Commission Meeting Notice - May 16, 2017

May 12, 2017


          MAY 16, 2017 – 8:00 A.M.
          Illinois Medical District Commission
          2100 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-3706
          1st Floor, Room 106

A Meeting of the Illinois Medical District Commission will be held on Tuesday, May16, 2017, 1:00 P.M., at 2100 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-3706 in Room 106.

The Catalyst May 2017

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Welcome to The Catalyst, our revamped IMD newsletter. The layout has changed, but the goal remains the same: to highlight the visionary and inspirational work happening every day here in the District.This is just one example of how we're changing the way we tell the story of one of the nation's largest urban medical districts.

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You've probably also noticed our new look. As we move forward with this new chapter, we thought it was important that our logo reflect the core values of the IMD, while celebrating our roots.

The new IMD logo proudly taps into the heritage of the City of Chicago. The rounded points provide a modern-day interpretation of the City's iconic star, with points of overlap representing collaboration among the healthcare innovators within the IMD.

Together, IMD partners accelerate discovery and commercialization that is reshaping the practice of medicine, generating prosperity for everyone. We're so thankful to have you all as partners. We look forward to big things in the second half of 2017 and beyond!



The CTA has postponed the re-opening of the Damen entrance at the IMD Blue Line station. During the scheduled renovation, additional work was identified as having been caused by a storm last year. Early indications from the general contractor are that the station entrance will re-open in late summer or early fall. We will notify our IMD partners once a definitive date is provided. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Mike Ivanovic, Project Manager with the CTA.

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The following is from the HHS-ASPR TRACIE newsletter, and contains information related to the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule Update:

Due to the large number of speaking requests CMS has received regarding the final EP Rule, they are offering an additional learning session through the Medicare Learning Network.

During this session, CMS will provide an overview of the final rule and steps facilities can take to meet the training and testing requirements by the implementation date of November 15, 2017. This session is scheduled for April 27th from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET. To register or for more information, visit MLN Connects Event Registration.


CMS Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Tribal Healthcare Professionals:


Don't forget to check out the updated ASPR TRACIE CMS EP Rule: Resources at Your Fingertips document, where you can find links to resources applicable to a variety of providers and suppliers. Also, Yale New Haven Health System Center for Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response recently updated their CMS EP Rule Crosswalk which maps the association between the CMS EP Rule Conditions of Participation and existing regulatory and accreditation standards.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. As adults, we are responsible for protecting children from abuse and recognizing when a child needs help. ChicagoCAC offers trainings and free resources to equip you to protect children, identify warning signs and take action to keep children safe. Learn more at And be sure to follow ChicagoCAC on Facebook for regular updates on keeping children safe.


The Cook County Medical Examiner's Office will host a Missing Persons Day event on Saturday May 20, 2017. The goal of the event is to help families reconnect with missing loved ones.If you have any questions about the event, please contact Becky Schlikerman, Public Information Officer with the Cook County Bureau of Administration.

Special Commission Meeting Notice - April 12, 2017



April 12, 2017


          April 14, 2017 – 8:00 A.M.
          Illinois Medical District Commission
          2100 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-3706
          1st Floor, Room 106

A Special Meeting of the Illinois Medical District Commission will be held on Friday, April 14, 2017, 8:00 A.M., at 2100 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, IL 60612-3706 in Room 106. This notice is provided pursuant to and in compliance with the Illinois Open Meetings Act (5 ILCS 120).

IMD Food Truck Ban Lifted

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March 2, 2017

Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication


 IMD & Alderman Ervin Announce Rule Change Lifting Ban
on Food Truck Operation in Illinois Medical District

Rule change to fulfill a longstanding need for more amenities
in one of the nation’s largest urban medical districts

CHICAGO– The Illinois Medical District (IMD) and Alderman Jason Ervin (28th) today announced that a ban on food trucks operating within the District has been lifted. The rule change was introduced in the Chicago City Council’s January meeting and approved in February.

Food truck vendors who are properly licensed, and who follow existing regulations can now operate widely throughout the IMD. IMD staff have conducted extensive outreach to individual vendors and vendor associations to inform them that the ban has been lifted. The rule change is in addition to previous efforts by the IMD and Alderman Ervin in November 2016, which resulted in three areas in the District being designated for food truck operation.

"I'm thrilled the Illinois Medical District community will have the same access to the latest food service industry trucks as every other neighborhood in Chicago,” said Alderman Ervin. “The West Side of Chicago is quickly transforming to one of the most exciting destinations to live, work and play, and smart changes to our rules and regulations like this only further accelerate this transformation."

The welcoming of food trucks to the IMD also fulfills a need for more amenities for its 80,000 daily visitors. In response to numerous initiatives, IMD stakeholders identified the lack of restaurants, lunch destinations and coffee shops as a drawback. Among the goals outlined in the updated IMD Master Plan is to provide high quality amenities such as services, retail and social spaces. The ability of food trucks to move throughout the District makes this service more accessible to more individuals.

“Our vision for the future of the IMD is to create a more vibrant, thriving environment for those who live, work and visit,” said IMD CEO/Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney. "The initial response to the food truck presence in the District has been overwhelmingly positive, and we’re committed to building on that moving forward.”

The IMD is working closely with vendors and city departments to ensure that all requirements for food truck operation are met, and that the vendors’ presence in the District creates an inclusive and beneficial environment for everyone who uses the service.



The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) fosters economic growth in 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.


IMD&U: Learn Our Story. Share Our Vision.

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& with ideas and topics of interest.

Join the conversation on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #IMDandU.


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