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IMDC Releases Draft Master Plan for Public Feedback Period

March 8th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication
RGage@medicaldistrict.org
312-738-5800

IMDC Releases Draft Master Plan for Public Feedback Period
Revisions include recommendations and guidelines for enhancement and
sustainability in one of the nation’s largest urban medical districts

 

CHICAGO– the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) today opened the public comment period for its 2016 Illinois Medical District (IMD) Master Plan. The numerous initiatives currently underway throughout the District necessitate an updated plan, which provides a framework for coordinated development and will help drive economic growth.

The 2016 Master Plan is the result of a 16 month collaboration between the IMDC and lead planning agency Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). Additionally, Sam Schwartz Engineering and Site Design Group served as consultants. Development of the plan occurred in three phases. Priority areas include promoting urban style development, supporting transit use and walkability and providing quality amenities for District employees, patients, residents and visitors.

“We’ve socialized the plan among elected officials, City departments and our stakeholders,” said IMDC Executive Director Dr. McKinney. “Now we want to turn it over to the public, whose invaluable feedback will help determine the best path forward.”

Through research, data collection, interviews, meetings and focus groups, a report was created to highlight the existing conditions of the District and identify the needs of its diverse group of stakeholders. The existing conditions report also serves as a guide for future analysis and additional planning recommendations.

The data collected for the existing conditions report showed that the previous Master Plan, created in 1997, no longer aligns with many of the institutions’ plans for future expansion. The updated plan includes new recommendations to help institutions implement goals and policies to achieve a unified vision for the future of the District. It addresses the recognized need for modernization, sharing resources, improving amenities, safety and security.

In the third phase of the planning process, a document of design guidelines was created. These guidelines establish a set of requirements and recommendations for keeping in line with the goals of the M aster Plan. Among the design guidelines are requirements for building size and density, landscape areas, open spaces and streetscape.

“This extensive project is rooted in our desire to foster a collaborative, well-connected environment for our stakeholders and the community,” continued Dr. McKinney. “By working together, we can achieve common goals and build upon what is already a world class urban medical district.”

The IMDC is planning to host a series of community meetings, during which time residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the plan and offer their feedback. The dates and times of those meetings will be announced at a later date. The public comment period will remain open until Monday, April 4th. Individuals can also submit feedback via email at IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. Individuals who do not have access to email can call 312-738-5800 and ask to speak with IMDC Manager of Operations and Planning, Chris Fahey.

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The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) fosters economic growth of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) by supporting healthcare, research, program, technology commercialization and real estate development initiatives. The IMDC facilitates collaboration among clinicians, academic researchers, private industry and patients, acting as an independent third party convener that brings institutions and individuals together around common needs, goals and themes. Our mission is to be a leader in patient care and medical research utilizing our diversity and unique assets while driving economic growth.  www.medicaldistrict.org

IMD Master Plan Draft

In October of 2014, the IMDC began stakeholder outreach, focus group meetings and conducted research to inform a series of updates to the IMD Master Plan. Priority areas included promoting urban style development, providing quality amenities for employees and supporting transit use and walkability. We gathered that feedback, research and data and presented the updated Master Plan to the City Planning and Building departments, various elected officials and the IMDC Board of Commissioners. Now, we would like to present the plan to our stakeholders and the general public for a period of comment and additional feedback. To view the plan, click here. The public comment period will be open until April 4th, 2016. Please email your feedback to IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. The numerous initiatives currently underway in the IMD make an updated master plan essential for future success. So we welcome your feedback as we begin to determine the best path forward for the IMD. We look forward to working together to build on what is already a world class urban Medical District.

Psychological First Aid: Children and Disasters – Training Course 11/21/15

PREPAREDNESS TRAINING COURSE

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PREPAREDNESS TRAINING COURSE

“Psychological First Aid: Children and Disasters”

Saturday, Nov. 21st 11:00 am – 2 p.m.

Do you want to help prepare Chicago in case of a natural disaster or emergency? Are you a community service provider or a volunteer looking to improve and strengthen your skills in assisting others with their disaster related mental health needs?  Then attend a no costPreparedness Training Course with the Chicago Department of Public Health.  Seating is limited.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the basic objectives and intervention strategies of Psychological First Aid.
  • Gain skills needed to implement the intervention strategies of Psychological First Aid.
  • Adapt Psychological First Aid in diverse settings and with different populations. Special attention will be provided to children and youth
  • Appreciate the importance of providing Psychological First Aid in the aftermath of disaster.
  • Gain confidence in implementing Psychological First Aid in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
  • Identify ways to enhance provider care before, during, and after disaster care.

Location: The Chicago Department of Public Health Training Center at: 1642 N. Besly Court in Chicago60642.  Free parking is available.

Register for your course now.

1.     Go to http://www.cdphlms.com/Public/default.aspx

2.     Create a user name and password

3.     Click on Course Catalog (on left side of homepage)

4.     Under Browse Catalog, select Public Health Emergency Preparedness and select your course: PSY 25 “Psychological First Aid: Children and Disasters”, 11/21/15 at 11:00 a.m.- 2:00p.m%20at%20Nikoleta.Boukydis@cityofchicago.org.">

For help registering or for more information, contact
Nikoleta Boukydis, Psy.D., at Nikoleta.Boukydis@cityofchicago.org.

IMDC Names Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH, Executive Director

 

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Heather M. Tarczan
Director of Communications & Administration
htarczan@medicaldistrict.org
312-738-5800

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH, Named Executive Director

 Illinois Medical District Commission

 

CHICAGO (August 26, 2015) – The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) announced today that Dr. Suzet McKinney will serve as the new Executive Director effective September 21, 2015. Amongst other responsibilities, Dr. McKinney will be charged with continuation of the 2012 strategic plan created with Illinois Medical District (IMD) stakeholders and the Boston Consulting Group which prioritizes the IMD’s key initiatives into four key “pillars.” These include the development of approximately 45 acres of land, fostering translational research, promoting community health, and managing and leveraging clinical data.

“Our executive search process was thorough and deliberate, we wanted to identify the best candidate and are confident that Suzet exemplifies the skills and leadership we need to propel the IMD to the next level,” said Jim Clewlow, Vice-President of the Illinois Medical District Commission. “Suzet has a firm understanding of the Commission’s goals and priorities and together – with the ongoing support of our IMD partners – we will succeed in transforming the IMD.” 

Dr. Barry Dorn, an orthopedic surgeon and Associate Director for Healthcare Negotiation and Conflict Resolution at the Harvard School of Public Health added, “Suzet is incredibly accomplished and has a wealth of information to offer about the importance of healthcare in our current economic environment. She is gracious and engaging and will undoubtedly inspire other women and people of color with her hard work and in-depth analysis of the needs of the IMDC and how to achieve them. She will be a tremendous asset to the IMDC, just as she is to us at Harvard.”

The IMDC announced it would search for a new Executive Director in February and established a search committee that included representatives from all four IMD hospitals and the Chicago Community Trust. More than 60 applicants were considered for the role. The Commission voted unanimously in favor of Dr. McKinney’s appointment at a special meeting this morning.

“I am both thrilled and humbled to be joining the IMDC and working with the Commission and staff in putting the IMD into the national spotlight by showcasing the incredible work of the hospitals, non-profits and private companies within the District,” said Dr. McKinney. “The IMD is the largest urban medical district in the country. My goal is to not only continue the efforts to improve access to care and patient outcomes for local residents seeking care in the IMD, but to also firmly establish the IMD as a key US destination for global medical tourism.”

Most recently Dr. McKinney has served as Deputy Commissioner of the Bureau of Public Health Preparedness & Emergency Response and the Division of Women & Children’s Health at the Chicago Department of Public Health, where she has served in various roles since 2002.  While serving as Deputy Commissioner, Dr. McKinney was responsible for leading the department’s public health and healthcare preparedness efforts, and integrating these programs into the larger spectrum of the City’s Public Safety initiatives, developing a strategy and planning for the Division of Women & Children’s Health, ensuring quality service to more than 40,000 low-income women and children as well overseeing more than $26 million in both state and federal grant funding.

Dr. McKinney received her Doctor of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health; her Master of Public Health was obtained at Benedictine University and her undergraduate degree in Biology was conferred by Brandeis University. Dr. McKinney also has academic appointments with the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health. She is involved with a number of professional and civic service affiliations including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Defense, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and the National Academies of Science, Institute of Medicine.

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The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) fosters economic growth of the Illinois Medical District (IMD) by supporting healthcare, research, program, technology commercialization and real estate development initiatives. The IMDC facilitates collaboration among clinicians, academic researchers, private industry and patients, acting as an independent third party convener that brings institutions and individuals together around common needs, goals and themes. Our mission is to be a leader in patient care and medical research utilizing our diversity and unique assets while driving economic growth. www.medicaldistrict.org

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