming the District into a world class health life destination. Last week at our bi-monthly commission meeting, the IMD welcomed two new commissioners. Neville Reid is a capital partner at Fox Swibel Levin & Caroll, where he co-chairs the Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditors’ Rights Group. Commissioner Reid has over 25 years’ experience representing a diverse client group “in all aspects” of bankruptcy. He completed his undergraduate and Juris Doctor (JD) degrees at Harvard.

John T. Cooke, Jr is the Regional Commissioner of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Public Buildings Service. In that post he heads the U.S. real estate operations in the six-state Region and is responsible for a property portfolio comprising more than 35 million square feet of offices and workplaces in nearly 1,100 buildings owned or leased by GSA. Commissioner Cooke was recognized in 2014 by the Chicago Defender as one of the city's 50 African American Men of Excellence.

Finally, I’d like to extend our gratitude to outgoing commissioners George Bilicic and Terry Mazany. They were steadfast in their dedication to helping us succeed in the many different initiatives aimed at putting the IMD on the map. We’re grateful for their invaluable service and mentorship.

Sincerely,

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


 CAN TV Names New Executive Director

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Last month, CAN TV announced the appointment of Jim McVane as Executive Director. Prior to his appointment, Mr. McVane spent over 20 years with the City of Chicago, working in various positions related to cable television regulation and alternative video service providers. Most recently, he served as a Deputy Commissioner and Attorney for the city’s Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection. Mr. McVane began his duties as CAN TV Executive Director on March 6. To learn more about Mr. McVane and his appointment, click here.


CHICAT Grand Opening

ChiCatBuilding On Wednesday, March 22, The Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (CHICAT) officially opened the doors to its new state of the art facility, located in the IMD. CHICAT celebrated the occasion with a grand opening event that included a guided tour of the facility, a performance by the Chicago High School for the Arts Jazz Combo A and a reception that featured remarks from CHICAT CEO/Executive Director Sequane Lawrence, civic leaders and other partners. CHICAT offers arts education classes for youth and career training for adults in the fields of advanced manufacturing and healthcare. Please join us in welcoming CHICAT to the IMD!


Claremont McKenna College IMD Visit

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Claremont McKenna College Career Services hosted a Student Network Trip to Chicago on March 13-17. The trip focused on the school’s Science/Medical Interest Clusters, specifically: Medicine, Biotech, Health Service, Science and Environment. The goal of the trip was to provide the students with a better sense of the work being done in Chicago, and increase their awareness of the vast number of career opportunities open to them, both now and in the future.

On March 16th, the students visited the IMD. As part of their visit, the group made stops at several of our partner institutions, including the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office, Jesse Brown VA Hospital, the Chicago Department of Public Health and GreatPoint Energy. The students received an overview of the work being done at each organization, toured the facilities, and had an opportunity to ask questions to a variety of staff.


ChicagoCAC Luminary Award Dinner

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On Thursday, May 4, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) will host its third annual Luminary Award Dinner. This year, ChicagoCAC is pleased to honor Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, for her contributions the city’s children, and for “lighting the path toward hope and healing.”

Community leaders, professionals and supporters are invited to attend the event, which will take place at the Union League Club from 5:30 to 9 PM. Proceeds from the event will support ChicagoCAC’s mission to prevent child sexual abuse and help children and families heal. For more information, or to register for the event, click here.


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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 March 2017

A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

SuzetMcKinneyPicDear IMD Partners and Friends:

Last November, with the support of Alderman Jason Ervin, three reserved parking spaces were designated for food trucks to legally operate within the District. The partially overturned ban was a huge step toward providing more amenities in the IMD.

I’m happy to announce that last week, in approving the minutes from their January meeting, the Chicago City Council fully lifted the food truck ban in the IMD. This means that food truck vendors who are properly licensed can now operate widely throughout the District, as long as they are not parked within 200 feet of a brick and mortar restaurant. Our staff has conducted extensive outreach to both individual vendors and food truck associations, to inform them of this great news. You can expect to see food trucks operating throughout the District as we move forward.

Finally, I’d like to thank our IMD partners who attended the first two IMD Food Truck Festivals. Despite the cold weather and long lines, many of you packed our lot to help celebrate this new and exciting venture. The vendors were thrilled by the turnout, and we’re told to keep an eye out as they plan to visit us again soon. We also received a good deal of feedback on how we can make these events even more enjoyable moving forward. Stay tuned for announcements on future IMD Food Truck events as we work toward our goal of making the IMD a more thriving environment for the nearly 80,000 daily visitors.

Sincerely,

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


 Job Opportunity: American Red Cross

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The American Red Cross has a job opening for the position of Regional Communications Program Manager. The position is staffed at the Red Cross Chicago headquarters, located in the IMD. From the job posting:

“This position is a critical component of the American Red Cross regional team and infrastructure. It is responsible for implementing the communications functions in local markets. It works to raise the visibility of the Red Cross to help communities understand how to access Red Cross services and supports all revenue generation activities of the organization.”

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


Job Opportunity: UIC

UIC has a job opening for the position of Associate Director for Community Relations. From the job posting:

“…this position is responsible for strategically planning and implementing community engagement and outreach strategies across campus and externally as directed. The position works to maintain collaborative relationships with various community and civic constituency groups and represents the University in an effort to support UIC’s mission of community engagement and service.”

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


Chicago Red Cross CEO Wins Women Driving Excellence Award

Celena WODREX On Wednesday, February 15, Chicago Red Cross CEO Celena Roldan was one of five women to receive the  2017 Women Driving Excellence (WDE) Award. The WDE program is a yearly event “honoring trailblazing  women who start, accelerate, fuel and steer others to excellence.” The ceremony took place at the Chicago Auto  Show, and was part of a larger program that included panel discussions and networking sessions.

 In addition to the ceremony, WDE partnered with Chicago Woman Magazine for its February issue, in which this  year’s winners were profiled. IMD Executive Director and 2015 WDE honoree Dr. Suzet McKinney was also  featured in a “Where are They Now” section of the issue. To learn more about the WDE program, click here.


CCAC Young Leaders

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The Chicago Central Area Committee (CCAC) is a sixty-year old civic group that is focused on planning and development in Chicago. CCAC and its members have played a pivotal role in positioning Chicago as a global City. The organization hosts monthly lunches with high-level speaker series.

Last year, CCAC launched the Young Leaders tier in order to integrate the next generation of influencers into its important work. The Young Leaders meet quarterly, and get access to exclusive venues and speakers. The first Young Leaders event of 2017 will take place on Tuesday March 7, and will address the development of the Streeterville neighborhood. Among the confirmed speakers are 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and Gail Spreen, Owner of Streeterville Properties. CCAC membership is by invitation only, but individuals or organizations interested in membership can contact CCAC Executive Director Kelly O’Brien.


Chicago CAC "Beyond Words" Reception

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On Sunday, April 2, in recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (ChicagoCAC) will host its “Beyond Words” reception to honor survivors of child sexual abuse. The reception will take place at The Public House Theater, located at 3914 N. Clark Street. The event is open to all community members. Attendees who have been impacted by child sexual abuse are invited to decorate a t-shirt for the event’s interactive exhibit, which will also include children’s art.

In addition to the interactive exhibit, the “Beyond Words” reception will feature light refreshments, live music, a poetry reading and a discussion about child sexual abuse prevention and survivorship. To learn more or to RSVP for the event, 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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