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 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

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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

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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

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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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IMD&U September 2016

A Message from IMD Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

I’ve been given a great opportunity to spread awareness about the IMD and all of the great work that is happening here. On September 21, 2016, I will address the City Club of Chicago, Illinois’ premier public affairs forum. During the course of my speech, I plan to discuss a few of the exciting initiatives taking place here in the IMD. I also plan to highlight some of our partners’ ongoing re-development and expansion projects.

I want to thank those of you who have provided content for us to include in the presentation. I look forward to the speech and the platform for sharing the important work being undertaken by the IMD and our partners. We’re moving closer each day toward achieving our shared vision for the IMD.

On a related note, I have an exciting update to share with you. On Friday, September 16, 2016 we will celebrate the groundbreaking of the Gateway Development at 2020 W. Ogden. This 9.5 acre mixed-use development has been in the works for some time, and we look forward to getting started on what will be a critical economic engine for the District and the surrounding communities. A small ceremony will take place on the site on the 16th. Please stay tuned for further updates as we finalize the event. We hope to see you there.

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


Alliance for Regional Development Quarterly Healthcare Conversation

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 Alliance LogoAgency 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 tristate 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. If you’d like to receive an invitation to the event, please contact Shalora Jasper at sjasper@alliancerd.org or 312-602-5080.


Young and Ambitious Speaker Series: The Healing of the Black Body

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016 the Metro Board of the Chicago Urban League will host a speaker series about personal health and wellness for young African American professionals. The event will take place at the Red Cross Chicago headquarters, located at 2200 W. Harrison Street.

Moderator
Dr. Kameron Matthews: Mile Square Health Center

Metro Board logoPanelists
Dr. Jamil Ab-dur Rahman: OB/GYN, Amazing Race
Dr. Inger Burnett-Zeigler: Northwestern Mental Health Professor
Dr. Thomas Fisher: Obamacare Architect, University of Chicago
Adrian Boscolo-Hightower: UIC M3, White Coats for Black Lives

Doors will open at 6 PM for a networking session, followed by the panel discussion at 6:30. A short Q/A will take place after the panel discussion. Seating for the event is limited. Special thanks to Darrin Utynek and the Chicago Red Cross for donating the event space. To register, click here.


Red Cross Louisiana Flood Response

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American Red Cross workers continue to work around the clock in flood ravaged communities of Louisiana to provide shelter, meals, comfort and support services for people who have suffered great losses due to the devastation. Since the floodwaters destroyed and damaged thousands of homes, together with local, state and national partners, the Red Cross has:

• Provided more than 47,700 overnight shelter stays;
• Distributed more than 126,000 relief items;
• Served nearly 356,500 meals and snacks;
• Handled more than 17,000 calls from people seeking information and help.

The estimated cost of the relief effort could exceed $30 million. As of August 22, 2016, the Red Cross has received approximately $7.8 million in donations. If you’d like to donate, 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 development
• 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.


New IMD Staff

Earlier this month, the IMD welcomed two new staff members. Their information is highlighted below for your awareness. Please feel free to reach out to our new or existing IMD staff at any time with questions, comments or requests.

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Nicole Vahl
Health & Sciences Program Manager
nvahl@medicaldistrict.org

Jeanne Cotini
Staff Accountant
jcotini@medicaldistrict.org

 

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Rush Ranked Among Nation’s Best

For the second consecutive year, Rush University Medical Center is listed in US News & World Report’s annual “Best Hospitals” issue. Rush was ranked among the best hospitals in nine different specialties. Additionally, Rush improved its spot in the rankings in eight of those specialties from last year. To read more about these achievements, click here.


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IMD&U AUGUST 2016

A Message from IMDC Executive Director, Dr. Suzet McKinney

McKinney 2015Dear IMD Partners and Friends:

I’m happy to announce that on July 19, the IMDC Board of Commissoners formally adopted the updated IMD Master Plan. This milestone comes after 16 months of data anaylsis, research, focus groups, meetings with residents and elected officials and a public feedback period.  

I want to thank all of our stakeholders who helped make this project a success. We heard your concerns and opinions about the future direction of the IMD, and we believe that you will find your invaluable input reflected throughout this updated version of the IMD Master Plan.  

Of course, finalizing the updated Master Plan was just the first of several important steps toward achieving our shared vision for the IMD. The existing zoning ordinance applicable to the IMD, known as Planned Development 30, or PD 30, will be amended to reflect the updated Master Plan. Our staff are preparing the amendment and will work closely with various City departments and stakeholders to facilitate passage and enactment.  

Together, and with this updated plan, we plan to transform the IMD into the national model of a vibrant, thriving urban medical district.  

Sincerely, 

Suzet McKinney, DrPH, MPH  


Job Opportunity: IMDC Staff Accountant

The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) is seeking a candidate for a full-time Staff Accountant. Under the direction of the Chief Financial Officer, the Staff Accountant provides management with financial information by researching and analyzing accounts, and preparing financial statements. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For additional details or to apply for the position, click here. 


IMD Guest House Annual Golf Outing

IMD Guest House

On Thursday, August 4, the IMD Guest House will host its sixth annual golf outing and fundraiser at Cog Hill Country Club in Lemont, IL. Guests will enjoy 18 holes of golf at a world class course, lunch, refreshments, dinner, a raffle and an awards ceremony. All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Comfort Fund, which provides critical services and financial assistance to qualifying guests. Last year, the event raised over $100,000, making it the organization’s most successful fundraiser ever. To sign up or to learn about additional ways to donate, click here.  


CCAC Back to School Backpack Drive

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Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center (CCAC) is hosting its annual Back to School Backpacks drive. You can make sure children have the tools they need to succeed in school this year. Donate new school supplies, host a drive or volunteer to sort donations the evening of Tuesday, August 9. For more information, click here.


Easterseals Re-branding

With temperatures climbing into the 90's and 100's recently, we'd like to provide some important summer weather safety tips to share internally and with your stakeholders.  The CDC recommends three basic tips to help keep you safe during periods of extreme heat: 

    1. Stay Cool: stay inside air conditioned buildings whenever possible.
    2. Stay Hydrated: drink more water than usual, as your body loses fluid through sweat
    3. Stay Informed: Check your local newscast for weather forecasts to help you prepare

In addition, it’s especially important to check on your family, friends and neighbors who are more vulnerable to extreme heat. This includes children, the elderly, the disabled and people with pre-existing medical conditions. If you’re not comfortable checking on someone, you can always call your local authorities to ask for a well-being check. For more information on summer heat safety, click here

 


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