The Catalyst June 2017

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Last week, the IMD distributed a press release detailing the IMD's tour of Springfield, where staff spent an entire day meeting with state senators and representatives on behalf of the District. The goal of the trip was to raise awareness of the IMD, and to present our strategic plan. Research tells us that one of the critical components of successful innovation districts is a strong support system that includes elected officials.

This is something that the IMD has lacked for some time. I'll continue to keep the lines of communication open in order to build upon these relationships with our state leaders.


Finally, I hope you enjoyed a long weekend spent with family and loved ones, and that on our nation's most humbling day, you were able to honor the the men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.



The Portes Foundation, in association with The Institute of Medicine of Chicago (IOMC), is soliciting proposals for research projects in health promotion, and disease prevention. Historically, the Portes Foundation has funded grants in the range of $25,000 to $50,000. In general grants are awarded for one year projects.

The principal investigator must be a MD, DO, or PhD, have an appointment at a medical school, other health science schools or colleges, or a medical school affiliated hospital or group practice.

The first phase of this process is a Letter of Intent, which should not exceed three pages. It should concisely describe the purpose and rationale of the study, its expected outcome, as well as the basic methods that will be used for evaluating the success of the project. The letter of intent must be submitted electronically to by July 1, 2017.


ChicagoCAC's third annual Luminary Award Dinner was a super success! On May 4, hundreds of Chicagoans attended the sold-out event to honor Anne Pramaggiore, president and CEO of ComEd, for her longtime support of ChicagoCAC and her strong advocacy for children.



In all, the event raised more than $425,000 for ChicagoCAC's programs and services, including more than $80,000 for its Growing & Giving campaign. To learn more about the Growing & Giving campaign, click here.


Urban Autism Solutions (UAS) has launched its weekly farm stand as part of the Growing Solutions Farm project. The farm is a signature project of UAS that teaches vocational skills to young adults with autism. Each Wednesday from 10a-1p, farm interns will sell their produce on the corner of Leavitt Street and Campbell Drive.



The IMD is working in partnership with Growing Solutions Farm to coordinate food truck visits on Wednesdays during the farm stand sale. There is a parking spot across the street from the farm, located at 2220 W. Campbell Park Drive that is reserved for food truck operators. The IMD and UAS will notify stakeholders of food truck vendor information each week. The first food truck visit is tentatively scheduled for June 7.


Are you interested in running the 2017 Bank of America Chicago Marathon? The Marathon lottery is now closed, but IMD employees are invited to be part of Team Red Cross. Join your American Red Cross neighbors and receive a guaranteed entry to the race on Sunday, October 8.

"Team Red Cross runners train hard for race day because they know their effors support an important cause."

-Celena Roldan, Chicago Red Cross CEO


Team Red Cross helps runners achieve their race goals, while providing a rewarding charitable giving experience. Runners fund raise to support the Red Cross mission to prevent and alleviate human suffering in the face of emergencies. Click here to register, or contact Stephanie Patton with questions.


The FBI is seeking applicants for its Diversity Agent Recruitment (DAR) Program. To apply to participate in the Chicago DAR Event:

  1.    Navigate to "" and click on "Apply to Jobs."
  2.    Select "Talent Networks" and click on "DAR Chicago
       Talent Network."
  3.    Read the job summary instructions and click "Start." .

An information session is scheduled for July 12, 2017.


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Springfield Press Release

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May 25, 2017

Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication


 IMD Leadership Shares Strategic Vision with State Legislators

Executive Director travels to Springfield on behalf of 
the nation's second largest urban medical district


CHICAGO–Illinois Medical District (IMD) CEO/Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney visited Springfield last week to discuss with state legislators her strategic vision to transform the District into a more vibrant, thriving environment for those who work, live and visit. Her efforts raised awareness among elected officials of current and future initiatives aimed at positioning the IMD as the next great health innovation district.

Dr. McKinney spent a full day going door to door at the State Capitol, meeting with senators and representatives alike. Her audience included Representative Art Turner and Senator Patricia Van Pelt, in whose congressional and senate districts the IMD lies. She also met with Representative Martin Sandoval, Senator Tony Munoz, House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton, among others.

“I was heartened by the reception from our elected officials when I shared our ambitious goals for the District,” said Dr. McKinney. “Their support will be critical to our success, and their thorough line of questioning tells me that we’ve piqued their interest.”

Dr. McKinney’s vision for the IMD calls for more strategic development throughout the District that will make a larger economic impact on the city, county and state. The plan also seeks to create opportunities for the surrounding communities through training programs, permanent jobs and more amenities, such as dining and retail.  

“Chicago’s west side residents are often underserved, and their talents are underutilized,” said 5th District Senator Patricia Van Pelt. “I was excited to learn about the IMD’s plan to create change in the community, and I look forward to working closely with Dr. McKinney to see that it happens.”

The IMD plans to leverage existing economic development programs to recruit the types of business that will thrive, as well as foster a more collaborative and innovative environment. Attracting specific companies within the healthcare/biotech sector will ensure that the nearly 30 acres of available land are developed in a way that fits with the overall mission of the IMD.

“For too long the IMD has existed as a little-known entity with a wealth of untapped potential,” continued Dr. McKinney. “Our strategy is aggressive, but necessary to achieving our goal of becoming the world’s next great district for healthcare innovation.”

The IMD will advance its strategic plan by continuing to build awareness and support among local business leaders, elected officials and District stakeholders. It will also seek funding opportunities through federal grants and private investment, both of which are critical components of successful innovation districts. Together, IMD partners will accelerate discovery and commercialization that is reshaping the practice of medicine, generating prosperity for everyone.



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.

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.


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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