Berglund Construction was hired to construct the build-out of the brand new labor and delivery floor at Comer Children's Hospital at the University of Chicago Medical. The Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board unanimously approved the University of Chicago Medical application to relocate and modernize its labor and delivery Unit, which has now expanded access to high-quality obstetric services for expectant and new mothers and their babies.
The project has moved the University of Chicago's Hospital Labor and Delivery Unit from the Mitchell Hospital to Comer Children's Hospital. The change allows the University of Chicago Medical to provide new mothers with a modern, state-of-the-art facility and immediate access to Comer's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. The new unit has nine labor/delivery/recovery rooms, five triangle rooms, two operating rooms (C-section suites) and five antepartum rooms - all on the third floor of Comer Children's Hospital.
Berglund's top priority was to deliver the most effective product for the University of Chicago. Therefore, Berglund and the University of Chicago Medicine Labor and Delivery doctors and nurses participated in the Kaizen method. Kaizen is the Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement of working practices and personal efficiencies. One of the most notable features of Kaizen is that big results come from many small changes accumulated over time.
The group embraced a "Big Room" mentality and began to work on key functions such as, flow of patients, flow of clinicians, flow of medications, flow of supplies, flow of equipment, flow of information and flow of process. Trystorming, Gemba Walk and Mockups were all also part of the process to create the most effective hospital for the patients, doctors and nurses at the Comer Labor and Delivery Unit.
LOCATION Chicago, IL
DURATION 12 months
SIZE 23,725 Sq. Ft.
ARCHITECT Anderson Mikos