La Rabida Children's Hospital To Christen New Outpatient Center On Monday, Feb. 10

Thursday February 6th, 2014

State and local officials expected to attend celebration
Joe Mantegna and other former patients to “greet” guests
(CHICAG0) La Rabida Children’s Hospital is hosting the grand opening of a new Outpatient center on Monday, Feb. 10 at 8 a.m. The celebration, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, marks the beginning of a new era of outpatient care for the 7,500 patients
La Rabida serves annually.
The expansion moves the hospital closer to overarching state and national goals to reduce health care costs by decreasing the number of readmissions and keeping patients out of the hospital by providing top quality care in an outpatient setting. La Rabida will also continue to emphasize patient-family education to keep kids at optimal health and provide support so they can be at home.
“Our goal was to create facilities that are truly worthy of our patients and families, and will help our wonderful staff do what they do so well even better,” said President and CEO Brenda Wolf.
Appointed with bright colors and aquatic themes, the new 13,000-square-foot clinic holds 18 exam rooms designed especially for children with special health care needs. Larger rooms, wider entrances and more specialty areas such as a procedure room and a nutrition area make it ideal for today’s patients with special health care needs.
Designers envisioned a project that reflects a commitment to the environment and have applied for the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) recognition.
Highlights from the LEED design include:
• Overall 18% reduction in energy use
• 40% reduction in HVAC fan power
• 57% reduction in space cooling energy consumption
• Over 75% of the construction waste is being recycled
• Landscaping does not require irrigation
Celebration guests will be greeted with life-size, 3-D images of former patients including CSI Criminal Minds star Joe Mantegna, who was treated at La Rabida for rheumatic fever as a child, and went on to become a top Hollywood actor. Other patients featured in the display also have remarkable life accomplishments and dramatic recovery stories.