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 & Partners to Break Ground at Gateway Development Site







November 11, 2016

Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication

IMD & Partners to Break Ground at Gateway Development Site
Mixed-use real estate development will provide long-term economic benefits to one of
the nation’s largest urban medical districts and its surrounding communities

CHICAGO– The Illinois Medical District (IMD), its development partners and city leaders today announced the groundbreaking on The Gateway Project, a one point two-million square foot real estate development located at 2020 W. Ogden Avenue. A small ceremony will take place onsite at 11 AM on Monday, November 14, 2016.

The development contract for the Gateway site was awarded in 2013 to Gateway Partners, LLC, following a competitive bidding process. Gateway Partners, LLC is comprised of East Lake Management, Higgins Development Partners and Thomas Samuels Enterprises. This 9.5-acre mixed-use development includes:

  • 225-room hotel;
  • Retail and amenity spaces;
  • Medical office facility;
  • Life Sciences laboratory;
  • Fitness center;
  • Pharmacy;
  • Residence tower for young professionals;
  • Multi-family housing;
  • Multi-level parking structure and;
  • Open space public plaza.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate this occasion with our IMD partners and friends,” said IMD Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney. “The Gateway development will serve as a critical economic catalyst for the District and its surrounding communities.”

The Gateway Development is expected to create 3,000 construction jobs and 1,000 permanent jobs in the IMD. In addition, the 92,000 square feet of retail and amenity space will meet an existing demand for the 50,000 daily visitors and nearly 30,000 employees in the District. The medical and science spaces will expand opportunities for collaboration and research, keeping in line with the IMD’s future vision for the world’s next great healthcare innovation district.

The groundbreaking at the Gateway site comes during a time of comprehensive redevelopment planning that is currently underway throughout the District. Cook County Health and Hospitals System (CCHHS), Rush University Medical Center and the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) have announced redevelopment projects that are expected to begin in the next year. In addition, several other new and existing IMD partners are in various phases of redevelopment and expansion plans, including the Chicago Center for Arts and Technology (ChiCAT), Growing Solutions Farm and the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind.

“The west side has patiently awaited its turn to take part in the great economic growth that is happening throughout the city,” continued Dr. McKinney. “The time is now, and the Gateway Development is just the start of a brighter future for the IMD and the surrounding communities.”

Infrastructure construction is scheduled to being in late fall 2016, with scheduled early delivery of phase one of development occurring in May 2018. Retail vendors have yet to be determined. Following the groundbreaking ceremony, IMD leadership and Gateway Partners, LLC will be available for a short comment period.


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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