Evergreen Park, Ill. — More than 1500 people from Chicago’s southwest area joined the Little Company of Mary (LCM) leaders, doctors and staff to celebrate the opening of the hospital’s new replacement patient tower located at 2800 W. 95th St. in Evergreen Park.
"We opened our doors to give the community a sneak peek of the new West Pavilion and to thank them for their support of our ongoing Campus Transformation Project," said LCM President & CEO Dennis Reilly. "We owe a lot to our community, many of whom were born at Little Company of Mary, for making this possible."
During the event, which began at 11 a.m. Sunday, October 14, 2012, guests enjoyed 30-minute tours of the 300,000 square-foot building. The tours began on the 6th floor, medical/surgical unit and concluded on the first floor, where the community got a glance of the area's first Comprehensive Women's Center for Life and Health. The Center incorporates a serene waterwall that promotes healing and peace of mind. Physicians, nurses and staff from a variety of LCM departments greeted attendees and highlighted the new amenities that the West Pavilion has to offer.
The new Comprehensive Women's Center for Life and Health, a cornerstone of the Campus Transformation Project, will address women's health and wellness needs conveniently under one roof. By combining the latest clinical advances with empowering patient education, the hospital will provide forward-thinking, gender-sensitive health care for women through all stages of life.
A first-of-its-kind for the area, the Women's Center houses a breast center that is accredited by the NAPBC (National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers). This accreditation is only given to a select few centers across the country that have voluntarily committed to provide the highest level of quality breast care. The Center offers specialty services in beautiful surroundings, geared toward a holistic approach.
In addition to getting an exclusive first look at the Women’s Center, guests at the open house enjoyed viewing the West Pavilion’s spacious private patient rooms. The new rooms offer natural lighting, daybeds for visitors, hand washing stations at the entrance of every room, reducing the risk of infection, and technology that allows the patient to control their room environment.
The community was moved to learn that Brahms's Lullaby is played each time a new baby is welcomed to the world in the Family Birth Center (FBC). The FBC provides a spacious and tranquil environment allowing mother, baby and family to remain together and comfortable during a very special time.
The state-of-the-art Family Birth Center is equipped and ready to care for specials births including multiples. Many rooms provide a beautiful view to the rooftop garden. The first 1,000 expectant mothers that toured the new FBC received The New York Times best-selling book, What to Expect When You are Expecting, compliments of Little Company of Mary's Obstetrics and Gynecology groups, Women’s Healthcare Affiliates and Women’s Healthcare Center.
Little Company of Mary has long offered a safe and loving environment delivering more than 200,000 babies into the world — exceeding all other hospitals in the Southwest Chicago area. The new family-focused Center will continue to bring babies into the world safely and in a loving manner.
Original artwork by local artists who participated in the hospital's West Pavilion Art Program was incorporated into the tour. The art program is designed to reflect LCM’s mission and focus on patient-centered care. It also integrates the arts harmoniously with the new West Pavilion's architecture and interiors, supports a healing environment, reduces stress, and offers inspiration and a transformative experience for all.
The images included in the West Pavilion Art Program inspire hope and offer respite, and reflect nature scenes, cultural diversity, family and community. The program includes art by two local artists Carole Wilson and Kathleen Newman and photographs by the City of Chicago's official photographer Patrick Pyszka.
The festivities continued with music by local schools, such as Evergreen Park High School, Marist High School, Roseland Christian Academy and Lavin Cassidy School of Irish Dancing. Guests also enjoyed performances by community musicians Bridget Cavanaugh & Pat Otto, as well as by the Beatles cover band Vera, Chuck and Dave, led by Dr. Michael F. Thomas, president of LCM’s medical staff.
LCM has a rich history of providing the community with nationally recognized, high-quality care. The new West Pavilion will allow the hospital to focus on its family-centered care model, using the latest medical technology to best serve Chicago's southwest community.