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New Lake Forest Hospital to Break Ground in October

Recent approval to build the $378 million, 470,000-square foot hospital paves the way for it to open by 2017, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital | Credit: File Photo
Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital | Credit: File Photo
Lake Forest will have a new $378 million medical facility in a few years once ground is broken this fall on the Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital.

The project was recently approved by the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board and construction of the new 470,000-square foot hospital on the facility's current 170-acre campus will begin in October, according to a Chicago Tribune report. A 60,000-square foot medical office building, which plans to house about 60 doctors, will be connected to the hospital, the report stated.

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Officials hope to have their first patients by 2017, the report added.

According to the Tribune, officials said advancements that will come with the new hospital include:
  • telemedicine technology, which allows doctors to improve patient treatment by accessing information between medical sites
  • a teaching component
  • private rooms
  • common area
  • hiking and biking trails linked to community trails

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