Jesse Brown VA Medical Center Finished

This project, which is constructed by a Walsh-DeMaria Joint Venture, consists of a 200-bed inpatient expansion to the existing VA Westside Medical Center.

Work includes a new 20-bed ICU, both outpatient surgery on the ground level and eight inpatient OR’s on the second level, and emergency medicine. The 8-story, 240,000 SF building provides 30-bed units, two per floor. The building is organized around a central courtyard, which is seen as the heart of the project. The courtyard allows the addition to connect to the existing structure while retaining views and light for the patients.

Location: Chicago, Illinois
Owner: Veterans Administration
Architect: Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill LLP
Project Value: $ 82M
Completion Date: May 2007

The Jesse Brown VA Medical Center consists of a 188-bed acute care facilitiy and four community based outpatient clinics. Jesse Brown VAMC provides care to approximately 62,000 veterans who reside in the City of Chicago and Cook County, Illinois and in six counties in northwestern Indiana. In FY04, the medical center had approximately 7,600 inpatient admissions and 531,000 outpatient visits. A budget of over $235 million supports approximately 1,800 staff, including 180 physicians and 590 nurses. Over 500 individuals volunteer at Jesse Brown VAMC sites of care. The overrididing strategic direction of Jesse Brown VAMC over the next several years is implementation of Capital Asset realignment for Enchanced Services (CARES) initiatives approved by the Secretary Principi in February 2002. The major Chicago-related components of the CARES study are the construction of a new 205 bed tower at the Medical Center and the enhanced use lease of the Lakeside community based outpatient clinic property. Affiliations: Feinberg School of Medicine of Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School


Community-Based Outpatient Clinics

In addition to our main facility in Chicago, we offer services in four community-based outpatient clinics. These clinics are located in —

* Auburn-Gresham Clinic
* Chicago Heights Clinic
* Crown Point Clinic
* Lakeside Clinic

Mission

Honor America's veterans by providing exceptional health care that improves their health and well being.
Vision

To be a patient-centered, integrated health care organization for veterans providing excellent health care, research and education; an organization where people choose to work; an active community partner and a back up for National emergencies
Key Business Drivers

Our key business drivers are quality, financial integrity, patient satisfaction, and employee satisfaction.
Values

We value trust, respect, commitment, compassion, and excellence.

The US Department of Veteran Affairs contracted Waslh/DeMaria Construction to consolidate and modernize the inpatient services at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Walsh/DeMaria chose Block Electric Company as the electrical subcontractor. The electrical contract was let first because of the complicated existing conditions at the site. Three buildings needed new medium voltage services from the central plant before demolition of the existing buildings could begin. The problem was that the structures to be demolished lay between the central plant and the buildings to be re-fed. Boring deep under the existing structures solved the problem. It took extensive planning to assure the new underground duct banks would not interfere with the new hospital construction.

This project consists of a 200-bed inpatient/outpatient expansion to the existing Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The scope of work includes a new 20-bed intensive care unit, an outpatient surgery department on the ground level and 8 inpatient operating rooms on the second level. There are 90 inpatient rooms on the 5th and 6th floors and a dialysis unit with 20 supporting patient rooms on the 4th floor. The 7th floor is dedicated to the mental health and behavior unit, which consists of 29 patient rooms, including isolation facilities. Hospital support facilities are located on the first floor of the new building, which include a surgical supply processing unit, emergency medicine facilities, satellite pharmacy and a new chapel.