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IMD Announces Adoption of 2016 Master Plan

August 16th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

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Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication
312-738-5800

IMD Announces Adoption of 2016 Master Plan

Revised plan to provide a roadmap for future development
in one of the nation’s largest urban medical districts

 

CHICAGO– the Illinois Medical District (IMD) today announced the adoption of its 2016 Master Plan. The updated plan was unanimously approved by the IMD board of commissioners during its July meeting.

The 2016 Master Plan is the result of a 16-month collaboration between the IMD and lead planning agency Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). Additionally, Sam Schwartz Engineering and Site Design Group served as consultants. Development of the plan occurred in three phases. Priority areas include promoting urban style development, supporting transit use and walkability and providing high quality amenities for District employees, patients, residents and visitors.

Following the development of the plan, the IMD shared it with elected officials, City departments and stakeholders in a fully inclusive socialization process. The plan was also posted on the IMD website for a 40-day public comment period, followed by a community meeting held at the IMD administrative offices, where residents provided invaluable feedback on how the plan might best serve the surrounding community.

“We were thrilled with the level of institutional and community interest during the socialization process,” said IMD Executive Director Dr. Suzet McKinney. “The updated plan will affect everyone’s IMD experience, and it was important to us that residents, partners and community leaders all had a voice in the process.”

Implementation of the 2016 Master Plan has already begun. The IMD has convened a Parking Task Force to evaluate and resolve parking and traffic challenges in the District, and is exploring funding opportunities to address stakeholder recommendations. Included in these recommendations are a District-wide transportation service, crosswalk enhancements and streetscape improvements.

In addition, IMD has begun working with the City on a comprehensive amendment to Planned Development 30 (PD 30), the zoning ordinance for the District. This amendment is a critical step in creating a physical environment that is representative of a world class medical district. Areas that will be addressed in the PD 30 amendment include permitted uses, density, parking, land coverage and setbacks.

“All of the work that we do is focused on the transformation of the IMD into a more vibrant and thriving urban environment,” continued Dr. McKinney. “The 2016 Master Plan is the catalyst for achieving our shared vision for the future.”

Expected outcomes of the 2016 Master Plan include elevating the brand of the IMD in order to attract new and innovative businesses, creating a more collaborative environment with a more diverse mix of uses and supporting the redevelopment plans of IMD partners. To view the plan online, click here.

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The Illinois Medical District (IMD) fosters economic growth by supporting healthcare, research, program, technology commercialization and real estate development initiatives. The IMD 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.

IMDC Releases Draft Master Plan for Public Feedback Period

March 8th, 2016
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Ryan Gage
Director of Marketing and Communication
RGage@medicaldistrict.org
312-738-5800

IMDC Releases Draft Master Plan for Public Feedback Period
Revisions include recommendations and guidelines for enhancement and
sustainability in one of the nation’s largest urban medical districts

 

CHICAGO– the Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) today opened the public comment period for its 2016 Illinois Medical District (IMD) Master Plan. The numerous initiatives currently underway throughout the District necessitate an updated plan, which provides a framework for coordinated development and will help drive economic growth.

The 2016 Master Plan is the result of a 16 month collaboration between the IMDC and lead planning agency Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB). Additionally, Sam Schwartz Engineering and Site Design Group served as consultants. Development of the plan occurred in three phases. Priority areas include promoting urban style development, supporting transit use and walkability and providing quality amenities for District employees, patients, residents and visitors.

“We’ve socialized the plan among elected officials, City departments and our stakeholders,” said IMDC Executive Director Dr. McKinney. “Now we want to turn it over to the public, whose invaluable feedback will help determine the best path forward.”

Through research, data collection, interviews, meetings and focus groups, a report was created to highlight the existing conditions of the District and identify the needs of its diverse group of stakeholders. The existing conditions report also serves as a guide for future analysis and additional planning recommendations.

The data collected for the existing conditions report showed that the previous Master Plan, created in 1997, no longer aligns with many of the institutions’ plans for future expansion. The updated plan includes new recommendations to help institutions implement goals and policies to achieve a unified vision for the future of the District. It addresses the recognized need for modernization, sharing resources, improving amenities, safety and security.

In the third phase of the planning process, a document of design guidelines was created. These guidelines establish a set of requirements and recommendations for keeping in line with the goals of the M aster Plan. Among the design guidelines are requirements for building size and density, landscape areas, open spaces and streetscape.

“This extensive project is rooted in our desire to foster a collaborative, well-connected environment for our stakeholders and the community,” continued Dr. McKinney. “By working together, we can achieve common goals and build upon what is already a world class urban medical district.”

The IMDC is planning to host a series of community meetings, during which time residents will have the opportunity to hear more about the plan and offer their feedback. The dates and times of those meetings will be announced at a later date. The public comment period will remain open until Monday, April 4th. Individuals can also submit feedback via email at IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. Individuals who do not have access to email can call 312-738-5800 and ask to speak with IMDC Manager of Operations and Planning, Chris Fahey.

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The Illinois Medical District Commission (IMDC) fosters economic growth of 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.  www.medicaldistrict.org

IMD Master Plan Draft

In October of 2014, the IMDC began stakeholder outreach, focus group meetings and conducted research to inform a series of updates to the IMD Master Plan. Priority areas included promoting urban style development, providing quality amenities for employees and supporting transit use and walkability. We gathered that feedback, research and data and presented the updated Master Plan to the City Planning and Building departments, various elected officials and the IMDC Board of Commissioners. Now, we would like to present the plan to our stakeholders and the general public for a period of comment and additional feedback. To view the plan, click here. The public comment period will be open until April 4th, 2016. Please email your feedback to IMDMasterPlan@medicaldistrict.org. The numerous initiatives currently underway in the IMD make an updated master plan essential for future success. So we welcome your feedback as we begin to determine the best path forward for the IMD. We look forward to working together to build on what is already a world class urban Medical District.

Psychological First Aid: Children and Disasters – Training Course 11/21/15

PREPAREDNESS TRAINING COURSE

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PREPAREDNESS TRAINING COURSE

“Psychological First Aid: Children and Disasters”

Saturday, Nov. 21st 11:00 am – 2 p.m.

Do you want to help prepare Chicago in case of a natural disaster or emergency? Are you a community service provider or a volunteer looking to improve and strengthen your skills in assisting others with their disaster related mental health needs?  Then attend a no costPreparedness Training Course with the Chicago Department of Public Health.  Seating is limited.

You will learn to:

  • Identify the basic objectives and intervention strategies of Psychological First Aid.
  • Gain skills needed to implement the intervention strategies of Psychological First Aid.
  • Adapt Psychological First Aid in diverse settings and with different populations. Special attention will be provided to children and youth
  • Appreciate the importance of providing Psychological First Aid in the aftermath of disaster.
  • Gain confidence in implementing Psychological First Aid in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.
  • Identify ways to enhance provider care before, during, and after disaster care.

Location: The Chicago Department of Public Health Training Center at: 1642 N. Besly Court in Chicago60642.  Free parking is available.

Register for your course now.

1.     Go to http://www.cdphlms.com/Public/default.aspx

2.     Create a user name and password

3.     Click on Course Catalog (on left side of homepage)

4.     Under Browse Catalog, select Public Health Emergency Preparedness and select your course: PSY 25 “Psychological First Aid: Children and Disasters”, 11/21/15 at 11:00 a.m.- 2:00p.m%20at%20Nikoleta.Boukydis@cityofchicago.org.">

For help registering or for more information, contact
Nikoleta Boukydis, Psy.D., at Nikoleta.Boukydis@cityofchicago.org.

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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&U@medicaldistrict.org with ideas and topics of interest.

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


 

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